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  • Work starts on £4.4 million regional office for Bloor Homes

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  • Work starts on £4.4 million regional office for Bloor Homes

    Construction work to create a new £4.4 million regional office for a national housebuilder in Tewkesbury is underway.

    Midlands-based Deeley Construction has started work on Bloor Homes’ new purpose-built 18,000 sq ft regional office, replacing the company’s Furrowfield Park office – which has been its home for the last 14 years.

    Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, is completing the two-storey development to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ status.

    Plans include a belt of trees and a native species hedgerow being planted on the southern side of the development, with 66 car-parking spaces, with 30% of these offering EV charging points.

    The new office will facilitate the growth of the Bloor Homes workforce and create further job opportunities in the Tewkesbury Borough over the next five years.

    Steve Roberts, Regional Managing Director at Bloor Homes, said: “Bloor has successfully operated from our Furrowfield Park premises for over 14 years, during which time we have delivered a number of high-quality residential developments within the Western region as a whole and Tewkesbury Borough in particular.

    “However, we have now outgrown our current premises and even with the introduction of flexible working arrangements, the constrained office space and car-parking limitations are preventing future growth and job creation.

    “The move will also provide a regional training centre for our site-based staff.

    “It’s important to us that we continue to contribute to the local economy and its economic wellbeing – and building our new regional office in the Tewkesbury Borough allows us to do just that.

    “Many of our office-based staff are local residents and through our other activities in the area we in-directly support a large number of jobs in the local construction sector and associated supply chain.

    “The location of our new office will allow more employees to find alternative methods of travel due to the reduced commute distance and flexible-working means that arrivals and departure times for staff are staggered, subsequently reducing the amount of peak-time traffic.”

    Steve Turner, Construction Director at Deeley Construction, added: “We are pleased to have started work on-site for this sustainable new office for one of the UK’s largest housebuilders.

    “We are using our internal expertise and external energy consultants to deliver this as a low-carbon facility, which will support both Deeley Group and Bloor Homes in reaching net zero carbon targets.

    “Our on-site team are taking appropriate measure to ensure limited disruption to the nearby residents and the project is targeted for completion in October 2022.”

     

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Eamonn Gorman (Deeley Construction), Jonathan Wood (Stoas Architects), Steve Roberts (Bloor Homes Western MD), Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), Arat Patel (Stoas Architects) and Keith Warburton (MDA Consulting Ltd).

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  • BLOG: Ready to respond to changing retails patterns

    Covid has had many impacts on various elements of society that will continue long after the threat from the virus has passed – and none more so than retail patterns.

    Clearly, to assign the changes in our shopping habit purely to Covid, would be disingenuous.

    Significant change in the world of retail was underway long before we first heard of the emergence of the virus, but, if nothing more, it has accelerated a trend that was emerging strongly.

    The decline of the High Street has run in parallel with the rise of out of town shopping. There are a number of factors for that.

    Firstly, as inflationary pressures continue to grow and household incomes are squeezed, people tend to spend a higher proportion of their income on the essentials, and less on leisure shopping.

    Out of town developments cater more for that sort of retail with a high presence of food, carpets, furniture, technology and DIY.

    City centre retails needs a number of things to happen in terms of planning and an overhaul of the rating system for it to revitalise and be lifted from the doldrums.

    There needs to be a fresh approach on planning to encourage more change of use to residential and increase footfall. It needs to be far more flexible if we are to see real change, and that is what is needed.

    Locally, for example, there is a plan in Leamington – a town which to an extent bucks this trend – to convert a former M&S store into offices and potentially bring more than 200 workers into the town centre. That will be a pattern across the country.

    We are almost getting to a stage where town centre retail value has dropped to a point – sometimes by 60-70 per cent – to enable that regeneration to happen.

    The attitude has to change from being one of the institutional investor who wants 25 years rent from a large anchor store to a more active management which drives more place-making and shows an increased entrepreneurial and flexible approach.

