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Deeley commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

 

A Coventry-based construction company has showcased its commitment to developing young people by joining an industry led initiative.

Deeley Construction has joined The 5% Club, which focuses on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 275 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

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

It is a proud record that includes managing director Martin Gallagher, who welcomed three new apprentices to the company in the past year.

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 our new apprentices 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.”

Deeley Construction currently supports three management trainees. Two other staff members are undertaking work sponsored learning programmes which accounts for nine per cent of the total workforce.

The company also offers one and two week placements to students from local schools and colleges – giving students a valuable insight into the construction industry.

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Deeley Construction into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.

“All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk  or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Final pre-sale at Kites Park development completed

The latest phase of a successful £9 million development in Kites Park in Princes Risborough is now full after a Midlands property company agreed the final pre-sale to an expanding fabric company.

Following the pre-sale of a 38,555 sq ft office and manufacturing facility to Ilecsys last summer, AC Lloyd has sold purpose-built 26,000 sq ft premises to Curtains & Linens.

The company, which is currently based in Woodham, near Aylesbury, is due to move into their new home in June once the work is completed by Coventry-based Deeley Construction.

Sanjeev Singh Sidhu, the Managing Director at Curtains & Linens which employs nine people, said this was an exciting new era in the business’s history.

“When we first set-up the business in 2008, we had a retail shop in Hounslow but when online shopping really took off, the business grew further and we moved into bigger premises in Aylesbury,” he said.

“We have got to the point of saturation where we can only hold a certain amount of products and we want to take the next step and grow the business again. We want to have more product lines to expand our product range.

“This is a new location for us which is in a pleasant, peaceful area rather than a big industrial estate within a large city or town which we prefer.

“AC Lloyd and Minns-Network Developments, their Development Managers, have helped us every step of the way. Since we are not buying a ready-made unit, it is a little more complicated and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Mark Edwards, a director at AC Lloyd Holdings, said: “Kites Park has proved popular with a variety of businesses across different sectors, in view of its location and our ability to offer freehold design and build packages.

“Curtains & Linens is moving to their new home in a prime location which will mean the company can continue to process its orders for its existing customers as well as enabling them to expand their product range.

“As part of this last phase of a three-phase scheme, we have a single building of 5,015 sq ft which, whilst we are building speculatively, we have under offer at asking terms.

“We have been very pleased by the demand for Kites Park which we bought in July 2015 and we will have developed out the entire scheme in under three years. It proves that there is a shortage of good industrial sites which can be delivered at costs that the SME sector can access.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction added: “We are delighted to be working with AC Lloyd in providing much-needed commercial property for growing companies.”

“Creating this kind of development requires partnership between several companies and our skills and experience make us a perfect fit for this scheme.”

 

Picture caption: Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), Adam Clegg (AC Lloyd), Sanjeev Singh Sidhu (Curtains & Linens) and Will Winterson (Minns-Network Developments)

Warwick Hall project shortlisted for major award

A Coventry construction company has been shortlisted for an industry award for its work at a local school.

Deeley Construction, which is part of the Deeley Group, is a finalist in the Refurbishment Project of the Year award category at the NFB Awards 2018.

The company has been shortlisted for the £5.8 million project it completed on behalf of Warwick School on the former Guy Nelson Hall, which is now known as Warwick Hall.

The new hall has already played host to a range of events and performances and has proved to be a hit with staff, pupils and the local community.

Simon Jones, foundation secretary for Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, said: “Deeley Construction was courteous and flexible in their approach to minimise disruption to the school. We were impressed by Deeley’s willingness to host site visits for pupils, teachers and governors who were eager to view progress.

“The hands-on approach from all of the employees – from site managers to directors – gave a personal touch which all at Warwick School appreciated. The building provides a focal point for our school campus, helping to shape future plans, and we are grateful for such a wonderful building.”

Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place at The Belfry Hotel & Resort on Tuesday, March 27.

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be shortlisted for our work on Warwick Hall.

“It was a project that required a great deal of expertise and, also, strong communication between our team, the client and the community. We look forward to finding out if we’ve won in March.”

 

PICTURE CAPTION: Co-director Cat Price, Warwick School Director of Drama Mike Perry and Peter Deeley with the cast of Les Misérables, which was staged in the new Warwick Hall

New £1.4m industrial property being built in North Warwickshire

A new £1.4 million speculative industrial development is being created in North Warwickshire.

