Deeley Construction is set to complete a hat-trick of high-profile refurbishment projects for Coventry University in less than a year.
The company has begun work on a £1.1 million refurbishment programme which will see a row of properties in Whitefriars Lane transformed into a new Enterprise Hub, a reprographics centre and shop.
The project will take six months to complete and will totally restore the run of pre-war buildings.
The scheme comes hot on the heels of a refurbishment project on Alma Building, to create a new home for the University’s IT department, and the major improvements to the Alan Berry Building in University Square which is its main administration centre.
Both projects, which totalled in excess of £1.3 million, were finished on time and in budget.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said all three projects involved challenges set by the university’s location.
“The reason the university brings so much vitality to Coventry is because the hub of its campus is right in the city centre.
“That means in all three projects we have had to ensure that the surrounding areas remain open and continue to function as normal, which is always a challenge.
“While all three have involved restoring and refurbishing buildings, they have been very different. Alan Berry is very much the front door of the university and is very high profile, and while Alma Building is not in such a prominent location, it houses massively important functions and is very much an engine room of the university.
“We work right across the UK, but we are very much a Coventry company so it is always pleasing to take on projects which made a tangible improvement to the city centre and that has certainly been the case with these three contracts.”
The university has spent in excess of £150 million in the last five years improving its campus – much of it spent on refurbishment.
Rob Talliss, director of estates for the university, said: “Of course our large landmark projects grab attention, but we have a very progressive on-going programme of refurbishments which adapt our existing stock to make it suitable for modern learning methods and other relevant contemporary uses.
“As a city centre university we have a responsibility to do our utmost to improve the environment, and that means ensuring that everyday life can continue for local people and visitors while we undertake our work.
“Deeley Construction has helped us do that on all fronts and it has been a very good partnership between two local organisations.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher (left) with Rob Talliss
Peter Deeley has become one of the first recipients of a Coventry City of Culture 2021 Gold Badge to highlight his work in promoting the City of Culture bid.
Michael Mogan, Fundraising Director for Coventry’s bid, said the idea has created some competition between its existing supporters.
He said: “It started as a bit of fun and a way of giving thanks to our donors, but the Gold Badge initiative has really gathered momentum. We realised that many backers were joining as a result of an introduction from an existing member of the 2021 Club and we could not let this go unrecognised! So, everyone who has introduced two supporters receives a limited edition Gold Badge.”
First recipients included Coventry City Councillor, Michael Hammon, and those assembled above:
> Ben Burbidge signed up through Burbidge & Son and helped with introductions to a number of businesses
> Les Ratcliffe (and the JLR team) have brought many members of the JLR supply chain into the fold
> Partners in Angels, Michael Taberner and Elvis Kesic, have both earned Gold Badges
> Peter Deeley played a leading role in starting the ball rolling, by hosting a great event in his offices and inviting business contacts, many of whom got on board.
How do you get your hands on one?
Introduce two or more supporters to back the bid and you will be awarded with a gold badge. If you have someone in mind to support Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture, please contact Nicole.email@example.com and win your chance to be featured in the next fundraising newsletter with your gold badge.
If you have already introduced backers to the City of Culture team, let them know.
For more information on the bid visit: https://coventry2021.co.uk/
Pictures (clockwise): Ben Burbidge, Les Ratcliffe, Peter Deeley, Michael Taberner and Elvis Kesic
220 riders took part in the charity cycle ride on Sunday 19th February 2017 to raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green.
Starting at Deeley Group’s head office, two routes were available to the cyclists, a 30 mile or more challenging 59 mile route.
A fantastic £2,300 was raised which is a record for Coventry Road Club and their charity cycle rides.
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice needs to raise £1.3 million every year to care for babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Coventry and Warwickshire and relies heavily on fundraising events to support them.
Deeley Group’s Edward Hudson and Adam Dent from the group’s PR Agency, Advent Communications, both took part in the charity cycle ride.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Coordinator, at Deeley Group said “After hearing the cycle club lost their previous event venue, we were of course happy to step in to help. Our facilities were the ideal location for the rides to start, being so close to the Countryside and large enough to cater for the volume of people taking part.”
“We are delighted that Coventry Road Club and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice raised this amount and that all of their hard work paid off.”
The date for Deeley Group’s own charity cycle ride, the ‘Deeley 80’ and ‘Family 20’ has already been set for Sunday 17th September 2017.
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
Deeley Construction has hit a high point on a scheme in Stratford-upon-Avon that is being created on behalf of Orbit.
Fordham House is a new development of 82 private rent apartments on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, with initial preference to key workers in the town.
The development is a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects. Deeley Construction is the design and build contractor.
A topping out ceremony was held at the development, which is on the site of a vacant office building that was demolished to allow work to proceed, to mark the highest point in the build being reached.
Justin Williams, of Stratford Town Trust, and Adam Cooper, of Orbit, joined Peter Deeley and site manager Richard Pepper on the roof of the scheme before other visitors. Other guests were shown around the one and two-bed apartments which are undergoing the ‘first fix’ of electrical and mechanical services.