    You find that that happening in parts of London and, locally, with FarGo Village in Coventry – a more vibrant and changing scene. Social patterns are changing and retail has to keep pace. Young people don’t always want to own a car and go to a department store, but they want to drink good coffee, practice yoga, be vegan and play crazy golf.

    There is a constant search for the next experience, which is why pop-ups do so well, and why there are now specialist agencies advising investors and large institutional funders in how they can adjust to meet the trends.

    That means we may well end up with a model that has two very distinct ends. The one is almost wholly leisure and experiential, while the other – mostly out of town – is very essential and efficient.

    We have done a great deal of work in the latter end of the market and have recently built Sofology and Lidl stores in Birmingham. Quite often now, a food store is the anchor of a wider development which contains those essentials, and those larger units with car parking will be more appealing to those who remain Covid cautious.

    We have a track record in creating out-of-town stores across the country and we are expecting that more conversion work will come through the pipeline

    The cost of that is always quite high so value levels still have to fall to make it work economically, but that is starting to happen. The return the office, which appears to be accelerating, will help the High Street leisure businesses.

    There will be further twists and turns in all areas of our lives as we emerge further from the last two years, but there is increasing clarity around the future of  retail and we believe, as a business, we are well placed to serve both ends of the new market.

    Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director

     

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  • National award for Woodside Care Village

    A care home in Warwick has received national recognition after claiming a major construction industry prize.

    Woodside Care Village, run by Warwickshire care home charity WCS Care, has been named winner of ‘Best Purpose Built Accommodation’ at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2021 at a ceremony in London.

    The £7.5 million care home was constructed by midlands-based Deeley Construction and designed by Warwick-based Robothams Architects.

    Completed in 2019, the care home offers a village-style experience for 72 adults including people with mobility needs, dementia and hearing loss.

    Woodside Care Village features cutting edge circadian lighting and night time acoustic monitoring technology, along with its own spa, hair salon, cinema, shop, launderette, and gardens with a bike track, outdoor gym equipment and water features, all arranged around an outdoor plaza that’s like a typical village square.

    The national award comes after the care home took home the regional West Midlands prize in 2021, with Woodside Care Village one of three schemes to be shortlisted for the national prize.

    Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are very proud to have worked with WCS Care to deliver their high tech, innovative care home in Warwick.

    “At the Deeley Group we believe in the power of community and improving the communities we are part of, and this care home will continue to improve the quality of life for residents for many years to come.

    “This is a fantastic scheme that was delivered for WCS Care through great partnerships with Robothams and Waldeck. It is great recognition for our dedicated team to win this major national award.”

    Ed Russell, Chief Executive of WCS Care, said: “We’re delighted that Woodside Care Village has been recognised for its innovative design and construction nationally by winning LABC’s People & Place Award for New Housing – Best Purpose Built Accommodation.

    “A huge thank you to everyone involved in building and designing the care home including Deeley Group, Waldeck, CLB and Robothams Architects, as well as our staff and residents, who’ve made it a fantastic place to live and work.

    “Design is fundamental to supporting us with our approach to care and we’ve challenged typical thinking about what a care home looks like. It means we’re able to really focus on quality of life, providing plenty of opportunities for people to continue enjoying what they’ve always done.”

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  • Bespoke designer kitchens installed at Moreton Edge

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  • Poppy Meadows tops out

    A topping out ceremony was held to mark the key milestone for Housing 21’s latest Extra Care scheme, which has been developed in partnership with South and Vale District Council, Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal and Oxfordshire County Council.

     

    The Housing 21 team was joined by representatives from Deeley Construction, Oxfordshire County Council and South and Vale District Council, and Osbornes to celebrate the occasion.

    Poppy Meadows is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Didcot and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development will offer 60 apartments available for social rent and a further 20 available for shared ownership. Poppy Meadows has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed.

    The new homes are being built in the Vale of White Horse district and are being supported with £2.4m funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal to help deliver affordable homes for the community.

