A new £6.8 million development that will house older people in the centre of Coventry has hit new heights.
The project, which will be known as Bond’s Lodge, is the final piece of the jigsaw at Belgrade Plaza and is the creation of a three-storey building, featuring 45 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments for the elderly.
Deeley Construction is working on behalf of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities to carry out the project, which has been designed by Nicol Thomas Architects, and is expected to be complete in spring 2020.
It is being funded from the Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities’ own resources, fundraising, a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank. The development has been awarded to Deeley Construction under the Homes England DPP3 framework.
Many of the partners involved in Bond’s Lodge – as well as John Crabtree OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands – met for a traditional topping out ceremony which marks the moment that a building reaches its highest point.
And with just a matter of months before it is complete, there are already residents lined up to occupy several of the new homes.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, said: “We are very grateful to our Lord-Lieutenant for taking the time out to come and see how the project here is taking shape.
“There is a great deal of anticipation about Bond’s Lodge and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Deeley Group, who have been great partners on this project, which has been talked about for many years and also the support from Homes England.
“It is great to see the dream of adding this to our other Almhouses here in the city centre which provide homes for elderly people in Coventry.”
The Almshouses, now run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, were founded in the early 1500s and today are 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 11 in 1506 to more than 150 in 2020.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is great to see the progress that the team is making on what will be a very welcome addition to Belgrade Plaza, providing much-needed homes for older people in the community.
“It is the final part of what is a genuinely mixed-use scheme for Coventry and it’s fantastic to see it reach its highest point.”
John Crabtree OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, added: “I really enjoyed the visit and it is wonderful to see a development of this quality that will be providing much-needed homes for older members of the community.
“It’s a great example of how working in partnership between the public, private and charitable sector can deliver great results.”
Pictured (left to right): Victor Keene MBE (Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities), Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group), Nikki Finnegan (Homes England), John Crabtree OBE (Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands)
The Deeley Group will be helping fellow Coventry and Warwickshire businesses cast an eye into the future of the region across a number of in-depth seminars.
The company will welcome business leaders and associates from across the region to two engaging discussions at their Herald Avenue headquarters, and will be supporting another event held in Leamington as part of this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.
The first of two seminars hosted by Deeley Group asks the question ‘How do we enhance Coventry & Warwickshire?’ and will take place on Wednesday, November 13.
Speakers including Bill Blincoe, Planning and Development Adviser at Coventry & Warwickshire LEP as well as Rob Bennett, Associate at SQW Limited and David Harley, Head of Regeneration at independent regeneration company Be First will go into detail on the need for a strong planning policy as well as public and private sector collaboration in order to support regional growth.
Guests and speakers will also be looking at ways to aid development in a planning and biodiversity seminar on Wednesday, November 20.
The session will feature expert advice from two leading organisations, Barton Willmore and Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, on recent changes to the planning system and how to deliver biodiversity requirements. It will also feature insight from Deeley Group Development Director Anthony Holt.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “Playing such an active role in this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival gives us the chance to share our knowledge and research with our peers throughout the region and look to the future as a collective.
“We will be welcoming a range of high-profile speakers as part of our panels, with our Development Director Anthony Holt taking the floor to discuss a developer’s view on planning and biodiversity.
“The festival is set to be bigger than ever before and we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible across the three sessions.”
The Deeley Group will support a third event hosted by Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall discussing Innovation in Construction on Tuesday, November 19.
It will be ran in association with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.
The event will feature experts showcasing the latest technology advancements that can help the construction industry streamline their operations and encourage innovation.
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival or to sign up to any of the events visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
Pupils at a Coventry primary school became painters and then decorators as part of a project aimed at celebrating the city’s most important buildings.
The project formed part of “Coventry – This is my City”, a week-long event that introduced students at Holy Family primary school to the history of the city.
Pupils from a range of year groups were visited by local artists Lesley Whelan and Laura John who were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.
Armed with their sketch books and pencils, the children researched some of Coventry’s most significant buildings and monuments, including the Lady Godiva Statue, the Ricoh Arena and Holy Family church.
Sketching the outlines in pencil, the students then added a splash of colour to create a series of bold and expressive paintings, which were then blown up and installed in the KS2 playground for children, parents and visitors to enjoy courtesy of the Deeley Group which sponsored the project.
Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Danielle Newman, was impressed by the quality of the student’s work and heralded the project a success.
“The children were excited to find out more about some of Coventry’s most important buildings and monuments.
“Lesley and Laura encouraged the students to express themselves and the results speak for themselves – the pictures are exceptional!”
According to Mrs Newman, not only did the project give students the chance to develop their artistic skills, it demonstrated the relationship between art and design.
“It was really interesting because by sketching the buildings, the children were introduced to the concept of architecture.
“We are also very grateful to the Deeley Group for their support. Projects like this are so important for young learners.”
Mrs Newman added: “It has definitely piqued their interests in art and design as well as their city.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was delighted to be invited to the school to view some of the artwork.
“It was a real pleasure to meet the budding artists at Holy Family. The paintings were splendid – I was very impressed by the level of detail.
“The project exemplifies how business can help schools in our community. All of us at the Deeley Group were thrilled to be involved.”
Deeley Homes has completed a deal to purchase a residential development site with planning permission for the construction of 55 new properties in Leicestershire.
The 6.15 acre site, three miles west of Asfordby near Melton Mowbray, was acquired through land experts Mather Jamie and construction is due to start in Spring 2020.
