MIRA Technology Park, the 1.75 million sq. ft. Enterprise Zone in Nuneaton, has begun work on Phase Two of its development, with the construction of a third multi-use building on the site.
The 27,200 sq. ft. building, ‘North West 3’, represents an investment of almost £7 million by the HORIBA Group and will house a number of global tier-one companies within the six secure facilities within the building.
The announcement follows the completion of Phase One of development in February, with the construction of key infrastructure on the site, which has paved the way for Phase Two of the development including the East, South and Centre Sectors of the Technology Park. This new building is located in the North West Sector of the Park, and compliments three other multi-tenant buildings constructed for various companies, alongside bespoke facilities created for Swedish company Haldex, and for Aston Martin.
The new facility – being built by local construction company Deeley Construction – is due for completion in November this year, and, when fully let, will accommodate 140 staff, with many of these roles being new jobs to the MIRA Technology Park site. Total jobs created at the Enterprise Zone stand at almost 450 since 2010 and this is expected to rise to over
2,000 jobs as the Park nears completion in 2025.
Terry Spall, Commercial Director at MIRA Technology Park, said: “Phase Two of MIRA Technology Park is now well underway with the construction of North West 3, which will create much-needed space for new and expanding businesses to join us on site. We are also expecting to be breaking ground on a further three new buildings this year.
“The construction of North West 3 further demonstrates HORIBA’s commitment to accelerating the growth of this automotive technology cluster and the job creation potential of the Enterprise Zone, and we’re looking forward to this next stage of development.”
MIRA Technology Park is set to be completed by 2025, and is rapidly gaining global recognition as a leading automotive technology cluster and is gaining broader interest as a strategic transport sector R&D location within the EU.
For further information on MIRA Technology Park, please visit www.miratechnologypark.com or www.horiba-mira.com.
Plans for a £29 million residential development of over 140 new homes along Leamington Spa’s canal side have taken a step forward.
Orbit Homes has announced plans to build 143 high-quality homes for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent on a brownfield site at Sydenham Drive.
With rising house prices and growing demand for homes in Leamington putting homeownership out of the reach of many, the development will provide a range of housing options to help people on to the housing ladder.
Offering canal-side living, the new development will bring 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership and 49 for affordable rent.
Orbit Homes is expected to begin work on the former Soans’ Ford dealership site this month, after completing the land purchase in the first week of March.
Due for completion in spring 2018, the new homes will be delivered in partnership with Deeley Construction.
Chris Jones, development director at Orbit Homes, said: “We are incredibly excited to have completed the purchase of the land, and begin to bring to life our plans for this canal-side development.
“The housing market in Leamington Spa, along with much of the country, means there is a housing shortage, especially at affordable prices. This development will create more housing options and provide quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Orbit Homes on another project that will deliver much-needed new homes in the region.
“We are more than contractors in a project of this nature – we work as partners in bringing about the best possible results for the client.
“The Deeley Group has been involved in moving this site forward for several years now and we are delighted to be undertaking the work on these brand new homes for Leamington.”
As part of the 39,000 home Orbit Group, Orbit Homes is the UK’s third largest developing housing association building around 1,500 homes a year.
Photo: Artist’s impression of the proposed canal-side development at Sydneham Drive, Leamington Spa
TV gardener David Domoney officially opened the £5.8m redevelopment of Pershore College at a celebratory event with students, staff, local businesses and stakeholders.
David, who presents ITV’s Love Your Garden, and is a former student of the college, cut the ribbon to officially open the new contemporary glass building which includes a spectacular Collections House, teaching rooms, laboratory, higher education suite and business conference zone as well as a new library area and reception featuring a ‘living wall’.
Guests were treated to tours of the college, as well as a chance to try the Pershore College range of juices and ciders and the microveg, microleaves and edible flowers the college supplies to the Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s.
The new facility was constructed by Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group, and has transformed the college.
Features of the new building are:
● State-of-the-art Collections House where exotic plants can thrive, featuring permanent and seasonal collections. The Collections House is environmentally controlled through a sophisticated electronic management system to control ventilation, humidity, heating and lighting. In addition to protecting and enabling the plants to flourish in a semi-Mediterranean climate, the systems are readily accessible to students as a living demonstration of modern greenhouse technology
● STEM centre (science, technology, engineering and maths) and agri-tech lab where students will be able to learn about the newest innovations in the field, such as sustainable horticulture, aquaponics (an enclosed sustainable system where fish and plants grow together without the need for additional chemicals) and the use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in supporting horticulture processes in growing techniques
● New higher education suite for students on degree programmes, including animal science, veterinary nursing, horticulture and arboriculture
● New library
● Conferencing facilities and event space
Warwickshire College Group Principal and CEO, Angela Joyce, said, “We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many of our staff, students, partners and stakeholders here today to the official opening of our stunning new building. A special thank you must go to David Domoney for his wonderful speech – his perspective as a former student was fascinating and I’m sure he has inspired our current students.
“Over the last year Pershore College has seen probably the biggest change in its long history with the construction of this spectacular building and a refocusing of our curriculum. We have embarked on a fresh, dynamic journey to meet the demands of our new world and support key national priorities through the delivery of skills, education and training.
“This building is a visible landmark of this ambition. This investment will give all of our students – whether they are studying animal welfare, veterinary nursing, arboriculture or horticulture – an innovative, technologically-enhanced environment to inspire and give them the skills needed for industry today.”
Speaking at the event, David Domoney said, “The horticultural industry is phenomenal. It offers a diversity that transcends other industries by the variety of our specialisation. As educated horticulturalists we can become scientists, growers, educators, retailers, artists, designers, architects, landscapers, photographers, broadcasters, writers, pioneers and entrepreneurs. The opportunity to control your destiny from an education here at Pershore College is phenomenal.
