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Partnership praised as new development delivered

A development of over 140 affordable, family homes in Leamington has reached completion.

Known as Union Park, the £29 million development of 147 homes sits on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham. The names of classic Ford cars now mark the streets in and around the neighbourhood paying respect to the rich heritage of the site.

Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, welcomed the addition of new, affordable homes alongside housing group and developer Orbit and partners, Deeley Construction.

He said: “I would like to thank Orbit, Deeley Construction and Warwick District Council for working together to create this fantastic development. It is important to recognise the contribution Orbit has made to the local area with the Union Park development. I visited the site some months ago and I am deeply impressed with the high environmental and construction standards of these homes.

“As the former County Councillor for the area and now as the MP, I have long campaigned for more social and affordable housing so it is excellent to see this development contributing towards combating the housing crisis.”

Offering canal-side living, Union Park has brought 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent. Following high demand, all properties have now been sold or rented – just 18 months after building began.

John Carleton, group property investment director at Orbit, said: “A successful regeneration, Union Park offers affordable, family living in an enviable location. From a family business, to what is quickly becoming a thriving community, we’re proud to add Union Park to our expanding development portfolio across the district.”

The development, delivered in partnership with Coventry-based Deeley Construction, offers a selection of two and three bedroom houses as well as one and two bedroom apartments.

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “It was lovely to see a sense of community already developing – with children heading off to school and people going out to work – and it reminds you that developments such as this are about more than bricks and mortar, but creating homes for people.

“Our role in the partnership to deliver Union Park was highlighted on the day and we are thrilled with the part we have played in bringing this scheme forward from start to finish.”

Orbit delivered over 2,000 new homes in the last financial year. Over the next 10 years the housing group has plans to build a further 20,000 new homes across the midlands, south and east of the country, contributing to the UK’s housing growth.

A special thanks to the following people for making the event a great success, bringing to life its rich heritage:

Mr Richard Soans – Ford Model A

Mr Michael Dye – Ford Corsair

Mr Adam Fox – Ford Granada

Mr Joseph Marcello – Ford Anglia

Mr Sid Shaw – Ford Orion

The Allen Ford Dealership, Leamington Spa – Ford Mustang

Pictured (left to right): John Carleton, Martin Gallagher, Matt Western MP

Deeley is manufacturing success

The strength of the manufacturing and industrial sector across the country has seen a Coventry construction company land £11 million worth of contracts.

Deeley Construction is working on more than 135,000 sq. ft. of much needed employment space at four new, bespoke industrial developments at locations across Coventry, Warwickshire, Rutland and Buckinghamshire.

They range from design-and-build projects for owner/occupiers through to speculative builds on behalf of developers.

The company is working with AC Lloyd at Kites Park in Princes Risborough on the creation of a £5.4 million scheme to create in total nearly 70,000 sq. ft. of warehouse & office space.

Deeley Construction is also on-site on a workshop unit in Water Orton in North Warwickshire on behalf of Flexdart Ltd, which has seen the demolition of existing buildings and the creation of a new 19,485 sq. ft. unit.

Flexdart is traditionally a scrap metal merchant which is branching out into property development and selected Deeley Construction thanks to the firm’s agility and flexibility to deliver the project.

Deeley is working for Mecc Alte (UK) directly on its new £2.9 million design-and-build industrial unit in Oakham, Rutland and also on a £1.4 million scheme of workshop units to expand the Loades Ecoparc in Coventry.

In each area, the firm is utilising the local labour force which has a positive knock-on effect for the local community and economy.

Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said the company is perfectly placed to deliver new industrial and warehouse units as that area of the economy continues to grow.

He said: “The feeling is that there is still a shortage of industrial and warehouse space in this region and further afield to meet the demand of SME’s who wish to expand their operations.

“We fit into a niche category of providing the construction of sub 50,000 sq. ft. units which enables these businesses to grow.

“Deeley Construction has landed this work thanks to the reliability and integrity of the team both through an active tendering process and negotiated contracts.

“Our aim is to be more than a contractor and to become a partner on any given project. As a group, we also have the ability to bring land and build package deals to any interested parties.