The development will include 20 market sale homes, 25 shared ownership homes and 10 rented homes. The first homes are expected to be available by the end of next year.
Asfordby is well-connected with transport links to Melton Mowbray, Loughborough and Nottingham.
The village benefits from pubs, takeaway restaurants, a garage post office and convenience store, which are in close proximity to the development site.
There are primary and secondary school options in the vicinity, all of which are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and private education options are also available at nearby Oakham and Loughborough.
Anthony Holt, Group Development Director at Deeley Homes, said: “This is an exciting project that we expect to bring many advantages and a wealth of property options to the local area.
“We’re building a mixed scheme that will encompass both affordable housing and market sale properties, and we’ll be working with East Midlands Housing to ensure that several of the new homes provide a viable housing option for those in need.
“We’ve been very pleased with Mather Jamie, who have been straightforward, open and honest throughout the purchasing process. The team’s experience in land transactions and excellent knowledge of the area have both proved invaluable and made the route to sale completion as easy as possible.”
Mather Jamie Chartered Surveyors were established in 1991 and are based in the East Midlands. The firm is an independent mixed commercial and agricultural practice with a long-established and unrivalled reputation for delivering reliable advice and expertise on residential and commercial developments.
Gary Kirk, Associate Director at Mather Jamie, added: “The Deeley Group secured the acquisition of the site following a competitive marketing process handled by Mather Jamie.
“We are delighted to have secured the sale of the site, which is fantastic news for the East Midlands, with a range of homes to suit families, first-time buyers and working couples becoming available in the next year and a half. We are very much looking forward to seeing Deeley Homes’ plans come to fruition.”
For more information about Deeley Homes and its developments visit http://www.deeley.co.uk/homes/.
A Warwickshire village is celebrating after winning a planning battle that has led to a new development and which will “bring more vitality to local life”.
The Meadows is a new 10-home development delivered by Deeley Homes in Pillerton Priors near Stratford.
Three of the properties have already been sold, and Pillerton Priors Parish Council chairman Ian Greenall was invited to perform an open ceremony after the council ensured the development went ahead.
He said: “We are delighted to see The Meadows opening and people moving in. Originally planners were against the development but we could see that it would be good for the village to have new homes of different sizes and types to attract people here, so we fought that decision.
“We worked closely with Deeley Homes and they were more than happy to supply the variety of housing we felt would be of most benefit, so we are very pleased that the development is not only open but is proving successful. It will bring more vitality to local life.”
The Meadows features two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows and looks over open countryside. The site used to belong to the family of local vicar the Rev J Findon, and its road is named Findon Fields in their honour.
Anthony Holt, a director of Deeley Homes, said The Meadows was an example of a village determining how new homes would be of benefit.
“The Parish Council felt quite strongly that not only was this site suitable for new homes but also that any development had to feature a variety of sizes and types of property,” he said.
“We worked closely with them to ensure that we delivered what they wanted and the village needed and we are very proud of the results.
“The fact that we have sold 30 per cent of the homes before we have opened a show home underlines that they were correct and that we have provided homes of real quality.”
Oliver Knight New Homes are marketing The Meadows. For more details please see www.deeley.co.uk
CAPTION: Anthony Holt (Deeley Homes), Ian Greenall (Pillerton Priors Parish Council), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Oliver Knight (Oliver Knight New Homes)
A new development of family homes on a key site in Moreton-in-Marsh is due to start work later this autumn.
Deeley Homes has bought the two-acre site of the town’s former hospital on Hospital Road and is planning to create 20 homes.
The former hospital, which is locally listed, will be converted into apartments, while 12 new detached homes and four town houses will be created across the site on the west of the town.
It is the first housing project the Deeley Group has undertaken in the town but it was the company behind the creation of the Budgens store, and has developed successful schemes -across the region including most recently at Pillerton Priors near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said the location was ideal to create new homes for people wishing to move within the town but also to attract families new to the area.
He said: “Moreton-in-Marsh is a beautiful market town and we are delighted to be working here again and will deliver high-quality homes which the setting so deserves.
“Hospital Road is right in the heart of the town running parallel to High Street so this development will play a key role in town life and allow the home-owners to benefit from the wide range of activities which go on in the town throughout the year.
“We are bringing forward a development which we feel will enhance the surrounding area and at the same time widen the choice of property available in one of the most sought-after towns in the Cotswolds.”
The development will feature four two-bedroom apartments, detached homes with two, three, four and five bedrooms, and two-bedroom townhouses.
Deeley Homes has purchased the site from Blue Cedar Homes which had been planning a development aimed for older buyers. It has made several adjustments which have been approved by Cotswolds District Council.
Anthony Holt, of Deeley Homes, said it was hoped that the show home would be completed for next spring.
He said: “The location of the site and the retention of the former hospital building really allows us to create something unique which will certainly add to the housing offer of the town.
“It is unusual for a site of this size to become available so close to the centre of a market town in the Cotswolds, and we are fully aware of its significance and impact to the local area.
“Our company is renowned for its quality of design and construction, and this is very much a flagship development for our company.
“We hope to start on site in the autumn, with a show home open by spring next year and are expecting heavy interest in the properties.”
As part of the project, Deeley Homes will help fund improvements to pathway links to the town centre.
The company opened has just opened its show home at The Meadows, Pillerton Priors and it is open Friday to Monday at 10am to 4pm.