A Coventry construction worker has been honoured with an annual award in his last act before retirement.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for by employees of the company.
Site operative Billy Griffith has become the seventh recipient of the Gary Neville Award in his final year working for the Deeley Group.
Billy said: “This is certainly a great way to sign off my 35 year association with the Deeley Group and I’m very honoured to have received this award.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside a lot of great people during my time with the firm and to know that your colleagues voted for you makes it all the more special.
“Gary was a well-respected colleague who I worked with for many years and this award is fitting tribute to him and his legacy.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group and wish everyone the best for the future.”
The award honours Gary Neville, who joined the company as an apprentice and went on to lead some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.
Gary passed away in 2011 and the awarded is presented to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Billy received widespread praise from his colleagues, reflecting the values we have at the Deeley Group.
“Over the past seven years everyone at the company has embraced the award, as each year we remember Gary and the vibrant, popular man that he was.
“During his time working for the firm, Billy has carried himself with great integrity and built a respect amongst his colleagues.
“His strengths were his multi-disciplinary skillset gave him the ability to complete any task asked of him, but more importantly he was reliable.
“We would like to thank Billy for his years of valued service at the Deeley Group and he is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.”
A Coventry company has started work on the final piece in its Belgrade Plaza jigsaw – 12 years on from its first development in the area.
Deeley Construction has been appointed to complete a new £6.8 million development on Bond Street in Coventry City Centre.
The project, which will be known as Bond’s Lodge, has broken ground and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities has appointed Deeley Construction to carry out the project, which has been designed by Nicol Thomas Architects.
The completed scheme will see a three-storey building erected, featuring 45 self-contained apartments for the elderly.
It marks the company’s first project awarded from Homes England’s DPP3 Framework.
It is being funded from the Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities’ own resources, fundraising, together with a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank.
The Almshouses, now run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, were founded in the early 1500s and today are both sheltered housing schemes for elderly citizens in the city.
Since the Second World War, the charity has engaged in two major projects in Hill Street, the building of Bond’s Court in 1985 and the extension of Bond’s Hospital in 2004.
With the completion of Bond’s Lodge, the number of residents will have risen from 22 in 1509 to more than 150 in 2020.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, added: “We have acquired the long lease of a site opposite Bond’s Hospital Almshouse, which will see 45 apartments built for the elderly.
“We have engaged Deeley Construction as the building contractor on this project and are very happy to be working with a company of Deeley’s integrity to complete it.
“Work is now underway on site and we expect it to be completed, with the flats ready for occupation, in the autumn of 2020.”
The project is the third development carried out by Deeley in the area, with the nearby multi-storey car park completed 12 years ago and the Belgrade Plaza development in 2008.
Belgrade Plaza is now a thriving mixed-use scheme, home to restaurants, residential and fitness facilities – serving the community in Coventry city centre.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “The ground-breaking at Bond Street marks an important milestone in the company’s development of the area.
“The apartments created in this development will be a vital resource for elderly people who are looking to live in the city centre.
“We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Coventry Church Municipal Charities to deliver this project.”
Councillor John Blundell, Lord Mayor of Coventry, added: “There is a clear need for more accommodation of this type in our city centre and the development on Bond Street will help to cater for this need.
“Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities have done some excellent work in regenerating properties across the city, including the Bond’s Hospital, and providing homes for the elderly.
“It was fantastic to be on hand with the charity and Deeley Construction to mark the start of building this development
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Cllr John Blundell Lord Mayor of Coventry, Richard Hammond (Deeley Group) , Edward Hudson (Deeley Group), Marc Neville (Deeley Group), Victor Keene MBE (Coventry Church Municipal Charities), Simon Peplow (Nicol Thomas Architects) and Nick Southern (Deeley Group).
The Deeley Group has been making the future of Coventry and Warwickshire a top priority for business at a two-week festival held in the region.
The Deeley Group delivered two events at the second annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF), with development plans and educational prospects in the region providing the inspiration.
The CWBF was initiated by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub in 2017, and this year held over 100 diverse business events spread across the region.
The Deeley Group hosted the two separate events at its George House headquarters on Herald Avenue.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Plans event, where a range of plans for the region were showcased by local council members, attracted contractors, architects, project managers and quantity surveyors from across the city and beyond.
Mark Andrews, Planning Policy Manager at Coventry City Council, discussed some of the on-going developments at Coventry University and the University of Warwick, including student accommodation and projects within the city centre.
Dave Barber, Head of Development Services at Warwick District Council, then covered developments across the region including several housing and industrial developments that are currently being delivered.
The speakers, who were introduced by Deeley Group Managing Director Peter Deeley, then held a Q&A session, as well as an open discussion to see how the delivery of residential and non-residential developments across the region could be improved.
Representatives from construction and education industries had joined forces earlier in the festival at the ‘Building the Future of Coventry and Warwickshire’ event.
Kathryn Lennon Johnson, founder of Built Environment Skills in Schools, facilitated a discussion on how human-made surroundings can help teachers expand their curriculum, and enhance learning capabilities.
She was joined by a panel that included Stuart Taylor, Director at fireFLY Aerial Innovation, Phil Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Advisor to the Construction Industry Training Board, and Dawn Spicer, Associate Director of Robothams Architects, as well as Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager of Deeley Construction.
Peter said: “The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival has once again provided a fantastic platform for organisations in the area to come together and discuss the matters that are most important to them.
“I hope all of our guests at both events can see the positive feeling we have about the development of the region, and the direction that it is heading.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to our events, and for taking part in what were two very successful sessions.”
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
Stonewater has started construction on 27 new affordable homes at Feather Lane in Nuneaton, including eight two- and three-bedroom houses for shared ownership.
