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  • Bob Hodgkiss named Site Manager of the Year for the Midlands

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  • Deeley Construction goes to top of the class in Bromsgrove

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  • Affordable homes development in Leamington hits new heights

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  • Design inspiration at new development in Leamington

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  • Name announced for new £7.5 million Warwick care home

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  • John Bercow heralds triple investment

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Bob Hodgkiss named Site Manager of the Year for the Midlands

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.”

Key figures mark Starbucks opening

The main figures behind a new Starbucks drive-thru in Birmingham have come together to celebrate its completion.

Deeley Properties, in partnership with Ziran Land, acquired the site adjoining the Maypole Roundabout earlier this year from a private landowner to create the new café/restaurant, which has a 15-year lease.

The investment on the property, built by Deeley Construction, was sold to Custodian REIT through David Allen, of Holt Commercial, on completion.

Pat Moroney, of Deeley Group, John Liggins, of Ziran Land, and David Allen, of Holt Commercial, were key figures in the deal that saw Starbucks open in September, creating 18 jobs.

Pat said: “We saw this opportunity to work in partnership with Ziran Land to create this new Starbucks. It has worked extremely well for all parties and because of that relationship we are already looking at other very similar developments.

“It is a project where we saw potential to create value and also a new café/restaurant for the local community and perfectly fits Deeley Group’s ‘end to end’ capabilities in the delivery of projects.”

John said: “It has been an excellent project all round and it is great to have achieved completion and hand over the final property.

“It is great to have worked in partnership in this way and to have seen such a positive result.”

David said: “There is strong growth in this sector and I envisage many more developments of this type both across the region and nationally.”

Wade Commercial acted for Custodian REIT.

Pictured (left to right): John Liggins, Pat Moroney, David Allen

Deeley Construction goes to top of the class in Bromsgrove

A historic boarding school has appointed a construction company to carry out the next phase of its multi-million pound refurbishment project.

Bromsgrove School, which was founded in 1553, has more than 1,600 pupils aged between three and 18, making it one of the largest independent schools in the country.

The school has over 540 boarders from age seven and will invest £3.6m for the refurbishment of Elmshurst House – a house for over 90 boys aged 13–18 – and as the final part of the project in July 2019 the school will also extend the car parking provision.

Over the summer, Deeley Construction, a Coventry-based company, completed phase one with the re-emergence of a brand new common room, associated communal areas and Houseparent’s study.

Lesley Brookes, Bursar at Bromsgrove School, said: “We are delighted with the results of phase one and the work that Deeley has completed.

“The boys and house staff are all thrilled with their new communal areas and are looking forward to moving into their en-suite bedrooms.

“This is a substantial and complicated project for the school so we have been very pleased with the Deeley Construction team who have done everything possible to reduce the disruption.

“We are all now excited to see the completion of the project next summer.”

In the last ISI inspection Bromsgrove School was rated Excellent in every single category and this summer once again saw pupils at the school achieving outstanding academic results.

Boys move into their new en-suite bedrooms in the next few weeks as Deeley Construction continues to work in a phased approach ensuring that the disruption for the boys and house staff is kept to a minimum.

Chris Newman, project manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to carry out this work with minimum disruption, which is, of course, a major priority for us and the school.

“We are very pleased to being play such a big part in the future of such a historic and respected school and we are sure that everyone is going to love the finished house.

“We are looking forward to completing the rest of the project and letting staff and pupils see the culmination of this planning and hard work.”

Pictured: Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Sean Clarke (Mace), Chris Newman (Deeley Construction), Matt Lynch(Deeley Construction), Andrew Haines (Robothams), Lesley Brookes (Bromsgrove School)

Affordable homes development in Leamington hits new heights

A development of much-needed affordable homes in Leamington has hit a high-point.

Deeley Construction, which is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and Warwick District Council, held a topping out ceremony at the new scheme on the site off Quarry Street and Old Milverton Road.

The regeneration of this brownfield site, a former Dairy Crest premises, consists of 18 new affordable homes, and the ceremony marked the fact that the highest point in the scheme has been reached.

The existing buildings were demolished earlier this year and the new affordable homes – four of which will be available to rent and 14 will be sold as shared ownership aimed at the local community – are under construction.

Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group, is carrying out the work on the nine two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom affordable properties, with the first homes expected to be ready by autumn 2018.

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “The topping out ceremony is an important milestone in the housing development here at Old Milverton Road.

“Work has progressed very well, thanks to the strength of the partnership between Deeley, Waterloo Housing Group, Warwick District Council and the local community.

“There’s no doubt that the local community is crying out for more affordable homes and we are delighted to have reached this stage in the development which means we are one step closer to providing more affordable homes in Leamington.”

Anthony Riley, of Waterloo Housing Group, added: “This is one of a series of schemes that we are developing under the “W2 Partnership” with Warwick DC and Homes England on brownfield sites in the town.

“By working with a local developer such as Deeley Group we are managing to build affordable homes to help families unable to buy on the open-market or rent privately.”

Pictured: Steve Turner (Deeley), Anthony Riley (Waterloo), Neil Adie (Waterloo), Pat Moroney (Deeley).

Design inspiration at new development in Leamington

It’s a case of design inspiration at a new development in Leamington that is seeing the creation of a new church and affordable homes.

Lillington Free Church building, which was built on Cubbington Road in 1966, has been demolished to make way for 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 – which has now reached its highest point – is being carried out by Deeley Construction in partnership with the church and Orbit.

Once the new church, which will include a new PA system and solar panels on the roof, has been completed, the nearby church hall – constructed in the 1950s – will be demolished and a range of community activities will be staged in the new building.

It will also create space for some of the homes which are included in the plans for the site.

The official opening of the new church building is scheduled for March 9, 2019, and the Reverend James Church said the work was positive news for parishioners and the local community.

He said: “We’ve had support from local politicians and the local community as this is going to bring a new facility as well as much-needed affordable homes to the area.

“The previous building was in need of a great deal of work to make it fit for modern purposes and, in the end, it made more sense to knock it down and start again.

“The new church will have a kitchen, toilets and meeting rooms all under one roof when, previously, we had to use the old church hall for those purposes.

“It has been a great partnership between the church, Deeley and Orbit and we are excited to see it all coming together.”

Lillington Free Church will hold its final Macmillan Coffee Morning in the community building on Saturday, September 1, ahead of the demolition of the building next year with all local people welcome.

Andy Bodily, Contracts Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “This scheme shows what can be done with some creative thinking and a strong partnership, which is exactly what we have here.

“It means the site will now offer a much more modern church hall for worshippers and community events as well as much-needed new homes for the community.”

Pictured (left to right): James Church, Linda Mingaye (church elder), Linda Nason (church elder), Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction contracts manager), Bob Hodgkiss (Deeley Construction site manager)

Name announced for new £7.5 million Warwick care home

WCS Care’s revealed the name of its inspirational new £7.5 million care home in Warwick, which will replace its former Woodside home on Spinney Hill.

‘Woodside Care Village’ will become a deluxe village-style experience for 72 residents including older people and people living with dementia. It will feature family-scale households for six or seven people with ensuite bedrooms for everyone, when it opens in Autumn 2019.

There will be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, and café, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two, complete with a cycle track – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.

The state-of-the-art home has been designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by local architects Robothams and will encourage people to spend more time outdoors, which has benefits to health and wellbeing, swapping internal corridors for external walkways. It will also feature a shop and traditional launderette, which will be accessed by an open-air courtyard and gardens.

Built by Coventry-based Deeley Construction, ‘Woodside Care Village’ will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive.

Smart phone apps connected to mobile care monitoring will mean carers spend more time with residents. It’s linked to a Relatives’ Gateway, where people can check and interact with their loved one’s care 24-hours a day, wherever they are.

Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Woodside Care Village will feature technology and approaches that push the boundaries of innovation and creativity in care, inspired by transformational design at a pioneering care village we visited in the Netherlands and our own experiences.

‘As with every WCS Care home, our focus in Warwick will be on delivering high quality care, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for people to try new things and enjoy what they’ve always done; something that’s at the heart of our ambition to make every day well lived for residents.

‘The home’s new name reflects the next chapter in our story at Spinney Hill but also acknowledges the history of Woodside and the part it has played – and will continue to play – in the community for over half a century, and we can’t wait to open our doors later next year.’