    Residents will benefit from a range of on-site facilities, including a café/bistro and hair salon, which are also accessible to visitors and the local community. There is also a residents’ lounge, activity room, and communal gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.

    Debbie Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone in the development of Poppy Meadows. The scheme will provide much needed affordable homes for older people, with on-site, tailored care and support packages available to help residents live independently for as long as possible. It will also provide space for residents to stay socially connected, safely.”

    Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to see the development hit this major milestone and to celebrate the great strides our on-site team have made over recent months.

    “We have been working in partnership with Housing 21, Quattro and Osbornes on the Poppy Meadows development, and it is these strong partnerships that have enabled construction to progress on track despite current pressures and issues presented by the market and supply chain.

    “Our team will continue to work with the local community in Didcot to minimise disruption to the local area on what is a logistically challenging site.”

    Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I came along to the groundbreaking ceremony last year, so it is exciting to see the construction work completed so quickly, ready for the final phase to start.

    “We are delighted we’ve been able to help bring new homes that people in our district need. These Extra Care homes are in the heart of the community on Great Western Park, giving residents their own independence while still being able to receive the day-to-day support they need.”

    Poppy Meadows is set to open in early 2023 and the scheme’s show home will be open from late Summer 2022 Housing 21 is currently taking expressions of interest from those interested in buying or renting an apartment. Any enquiries should be directed to the New Home Team on newhome@housing21.org.uk or 0345 608 4021, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

    For more information about Housing 21, visit www.housing21.org.uk

    Photo caption: Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21; Judy Roberts, South and Vale District Council; Eleanor Deeley, Deeley Group; Lisa Ord, Osbornes.

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  • Bespoke designer kitchens installed at Moreton Edge

    Two Coventry headquartered family-firms have joined forces to bring bespoke designer kitchens to a popular Cotswolds development.

    Midlands developer the Deeley Group and Burbidge & Son Kitchen Makers have partnered together to create new kitchens at Moreton Edge – a Deeley Homes development in Moreton-in-Marsh.

    It sees the companies, which are headquartered under a mile away from each other, work together for the first time since Deeley Construction built Burbidge & Son’s distribution centre a decade ago.

    Moreton Edge is a development of 16 new homes, ranging from two-bedroom cottages to a three-storey, five-bedroom home, all built around a private garden and green space.

    Kitchen Makers’ kitchens are all handmade made locally in Coventry and the first of the kitchens has now been installed at Moreton Edge.

    The high-specification kitchens are made with solid wood and will be hand-painted one of 16 different tints and hues by request of the home owner – giving each home a distinct identity.

    Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director at the Deeley Group, said: “Burbidge & Son is a highly-respected name and their Kitchen Makers brand slots in perfectly with the bespoke nature of our Moreton Edge development.

    “Burbidge & Son is a company that is steeped in history and holds many of the same values as Deeley Group.

    “It makes it even better that the company is based a stone’s throw away from our headquarters in Coventry and this is a great example of two local companies working together to deliver on a project.”

    Ben Burbidge, managing director at Burbidge & Son, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Deeley Homes to introduce our Kitchen Makers’ products into the wonderful new development at Moreton-in-Marsh.

    “In the past, we had been the client in the relationship between Burbidge and Deeley, but that has now flipped and we are now doing work for them.

    “While our core business is selling kitchens through independent retailers, we have been expanding our offer when it comes to new-build developments.

    “The first kitchen is now installed and it looks great. We have been in talks with a number of the buyers at the development about their kitchens and look forward to working with them more closely to create the perfect kitchen for their home at Moreton Edge.”

    Moreton Edge is being marketed by Oliver Knight New Homes.

    For more information on the development and remaining properties visit www.deeley.co.uk/homes/our-developments/moreton-edge/

    To find out more about Kitchen Makers visit www.burbidgekitchenmakers.co.uk

    ENDS

    PICTURE CAPTION: Eleanor Deeley and Ben Burbidge at Moreton Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh.