“That is one of the reasons we were successful in landing these contracts and it’s certainly a very positive area of business for the company.”

Bringing on the next generation

A Coventry construction company has continued its commitment to bringing forward the next generation of talent in the industry.

Deeley Construction, which is based at George House at Coventry Business Park, has taken on three new apprentices to assist with the firm’s continued growth.

Charlie Stevens and Matt Byrne are both management trainees with the company and Katie-May Cashmore is a trainee accounts assistant.

Charlie is undertaking a Construction Management Degree at Birmingham City University, while Matt is studying for a BTEC Diploma in Construction Level 3 at South & City College Birmingham. Katie-May is completing an AAT Diploma Level 2 at Coventry College City Campus.

The trio continue a long-held tradition at Deeley Construction of growing its own workforce with almost 20 per cent of the company’s staff coming through the firm as an apprentice.

It’s a proud record that includes managing director Martin Gallagher, who welcomed Charlie, Matt and Katie-May to the company.

Martin said: “The skills shortage in construction is one of the biggest issues facing our industry but here at Deeley Construction we have always seen apprenticeships as a great route to growing our own and the industry’s future workforce.

“I know only too well the benefits of being an apprentice having started my career as one. It gave me the opportunity to work my way up through the business to the point where I am now able to give others the same chance I had.

“It’s great that Charlie, Matt and Katie-May want to develop a career in construction and also highlights that there are many roles in our sector from being out on-site through to being based in the office.

“As a company, we continue to grow and the addition of three new apprentices is a perfect way for us to start looking ahead to 2018.”

Pictured (left to right): Charlie Stevens, Katie-May Cashmore, Martin Gallagher, Matt Byrne

West Midlands on road to construction jobs and growth

A boom in infrastructure projects is set to keep output in the West Midlands construction industry growing over the next five years, according to a report.

The forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says that road and rail projects will see output in the infrastructure sector soaring by more than 10% each year over the 2017-2021 period.

The massive £11 billion High Speed 2 rail link will make a substantial contribution to the gain, says CITB’s Construction Skills Network report.

A £1.8bn road improvement programme will also give the sector a boost, with works including the £335m motorway upgrades to the M6.

The CITB says that these big projects mean that overall construction output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 1.3% per year for the next five years, with 14,000 jobs created.

Its report forecasts that the most in-demand roles in the West Midlands construction sector between 2017-21 include carpenters, electricians, and construction process managers (+1,550). There will also be significant demand for scaffolders, construction trades supervisors, labourers and surveyors.

One of our region’s companies the Deeley Group – which specialises in construction and property development – has been in business for more than eight decades in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Not only does that provide the company with a fine pedigree in all sectors of industry but also allows it to be an accurate judge of the area’s economy.

The Deeley Group is currently undertaking projects for HORIBA MIRA in the very north of the county through to a new 82-bed private rental apartment scheme for Orbit in Stratford-upon-Avon – with lots in between.

That not only underlines the expertise of the Deeley Group but, according to managing director Peter Deeley, shows that industry in Coventry and Warwickshire is doing well.

He said: “Economically we are the hometo a myriad of successful companies and certainly our advanced manufacturing and engineering firms – many involved in automotive – are leading the way.

“That has been fuelled by several factors. Clearly expanding markets have played a part, but Jaguar Land Rover is now a global brand and has clearly upped its game in terms of design, engineering and build quality.

“With Aston Martin, Geely, BMW and HORIBA MIRA – and many of their supply chain – also in Coventry and Warwickshire, we are undoubtedly a global force in that sector and that fuels inward investment and, consequently, development.”

Deeley has performed strongly in the education sector in recent years undertaking projects for

both The University of Warwick and Coventry University, Warwick School, Warwickshire College Group and various academies.

One project – the creation of student accommodation at Warwickshire College Group’s Royal Leamington Spa College campus – only came to fruition because of Deeley’s contacts and experience in dealing with pension and investment funds.

Peter added: “The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units. After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units and we are building 100 now.

“So the funder will end with an investment of 200 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington, where property values make that an attractive investment proposition.

“The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for a new building or housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.