To find out more about WCS Care, visit www.wcs-care.co.uk, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wcscare or add us on Twitter by searching @WCS_Care.

John Bercow heralds triple investment

Buckingham MP John Bercow has helped herald a hat-trick of investments which has seen a new commercial development call full house.

AC Lloyd and development manager Minns Network has developed three industrial units totalling 70,000 sq ft approx. (6,500 sq m) at Kites Park in Princes Risborough – and all three have been snapped up.

Two companies – the iLECSYS Group and Curtains & Linens – have moved into the area to take up space while All Bar Products is expanding into a new unit on the development off Summerleys Road.

iLECSYS, which employs around 50 staff and works in the industrial controls sector, has already relocated from Tring into a 39,000 sq ft manufacturing complex, while the other two units are due for completion later in the summer.

Curtains & Linens, which was founded 10 years ago in Hounslow, is taking 26,000 sq ft, while All Bar Products, is expanding from its unit on an adjacent estate, into 5,000 sq ft.

Bercow was given a tour of iLECSYS and the construction site as part of a visit to see the level of investment.

He said: “It is great to see three owner-managed businesses – in three three very different sectors – expanding their operations here in Princes Risborough.

“All the firms are trading successfully and it is vital that we can offer suitable sites both for expanding local companies who want to stay in the area and retain their workforce while growing their operation, as well as for companies looking to invest into the area.

“The success of this site proves that we have an area in which people want to work and I welcome the investment and the new posts which will be created as part of the development of the site.”

Des Wynne, of AC Lloyd, said the development – which is being built by Deeley Construction – is a valuable addition to the local economy.

“Princes Risborough is a thriving location, with significant expansion and improved road and rail links proposed for the town within the emerging Wycombe Local Plan. Occupier demand has proved to be particularly strong here, which reflects well on the area on several levels – location, environment and the workforce,” he said.

“The units will allow the companies to realise their growth plans and hopefully continue to employ more people. All three companies are purchasing their units which will help cement their futures here in Princes Risborough.

“The development has gone very well. The local planning authority – Wycombe District Council – was very supportive and it was good to be able to speak directly with the local MP to pass on our experiences of developing and creating jobs in his constituency.”

Picture caption: Left to right – Graham Hill (Deeley Construction), Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), John Bercow, Des Wynne (AC Lloyd), Kevn Minns (Minns Development).

£3 million investment and new facility for Oakham business

Leading alternator manufacturer Mecc Alte UK is investing over £3.2 million as it expands its Oakham site to support its growing alternator business and the further expansion of sister company, Cabel UK.

The state of the art facility includes over 33,000 sq. ft. of prime manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space which will service both businesses and provide a third facility within the UK.

This latest development for the Rutland based business is essential as the Italian owned companies embark on a strategic expansion journey within the UK and across the global alternator sector. It is also broadening its services and repairs for specialist rotating and electrical equipment through Cabel UK.

The new site will also increase the workforce over four years and will look to recruit specialist engineers, skilled operatives and apprentices from the local area for Cabel UK.

Cabel UK was formed in 2009 with just two people working in the business. It has undergone significant year on year growth, across the power generation for repair, service and rewind work and has taken its workforce into double figures since it started.

This new facility will enable Cabel UK to increase its ability to supply more OEM parts and materials, incorporate the latest diagnostics technologies, materials, skills and processes to deliver first rate, flexible and responsive service. This includes AC and DC motors, generators, pumps, transformers as well as any electrical device that uses copper wire at its core.

For Mecc Alte UK, the facility will allow the company to increase warehouse capacity and introduce more product lines. This year the company revolutionised the alternator sector with the launch of its new C-Type series which will be manufactured in Oakham.

Andrew Bell, Managing Director, Cabel UK and Mecc Alte UK said: “We are very excited to announce these plans for a third site as part of our strategic vision and growth plan. It cements our commitment to expand Mecc Alte UK and Cabel UK’s footprint in the local area.

“We want to attract fresh talent into the engineering sector and the new site will accommodate our expansion as a result of securing new service and maintenance contracts for Cabel UK along with increasing the design and manufacture for industrial machinery technology and the power generation sector.”

Work is already underway on the new site at Land’s End Way by contractor Deeley Construction and will be completed in November 2018.

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