The leading social housing provider’s low-cost, part buy, part rent scheme offers an affordable route to home ownership for first time buyers and local people struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.
Prospective buyers will be able to purchase from a 40 per cent to 70 per cent stake in Stonewater’s shared ownership homes and pay a reduced rent on the remainder. They will then have the option of increasing their shareholding at a later date, and ultimately buying their home outright.
Stonewater’s new Feather Lane development will also provide a mix of eight two- and 11 three-bedroom energy-efficient houses for affordable rent and will be advertised and allocated through the Council’s Choice Based Lettings Register, NBBCHomes, which prioritises those with a local connection to the Borough. All the new homes will have their own private back gardens and allocated parking.
“Shared ownership is a fantastic way to help people get onto the property ladder without having to pay unrealistic amounts of money at the beginning,” says Matthew Crucefix, Stonewater’s Assistant Director of Development. “With the average home in the district reaching £176,284* which is more than seven times the typical local wage, most people simply cannot afford to buy their own home. Shared ownership makes home ownership more accessible to these people who are being priced out of homes in their area.”
Stonewater is working in partnership with Deeley Affordable Living and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council on this scheme which is being built on the former lawn bowls green of the old Bermuda Park Sports Ground.
The homes are due for completion in December next year.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, says: “The Deeley Group has been at the forefront of regeneration in Bermuda over several decades, bringing huge social and economic benefits to the community. We are, therefore, delighted to be working in partnership with Stonewater and the Borough Council on this latest development.”
Councillor Barry Longden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Communities, says: “With priority given to local people, this scheme is a fantastic way to give residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth a helping hand onto the property ladder. The homes being built on this development present a great opportunity for first time buyers in the area and will ensure that more local people will be able to afford to own their own home. The Council are always looking for ways to assist individuals into the property or rental markets, and initiatives such as this one are a great way to provide people with the help they need when taking the first step.”
A Coventry site manager has received national acclaim from the country’s largest construction safety group.
Bob Hodgkiss, who works for Deeley Construction, has been named ‘Site Manager of the Year’ for the Midlands at the annual British Safety Group (BSG) Awards.
He joined the business in 2013 and is currently site manager at the company’s Lillington Church development in Leamington.
The development will feature a brand new, state-of-the-art place of worship as well as 25 shared ownership homes, including six apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom houses.
The work on the scheme is being carried out in partnership with Lillington Free Church and Orbit.
Bob said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious prize and it really is a great honour to be presented with this renowned health and safety award.
“It was a fantastic evening, celebrating the work of health and safety professionals across construction and it was great to be a part of it.”
Bob has also worked on other landmark developments for Deeley Construction, including the Stagecoach Depot and Engineering Hub, and Union Park, both in Leamington.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “I would like to congratulate Bob on behalf of everyone at Deeley Construction.
“This is a highly regarded award from the BSG and is testament to the hard work that Bob puts in day in, day out to ensure health and safety standards are raised on site.”
Paul Kimpton, BSG Managing Director, said: “The BSG Awards ceremony was once again a national celebration of our members’ dedicated commitment to Health and Safety in construction.
“Recognised award winners such as Bob should be immensely proud of their achievement and highly commended for their admirable approach to reducing risk in the workplace.
“It is BSG Members such as Deeley Construction who make a significant contribution to raising the bar when it comes to health and safety standards across the sector, and we offer them our congratulations.”
A major independent developer and constructor in the Midlands has launched a new affordable homes division.
The Deeley Group, which is headquartered in Coventry, has established Deeley Affordable Living offering a full affordable housing service, working in partnership with land owners, local authorities and social housing providers across the wider region.
Deeley has delivered 550 affordable homes for a range of organisations and providers in the last four years and is currently working on four schemes in the region.
Anthony Holt, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector has been recruited to head the new division which was launched with an event looking into the provision of affordable and social housing and how the system could be streamlined.
Karl Tupling of Homes England, Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western and Helen Collins, Head of Housing Consultancy at Savills, spoke at the event which was attended by 60 housing industry figures at George House, Deeley’s headquarters.
Holt, who joined the company from Orbit Homes, said: “Deeley has developed an expertise in working for developers, local authorities and registered providers and has built up a track record in quality, affordable homes.
“The company’s experience in land, development and construction means we can offer a full service to clients which will deliver a site, planning consents, construction and a delivered product, or any of those individual components.
“We have worked in partnership with the likes of Orbit Homes, Waterloo Housing, Bromford, Stonewater and are on the Homes England’s Delivery Partner Panel so we have deep understanding of what providers need but, unlike many other construction firms, we also have the other capabilities in-house, which allows us to offer a far wider service.
“Our 80-plus years of working in this region also gives us unrivalled local knowledge which can be of real value when looking to develop sites, including brownfield land which is key to helping reach the numbers required by government.
“We have had a very good reaction from the industry in the build up to our launch and have already had some strong interest.”
The launch event looked at the issues with planning, land supply and demand, and explored ways in which provision can be accelerated.
Holt added: “While there was wide acceptance that more needs to be done in the provision of homes, there was also recognition that government has listened to many of the real issues and is working closer with industry.
“Many of the hurdles to delivery such as planning and greenbelt are very deep-set and there is no easy fix but it is essential that elements which can be resolved more easily, need to be ironed out and that need is recognised.”
Deeley Affordable Living has also appointed Jane Fradgley as Senior Development Manager.
Picture caption: Pictured – left to right: Helen Collins (Savills), Anthony Holt (Deeley), Peter Deeley, Matt Western MP and Karl Tupling (Homes England).