“A career in horticulture is dynamic and varied, exciting and profitable. This building is more than just a highly functional education centre – its dramatic, iconic and spectacular design is a beacon that shines to change the perception of a career in horticulture. And that is why I’m very honoured to be here and be a part of this day.”
Pershore College offers a range of courses in horticulture, arboriculture, animal welfare, veterinary nursing and more, including apprenticeships, full and part-time courses and degrees.
Pictured: David Domoney, centre, cuts the ribbon to unveil the redevelopment at Pershore College.
The demolition of a vacant office building in Stratford-upon-Avon has begun to make way for Fordham House, a brand new residential development bringing key worker accommodation to the heart of the town.
Work to remove the existing building, previously known as Warwick House, is expected to last for six weeks, with construction of the new 82 private rent high-quality apartments starting at the end of March. The new development is due for completion in summer 2017.
Orbit purchased the site, on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, from the Stratford Town Trust in early January 2016. The partners have worked together to develop the name Fordham House, which reflects the site’s history as the former location of Flowers Ales’ brewery, founded by Edward Fordham Flower in 1831.
The name was suggested by former Stratford mayor and Deputy Chairman of Stratford Town Trust, Joan McFarlane, who recognised the Flower family for their remarkable contribution to the evolution of Stratford-upon-Avon.
With its close proximity to the hospital and town centre, the apartments will be targeted at local key workers. Preference for the 64 one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments will be given to those such as health and emergency service workers and teachers, as well as local people. The new homes are to be let on assured short-hold tenancies.
The new accommodation will be owned and managed by Orbit, whilst Stratford Town Trust will continue to retain the freehold. A partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects will bring the scheme to market, with Deeley Construction having been appointed as the design and build contractors.
Adam Cooper, private rented sector director at Orbit, said: “We are delighted to be retaining the historical importance of the site by naming it after the Fordham Flower family. It has been a pleasure working with Joan to understand the contribution the family has made to Stratford.
“The start of demolition marks an exciting step in our partnership with Stratford Town Trust, ABD Developments and Deeley Construction to bring these much-needed new homes to Stratford.
Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see work really beginning on site – and to see such an important part of Stratford’s history recognised in the new name, thanks to our Trustee and Deputy Chairman Joan. This is all about Stratford – about providing high-quality but affordable town centre accommodation for those working hard in our hospitals, schools and businesses. We are proud to be involved.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Orbit Homes having recently completed an independent living housing scheme in Leamington Spa and an affordable housing development of 30 homes in Nuneaton.
“By working closely with Orbit Homes and Architects Robothams, we believe Fordham House will greatly benefit the people of Stratford-upon-Avon.”
Pictured: The Fordham House partners gather in front of the new hoarding on the first day of demolition ahead of construction, Stratford-upon-Avon (L-R: Peter Deeley of the Deeley Group; Adam Cooper of Orbit; Anthony Bird OBE of The Bird Group; Helen Munro of the Stratford Town Trust; David Austin of ABD Developments; and David Sercombe of Robothams Architects.
Property and construction professionals across Coventry and Warwickshire are putting their weight behind the UK City of Culture bid.
Coventry-based Deeley Group, which has property development and construction divisions, hosted the team behind the city’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021.
After hearing from steering group chair David Burbidge and bid adviser Andrew Dixon, a gathering of 40 professionals from the sector saw a short, dramatic piece from a group of young people from the Belgrade Theatre.
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “The city – and the county – needs to be right behind this bid because it could do so much for the area, culturally, socially and economically.
“We were delighted to host the team and to hear more about what the bid might look like and the real benefits the whole region would feel.
“The time feels right for Coventry to have the confidence to put its heart and soul into this bid and win the title of UK City of Culture for 2021.”
Pictured: Standing (left to right) Alex Sutton, Laura Williams, Dion Dunne, Leon Phillips (Belgrade)
Sitting (left to right) Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Laura McMillan, Andrew Dixon, David Burbidge (all City of Culture)
Front – Cameron Razza (Belgrade)
The winner of this year’s Neville Award has been praised for his commitment and team work on a variety of projects.
Deeley Construction presents an annual Neville Award to a member of its workforce in memory of a colleague who died in 2011.
Gary Neville joined the company as an apprentice before progressing to become contracts manager and leading on some of the firm’s major projects including the development of Belgrade Plaza, in Coventry and St George’s Square, in Bristol.
He died suddenly in 2011, and the company introduced the award to recognise the employee who has demonstrated the most commitment to their role within the company over the previous year.
Contracts manager Mike Thompson won the vote from his fellow colleagues this year after handling a number of construction projects, and was presented with the trophy by Deeley Group’s Managing Director Peter Deeley.
Peter said: “Mike’s unwavering commitment to finishing his projects to the highest standard has been noticed by everybody during the three years he has been here. He has been a real team player focused on delivering results, and has earned respect from everybody at Deeley Construction.”
Over the past year Mike has been responsible for the delivery of projects at Pershore College, Monarch Gardens in Leamington Spa, Waterloo Housing Group and Bromford Group in North Warwickshire.
Mike, who lives in Lichfield, added: “I am both delighted and surprised to receive this award, as I haven’t been with the business that long compared to other people. Every construction project has its own unique requirements and I really enjoy the unpredictable nature of my job and the problem solving it brings.
“One of the most interesting projects we’ve just completed is building a collections house for exotic plants at Pershore College. The plants required a certain temperature and humidity, so we needed to think carefully about the room layout, taking into account things like the positioning of the heating and lighting.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher, Mike Thompson, Julie Neville, Peter Deeley