“It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure a package so all requirements are met. The college has its student accommodation, Deeley Construction is completing a sizeable building contract and the funder has a good investment.”

The CITB public non-housing sector is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.6% in the short-term. A number of large projects will support expansion including the £500m Birmingham University campus redevelopment and a £37m science and health building at

Coventry University, due for completion this year, says the CITB.

Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager for the West Midlands, said: “Although there is economic uncertainty, the West Midlands construction sector is set for growth, particularly in infrastructure.

“The outlook is positive because of a number of major projects either under way or in the pipeline. The biggest is HS2 which will provide multiple spin-offs in housing, business and recruitment opportunities.

“These projects and the job opportunities contractors are telling us about means this is a very good time to pursue a career in the construction industry.

“CITB will continue working with employers to attract new talent into the construction industry and to train them for rewarding careers in the sector.”

Picture caption: Warwick Hall, Warwick School.

Orbit celebrates 6,000-home development milestone

Deeley Construction has helped take Orbit over the half-way point to achieving its target of developing 12,000 new homes by 2020.

The handover and completion of three family homes at Union Park, in Leamington Spa, means one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations has now delivered 6,000 new homes since April 2013.

Union Park is a £29m development of 147 family homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham, and is due for completion in spring 2018.

Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, said: “We are extremely proud that we are helping Orbit reach this milestone which is of national importance in the campaign to solve our housing crisis.

“The homes will meet a very real need for people in the area who want to live locally but would, without schemes such as this, be unable to do so.”

Offering canal-side living, Union Park will bring 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent.

Chris Jones, development director at Orbit, added: “These homes bring us half way to our target of delivering 12,000 new homes across the Midlands, east and south by 2020.

“This fantastic achievement highlights the acceleration of our sector-leading development programme as well as the hard work of our teams across the country.

“Union Park is a unique development in Leamington, providing more housing options and quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”

West Midlands on road to construction jobs and growth

A boom in infrastructure projects is set to keep output in the West Midlands construction industry growing over the next five years, according to a report.

The forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says that road and rail projects will see output in the infrastructure sector soaring by more than 10% each year over the 2017-2021 period.

The massive £11 billion High Speed 2 rail link will make a substantial contribution to the gain, says CITB’s Construction Skills Network report.

A £1.8bn road improvement programme will also give the sector a boost, with works including the £335m motorway upgrades to the M6.

The CITB says that these big projects mean that overall construction output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 1.3% per year for the next five years, with 14,000 jobs created.

Its report forecasts that the most in-demand roles in the West Midlands construction sector between 2017-21 include carpenters, electricians, and construction process managers (+1,550). There will also be significant demand for scaffolders, construction trades supervisors, labourers and surveyors.

One of our region’s companies the Deeley Group – which specialises in construction and property development – has been in business for more than eight decades in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Not only does that provide the company with a fine pedigree in all sectors of industry but also allows it to be an accurate judge of the area’s economy.

The Deeley Group is currently undertaking projects for HORIBA MIRA in the very north of the county through to a new 82-bed private rental apartment scheme for Orbit in Stratford-upon-Avon – with lots in between.

That not only underlines the expertise of the Deeley Group but, according to managing director Peter Deeley, shows that industry in Coventry and Warwickshire is doing well. He said: “Economically we are the home to a myriad of successful companies and certainly our advanced manufacturing and engineering firms – many involved in automotive – are leading the way.

“That has been fuelled by several factors. Clearly expanding markets have played a part, but Jaguar Land Rover is now a global brand and has clearly upped its game in terms of design, engineering and build quality.

“With Aston Martin, Geely, BMW and HORIBA MIRA – and many of their supply chain – also in Coventry and Warwickshire, we are undoubtedly a global force in that sector and that fuels inward investment and, consequently, development.”

Deeley has performed strongly in the education sector in recent years undertaking projects for both The University of Warwick and Coventry University, Warwick School, Warwickshire College Group and various academies.

One project – the creation of student accommodation at Warwickshire College Group’s Royal Leamington Spa College campus – only came to fruition because of Deeley’s contacts and experience in dealing with pension and investment funds.

Peter added: “The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units. After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units and we are building 100 now.