Coventry-based Deeley Construction has started work on the former Mallard Lodge site in Marsh Lane, Water Orton, on behalf of Flexdart Limited.

Flexdart is a scrap metal merchant, with clients around the world, and is branching out into property development as the business expands.

The firm, which was established in 1957, selected Deeley Construction to undertake the work on the 16,000 sq ft industrial property with a two-storey office, delivery area and car parking.

The site was previously a house known as Mallard Lodge and had historically been used as a workshop for car repairs in the 1940s.

Nic Bevan, of Flexdart, said: “The scrap metal side of the business is expanding. We have a global customer base and are always looking for new opportunities within the trade.

“However we also want to diversify the business and saw this as a great opportunity to develop a property that we could lease out to another company and bring further employment into the area.

“It’s ideally located, close to the M42 and M6 motorways which provide ready access to the rest of the UK mainland and ports, within 15 minutes’ drive of an international container base, train station and airport we believe it will attract significant interest.

“We went out to tender and we were impressed with the plans that Deeley Construction put forward during the interview, particularly how they would ensure the development would cause minimal disruption to the local area and environment. It is important to us and our business to be good neighbours and Deeley shared that ethos.”

Martin Gallagher, the managing director of Deeley Construction, said that speculative industrial development had been rare in recent years but was vital for the regional economy.

He said: “We are delighted to be underway at Water Orton on behalf of Flexdart after being successful in the competitive tender process.

“There is not a huge amount of speculative development being undertaken when it comes to industrial premises but there is certainly a need for it.

“The ability to regenerate a site in this way and work in partnership with our clients is a great strength of Deeley Construction.”

Pictured: Richard Hammond (Deeley Construction, left) with Nic Bevan

Fordham House awarded Secured by Design Gold Standard

Located on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, Fordham House has been awarded Secured by Design (SBD) Gold Standard for security measures incorporated into the design and build of its 82 high-quality apartments.

The development was required to meet SBD standards for physical security such as windows, doors and locks however Fordham House enhanced this with additional crime prevention techniques such as the automated rising bollards for resident parking, a part time caretaker service and privacy blinds for ground and first floor apartments.

Commenting on the award, Adam Cooper, Commercial Director at Orbit said: “We are really pleased to achieve the highest award from Secure by Design. We believe in providing high quality, secure homes for our customers and are proud to be recognised for taking extra measures to heighten the security at Fordham House.”

Ian King, crime prevention design advisor at Warwickshire Police said: “Orbit has taken on board the principles from the SBD initiative and taken extra steps to design out crime. The standard of security included in the design of the development exceeded my expectations. It is a hard act to follow.”

Amanda, a resident at Fordham House said: “The apartments here are modern and spacious, and it is perfectly located between the charm of downtown and the convenience of larger stores. It is a beautiful, safe and comfortable place and I love living here.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction said: “Fordham House has been a great partnership effort and the Deeley Group prides itself on working with clients and partners to deliver highly successful projects.

“It’s a testament to the work everyone put in at Fordham House that it has picked up this significant award.”

Secure by Design is the title for the official UK Police flagship initiative combining the principles of ‘designing out crime’ with physical security. Independent academic research shows that SBD developments that include crime prevention techniques in the built environment and accredited products like doors and windows can reduce crimes like burglary by up to 75% in new-build homes.

Evidence suggests these figures are sustainable year-on-year and represent a significant reduction especially as most SBD developments are in social housing in deprived areas.

Fordham House comprises 82 high-quality apartments and has been developed by Orbit in partnership with Deeley Construction, ABD Developments and Stratford Town Trust offering enviable priority accommodation to the town’s key workers and locals.

To find out more about Fordham House, please visit www.Fordham-House.co.uk

Snow stopping Deeley Christmas traditions

There was ‘snow’ stopping one of property and construction’s annual Christmas traditions in Coventry.

The Deeley Group, based at George House on Coventry Business Park, invited clients, contacts and colleagues to its festive lunch to celebrate a successful 2017 for the firm.

And, despite snow on the ground and freezing conditions, more than 60 industry professionals joined the team at Deeley to toast the company.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the company, said: “It was another wonderful turn-out for our festive lunch.