Peter Deeley said: “We are delighted with the way work is progressing and the topping out ceremony marks an important milestone in the build.
“Richard and the team are doing a great job, and Justin and Adam were both pleased with the way the development is coming along.”
Nearly 250,000 bricks and blocks have been used to complete the scheme. Local school pupil Isabella, aged six, guessed the correct amount in a competition prior to Christmas winning an iPad for her and family.
Pictured (left to right): Peter Deeley, Adam Cooper, Justin Williams, Richard Pepper
Coventry Irish Society has received a £60,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an Oral History Project documenting the contribution of the Irish community to the city of Coventry.
The project, which will run for 18 months, focuses on Irish migrants that arrived in the city after the Second World War, during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the highlights will be a high-profile exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March 2018 and will include filmed interviews, photographs and written materials.
Thanks to National Lottery players, this important project will allow present and future generations to learn about the Irish community’s contribution to Coventry and to celebrate that as part of the city’s diverse communities.
Project materials will be distributed to schools and universities for educational purposes and there will be archived materials at the Herbert Art Gallery, creating a lasting legacy for this lesser known aspect of Coventry’s heritage.
A website will enable the whole community to explore the memories and legacy of the Irish community. It is also a prominent piece of work in the context of the city bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
The Society is also delighted to have received partnership funding for the project from Cork City Council, Deeley Construction and the Arts Council.
Coventry Irish Society manager Simon McCarthy said: “We are delighted to have received this National Lottery funding. The Irish community is proud of its heritage and legacy within the city and we see this project as a celebration of the magnificent contribution the Irish have made to the cultural, social and political life of Coventry.”
Organisers of a charity bike ride are hoping hundreds of people will turn their pedals and raise thousands of pounds for a Coventry Baby Hospice.
Cyclists taking on the 59 mile or 30 miles bike ride challenge will help raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green.
The Deeley Group/Coventry Road Club joint initiative is being held on Sunday 19th February. The cyclists taking on the 59 mile undulating, circular route will depart from the Deeley Group Head Quarters in Herald Avenue, Coventry at 9.30 am with those taking on the shorter route departing at 10 am.
Ian Court, Press Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: “Coventry Road Club encourages people to take up the sport of cycling. This event has now become an annual challenge in support of local charities.
“We target novice and experienced cyclists to take on the challenge of either a 59 or 28 mile route through beautiful Warwickshire Countryside. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for good causes and we urge people to turn up and raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.”
Registration starts at 9.00am, the entry fee for both routes is just £10 and participants will be rewarded for their efforts with free coffee and cake when they finish.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Coordinator, at Deeley Group said “After hearing the cycle club lost their previous event venue, we were delighted to step in to help. Our facilities are ideal a perfect location for the rides to start, being so close to the Countryside and large enough to cater for the volume of people taking part.
“But most importantly we wanted to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice because we have been long standing supporters of this wonderful charity.”
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice needs to raise £1.3m every year to care for babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Coventry and Warwickshire and relies heavily on fundraising events to support them.
Event Challenge Officer at the hospice, Vicky Whitlock said: “It is wonderful that people will be taking on a challenge that will improve their health and at the same time help raise much needed funds for the hospice. Events like this are our lifeline and they really do help us meet our charitable, so we are delighted and thankful to be the beneficiaries.
“We can also provide sponsor forms for those that want them. Just £25 will provide one hour of high quality nursing care for a baby so we hope people will encourage sponsorship.”
The organisers are hoping that participants will complete a registration form and bring it along on the to help ease queues and this can be found at www.coventryroadclub.org.uk/downloads/CRCDeeley2017entryform2.pdf
An annual award which honours the legacy of a respected figure in the property industry has been awarded for the fifth time.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 by Deeley Group and is awarded to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.
Elaine Arlow, an accounts supervisor at the Coventry-based firm was announced as the 2016 recipient of the award and was presented the award by Gary’s wife, Julie.
Elaine said: “I was so surprised to win the award. It’s such a nice thing to know that your fellow colleagues voted for you, I was just completely and utterly shocked when they read out my name.
“The award is the centrepiece of my brand new mantelpiece and it was fantastic to see all those lovely comments from everyone.
“In the accounts office, Ian, Amanda and I sometimes feel like people think we are just pestering them so it’s nice to know that people recognise what you do.
“Gary was a lovely person, everyone loved and respected him and it’s nice to know that people were thinking of him at this time of year.”
The award is voted for by employees and is a fitting tribute to Gary who passed away in 2011 – having joined Deeley as an apprentice before progressing to become a contract manager.
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Elaine has received wonderful praise from her colleagues for bringing a positive atmosphere to the office with her polite and cheerful attitude to work.
“Her co-workers have highlighted that Elaine will always go that extra mile for them and does not understand the word ‘no’ when faced with a difficult task.
“Gary was a well-known and popular member of the Deeley family, a fantastic member of the team, and I’m sure that he would have agreed that Elaine was fully deserving of this year’s award in his remembrance.”
PICTURE CAPTION: left to right – Amanda Deavy, Peter Deeley, Elaine Arlow, Julie Neville, Ian Clorley