Fordham House – a development of high-quality, private rented apartments in Stratford-upon-Avon on which the Deeley Group played a significant role – has won a prestigious, national award.
The Orbit scheme, situated on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – which features 82 high-quality homes, picked up the ‘Best Build For Rent Development’ award at the Inside Housing Development Awards.
The awards ceremony, which is now in its third year, took place at the O2 in London and showcases the best in new housing development right across the UK.
Work started on the award-winning site in 2016 and took two years to complete with all apartments now fully let.
The development was brought to market through a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled for Orbit that Fordham House has won such a nationally recognised award.
“It is a great example of how partnership working can create a development that brings economic, social and regenerative benefits to a community.
“The Deeley Group played a major role in Fordham House over many years before Deeley Construction started work on-site and we are very proud to be part of this award-winning development.”
Fordham House, which picked up Residential Property of the Year at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards West Midlands earlier in 2019, is owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.
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)
Work is underway on a new £3.7 million mixed-use development near Aylesbury.
Coventry-based Deeley Construction has started work on a new children’s day nursery, retail unit and 17 apartments in Pegasus Way, Haddenham, in partnership with Henry Davidson Developments.
The scheme, which is on the site of a former airfield, is set for completion in the summer of 2020 and will bring into use the site for the community.
The National Coop has already committed to the convenience store, which will be situated on the ground floor along with a Bright Horizons Nursery and Pre-school, with the two-bedroom homes on the first and second floors.
Steve Turner, construction director at Deeley Construction, said: “We have worked in this area on many occasions previously and this is another scheme that will bring economic and social benefits to Haddenham.
“The scheme is part of a wider development where there are more than 200 houses under construction, some of which are already occupied so we have worked with the developer to ensure those residents are not affected by our work.
“Deeley Construction is proud to work in partnership with Henry Davidson Developments on this new scheme and will deliver a project that brings homes, retail and jobs to the area.”
Richard Croft, director of Henry Davidson Developments, added: “The development is another great example of what we do best, provide new first class facilities for the benefit of the existing and growing community.
“We are delighted to have appointed Deeley Construction, they have a reputation for quality and we have worked closely with them to ensure the apartments will be built to a high-specification complementary to the fantastic location within walking distance of Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station.”
Pictured: Steve Turner (left) with Richard Croft
We will be doffing our hats in a colourful show of support when Britain’s premier men’s cycling race passes through a Warwickshire village.
The Deeley Group will pay homage to the world’s top cyclists at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this year, after issuing hard hats featuring the colour schemes of the four race leaders’ jerseys, ready for when cycling’s elite tackle the final Warwickshire stage sprint at Pillerton Priors.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will arrive in Warwickshire for the second year running on Friday, September 13.
The south Warwickshire parish will be the site of the third and final Eisberg Sprint, and is home to one of the Deeley Group’s latest homes developments – The Meadows – which features 10 new countryside houses and bungalows.
The colours of the four race leaders’ jerseys – blue for the Cetaphil Points Jersey, black for the Skoda King of the Mountain Jersey, red for the Eisberg Sprints Jersey, as well as the OVO Energy Green Jersey – will all be displayed on industry-standard hard hats as workers complete the final stages of construction at The Meadows.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “With the OVO Energy Tour of Britain set to race past one of our newest developments, we felt this was a fantastic opportunity to show our support to UK cycling.
“We saw first-hand the positive impact that cycling can have on the local community at the Starley Sportive – an event we help organise – earlier this year and we are always looking to get involved in sport, health and wellbeing wherever we can, particularly as we celebrate our status as European City of Sport.
“The Meadows is in a picturesque location around seven miles south east of Stratford upon Avon, featuring ten homes with large gardens within the village setting.
“Our construction team will be able to make use of a prime location when the tour passes through, with an excellent view of the third sprint, and they will no doubt give a great cheer to all the riders.
“And the site will be immaculate for the television cameras as our show home opens the next day!”
The 186.5km route includes Warwick, Kenilworth, the University of Warwick, Meridan, Fillongley, Atherstone, Mancetter, Hartshill, Galley Common, Corley, Bedworth, Bulkington, Brinklow, Long Lawford, Bilton, Dunchurch, Kites Hardwick, Princethorpe, Ashorne, Wellesbourne, Ettington, Edgehill, Warmington, Temple Herdewyke, and three ascents of Burton Dassett on a 12km route.
The peloton will head up towards Meriden via Kenilworth and Berkswell, before travelling across North Warwickshire to Bedworth and Bulkington.
Riders will then head south towards Brinklow and the outskirts of Rugby, and back up to Princethorpe before racing along Fosse Way, down to Wellesbourne, and through Ettington and Edgehill.
Three Eisberg Sprints await competitors during the stage, the first at Berkswell, the second at Brinklow, and the third at Pillerton Priors.
Competitors will then face three Skoda King of the Mountain challenges in a gruelling final stretch including two full loops of Burton Dassett County Park before crossing the tour’s first-ever hill top finish line.
CAPTION: Edward Hudson (on bike) and left to right: Arron Green (Site Operative), Darren Cox (Site Manager), Matt Laight (Carpenter).
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
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.”
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
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.