“As a company, we value relationships and partnerships and that’s exactly why we hold this event each year. There is no fanfare, no speeches – just a chance to say thank you and Merry Christmas to those people we have worked with during the year.”

Pictured: Peter Deeley (managing director) right, and Peter Hartill (chairman) seated as the celebration gets into full swing

Support the Sea Scouts at Business Breakfast

Business figures will come together to support the construction of a new home for the 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts.

The inaugural 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts Business Breakfast will take place at Warwick Hall on Friday, January 5.

Running between 7.15am and 9.30am, the free-to-attend event is in support of building a new headquarters for the group in St Nicholas Park, Warwick and its wider ‘Building a Future’ Initiative.

The group needs to raise £650,000 for the construction of a new HQ, which will allow the group to grow, supporting more young people and becoming a valuable resource for the local community.

The event is supported by Deeley Group and Warwick School and will feature a networking session followed by three speeches from leading business figures and individuals with a seafaring connection.

The first speaker on the morning will be Simon Talling-Smith, who is CEO of private travel company, Surf Air in Europe and a former 2nd Warwick Sea Scout. He also masterminded British Airway’s first e-commerce site in 2001.

Alan Haywood, CEO of BP Integrated Supply and Trading, will be the second speaker and is also a former 2nd Warwick Sea Scout. Alan joined BP in 1988 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the trading business in Europe and the US for more than 25 years. He will reflect on how 2nd Warwick plays an important role in the development of young people.

They will be joined by former Captain of RMS Queen Mary 2 Captain Bernard Warner.

His career at sea spanned 45 years, serving his final six years as Captain of the largest transatlantic ocean liner built for the British Cunard Line since Queen Elizabeth 2 and retired in 2011.

Janette Eslick, fundraiser for the 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to host our first ever business breakfast and we’re looking forward to welcoming business people from across the region to the event.

“The 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts has been a huge part of Warwick for more than 50 years and we are recognised as one of the best in the country. The new headquarters will enable to us to be available to more youngsters and provide greater support to the local community.

“We have some brilliant speakers on the morning, two of which are past members of our group and have gone on to make a real impact in the world of business.

“We’re also delighted to be welcoming Bernard Warner, who I am sure will have some fantastic stories to share from his time at sea and how those experiences on the water have shaped his career.”

Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, added: “The 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts group are an important part of the community in Warwick and we are more than happy to be supporting its plans to develop their services.

“The programme of speakers on the morning is very impressive, demonstrating that being involved in a community group such as the sea scouts can help in later life.”

To register your interest in the inaugural 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts Business Breakfast visit https://2wkseascouts.eventbrite.com/?aff=Deeleys

For more details contact seascouts@2wk.org.uk

PICTURE CAPTION: Bethany Ellis, Gus Lock (Headmaster, Warwick School), Tom Bosworth, Peter Deeley and Captain Bernard Warner

Holland & Barrett expands headquarters

An international company based in Warwickshire is doubling the size of its Nuneaton headquarters thanks to recent growth.

Leading health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett International has added a further 48,000 sq ft to its global headquarters at Eliot Park, which is the hub for over 1,500 stores globally.

Coventry-based Deeley Construction, which took the project through the initial design and planning process, has now completed the multi-million pound development and handed over the state-of-the-art building to the company.

Not only are staff now making the most of the extended office space, they are also benefitting from an on-site gym and nursery. The latest works will see the HQ house 500 staff when all positions have been filled.

It’s the latest phase of work that Deeley Group has undertaken at the park in Nuneaton after more than 40 years of regeneration on the site.

Peter Aldis, Chief Executive Officer of Holland & Barrett International, said: “We moved to Eliot Park in 2010 and it has been a great base from which to grow the company.

“We are delighted that we have been able to expand on site to meet our plans to grow the business and we are very pleased with the work Deeley Construction has undertaken.

“It’s important to us that everyone in the team is happy while they are at work and that’s why we have included additional elements such as a gym and nursery, as we know these are key facilities for our staff.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said Eliot Park had been a huge economic success story for the north of Warwickshire.

He said: “We have worked on behalf of Holland & Barrett International for many years and we are extremely proud to have completed this extension for the company.

“Eliot Park is a classic example of regeneration which Deeley Group has led over many decades and this latest phase shows Holland & Barrett’s commitment to the region.”

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