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  • EV dynamic charging hub opens in Wolverhampton

    A UK-first electric vehicle (EV) dynamic charging hub is open in Wolverhampton.

    The site is the first of over 150 charging hubs being delivered across the UK by Osprey Charging in a £75 million programme to eliminate charging anxiety ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars.

    Osprey worked closely with Deeley Construction, who delivered the new Costa Coffee site at which the hub is located, and Connect It Utility Services, who ensured the high power charging installation was built and energised on time and to high quality.

    EV uptake in the Midlands is expected to skyrocket over the next decade, with a report from Midlands Connect projecting the number of registered EVs in the Midlands – currently at around 45,000 – to reach 1.7 million by 2030 – an increase of over 3,000%. This huge growth in EV adoption will require a sixfold increase in the number of EV charging points to meet demand for charging.

    Other factors – such as Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone introduced in June 2021 to tackle air pollution –  are accelerating this trend, encouraging drivers in the region to move away from old polluting petrol and diesel vehicles to electric alternatives. Public EV charging infrastructure, such as Osprey’s new Wolverhampton hub, will help ensure that the transition to EVs in the region is both rapid and smooth.

    Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “Whether it’s gigafactories, EV manufacturing or Clean Air Zones, The West Midlands is leading the way on low carbon transport, cementing its role at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

    “The opening of our high-powered charging hub in Wolverhampton – the first of 10 in construction this year – once again puts the region at the leading edge of innovation, marking a step-change in the UK’s EV infrastructure as we accelerate towards mass adoption of EVs. The site, which deploys multiple high-powered chargers, will provide a blueprint for hundreds more right across the UK, meaning no waiting times for drivers and an overall outstanding customer experience.”

    The site is a major boost to regional EV charging infrastructure, hosting four high power rapid chargers that can add up to 100 miles of charge in just 10 minutes. Located adjacent to the A463, the hub will serve major transport routes in the area that see more than 130,000 vehicles pass by daily, and has a Costa Coffee on-site, allowing drivers to relax and make use of their facilities while they charge.

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “As a company we have achieved carbon neutral status and are targeting net zero by 2036. Therefore, it is vital to us that we include sustainable features in all of our developments.

    “Electric vehicles are at the heart of the drive to reduce carbon emissions and the high-power charging hub at the new Costa Coffee site will make it easier and more accessible for drivers in the region to go electric, and as a result reduce their carbon footprints.”

    Martin Pitt, local EV driver, said: “I switched to an EV just over two years ago and haven’t looked back since – they are cheap to run, great to drive and importantly, cause much less harm to the environment than petrol and diesel vehicles. However, availability and ease of charging puts a lot of people off making the switch.

    “Osprey’s new hub in Wolverhampton is great news for drivers in the Midlands and those en route. The sooner we have more projects like this, the better.”

    UK-first technology deployed in Wolverhampton a “game-changer” for EV charging

    Osprey’s Wolverhampton hub is the first site in the UK deploy a game-changing new technology – Kempower – which is enabling more locations than ever before to host multiple high-powered chargers on a single site.

    Kempower chargers work together to optimise charging across multiple vehicles when more than one EV is plugged in. They allow power to be distributed based on demand, which varies significantly between individual vehicles due to the maximum charging rate of each model and its battery percentage at the point of charge.

    This can reduce waiting times significantly, maximising the speed and availability of chargers for drivers, and increasing consumer footfall for the landowners hosting the hubs.

    The technology also means grid connections can be optimised, allowing multiple high-power chargers to be installed per site and offering higher charging speeds without the need for more grid power. The physical footprint of each charger is also reduced by 74%, allowing space for more chargers, improving accessibility and reducing their visual impact to support planning permission.

    Osprey’s £75 million UK-wide EV charging hub rollout will see a total of 1,500 150-175KW rapid chargers installed across 150 sites nationwide over the next four years. Each hub will be located on strategic A-roads and adjacent to motorways, hosting up to 12 high powered chargers.

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