“So the funder will end with an investment of 200 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington, where property values make that an attractive investment proposition.

“The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for a new building or housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.

“It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure a package so all requirements are met. The college has its student accommodation, Deeley Construction is completing a sizeable building contract and the funder has a good investment.”

The CITB public non-housing sector is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.6% in the short-term. A number of large projects will support expansion including the £500m Birmingham University campus redevelopment and a £37m science and health building at Coventry University, due for completion this year, says the CITB.

Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager for the West Midlands, said: “Although there is economic uncertainty, the West Midlands construction sector is set for growth, particularly in infrastructure.

“The outlook is positive because of a number of major projects either under way or in the pipeline. The biggest is HS2 which will provide multiple spin-offs in housing, business and recruitment opportunities.

“These projects and the job opportunities contractors are telling us about means this is a very good time to pursue a career in the construction industry. “CITB will continue working with employers to attract new talent into the construction industry and to train them for rewarding careers in the sector.”

Image: Warwick Hall, the new 1,000 -seat theatre at the centre of the Warwick School campus

References: http://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/england/west-midlands/citb-forecast-infrastructure-sets-west-midlands-on-road-to-construction-jobs-and-growth/

 

Leamington schoolchildren build knowledge of construction

Schoolchildren from a Leamington primary school donned hard hats and high-vis jackets to find out more about the construction industry.

Three and four-year-olds from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School joined their parents and teachers for a look at Orbit’s Union Park development in Sydenham.

The 147 new homes are being built by Coventry-based company Deeley Construction on behalf of Orbit.

The youngsters were given an insight into how the new homes are being built, the materials that are used and also the potential hazards of a construction site.

Deeley Construction, which has registered the development with the Considerate Constructors Scheme – an initiative launched to improve the image of the construction industry, used a ‘spot the difference’ game to keep pupils engaged.

Edward Hudson, of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s important that we speak to children from a very early age about the benefits of the construction industry to try to encourage them to join this diverse and exciting industry.

“The children from St Anthony’s really seemed to enjoy themselves – and so did their parents and teachers too!”

Head teacher Mrs McSharry said: “St Anthony’s Nursery children have fantastic learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, planned for by our experienced nursery teacher.

“A walk to the building site was the perfect way of extending the children’s learning about ‘The Three Little Pigs’, as part of their fairy-tale topic.

“We currently have a few places available for three and four-year-olds and are taking applications now for September 2017.”

Union Park is due for completion in early 2018. To find your new home with Orbit, please visit www.orbithomes.org.uk

Pictured: Edward Hudson (front, with sign) with parents, teachers and children from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

 

Trust, knowledge and relationships in a digital age

BY Peter Deeley

In a world which is increasingly digital, and where reality can be virtual – we are currently working on a £15 million project which has underlined the slightly older values of trust, knowledge and relationships.

We finished a very nice project for Warwickshire College Group at Pershore last year, and off the back of that picked up an enquiry from the College in Leamington as it had a contract to provide training to more students and therefore provide additional student accommodation.

The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units.

After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units, we are building 100 now and there is an option on a final phase of 64 units.

So the funder will end with an investment of 264 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington.

The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.

It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure packages so all requirements are met:

The college has its student accommodation

Deeley Group are completing a sizeable building contract

…..and the funder has a good investment!

Literally win, win, win!

Our size and our experience are key. We are local enough to really know the market yet large enough to be attractive to these types of property fund investors. Part of our ability is to comprehend how much the funds have to invest in property.

Knowing that and knowing the client’s needs, we agreed a formula which would be attractive to all sides.

This was not a banking property proposition in this post-recession climate. The figures would not have worked with a conventional banking arrangement.

Over the last decade, we have consciously developed an expertise in how funds work and how investors operate.

Construction, like all other industries, has moved with the times but it is interesting that in arrangements such as this, relationships and trust in those relationships, is fundamental. Without that element, nothing would work.

There are matters of confidentiality from all sides, and all parties have to have faith that the others have the ability to deliver what they are promising.

The funds are out there – not necessarily with banks – but you have to find the right ways to invest it and the right people to work with. If you can do that, the results can be mutually beneficial.