There was a double celebration at Kingsmere, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited’s development in Bicester on Friday 18th May as MP, Victoria Prentis handed over the keys to the newly built Community and Youth Centre buildings at Kingsmere Village Centre, to Cherwell District Council.
At the same event, children from St Edburg’s Primary School unveiled two beautiful new public artworks created for the village centre.
Victoria Prentis was on hand last October to mark the start on site of the community centre and youth centre buildings and laid the first brick. It was fitting that she returned to Kingsmere to formally hand over the keys of the buildings on behalf of the developer, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to the leader of the Cherwell District Council, Councillor Barry Wood.
Victoria commented: “The Community and Youth Centres are important additions to Kingsmere, providing places for residents of all ages to meet, socialise and get to know one another. I have watched with great interest as this development has grown and enjoyed being involved in its progress. North Oxfordshire has several development sites under construction and I look forward to watching them grow in the same way.”
The residents group that has come together to manage these terrific new community facilities were also on hand to mark the occasion and to enjoy a tour of the buildings.”
Councillor Wood said: “I feel confident that these new facilities will serve as a heart to Kingsmere. I know that the Kingsmere Community Centre group have great plans for a range of clubs, activities and events here once fully open. I believe it will provide a popular place for people to come together, meet new friends and neighbours and strengthen the community spirit that will ensure Kingsmere thrives in Bicester.”
Andrew Carrington, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited comments: “The handover of these stunning new community facilities marks a further significant marker in the history of Kingsmere. This community hub is just across the road from St Edburg’s school, a school which has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months, since opening. The location is perfect for the school, as well as the residents of Kingsmere and the wider community. I look forward to seeing these buildings come to life!”
Renowned public artist, Suzanne Driscoll, has created two striking pieces of art for Kingsmere. The much-anticipated installations, commissioned by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd, with the support of Cherwell District Council’s arts team, are both situated within the village centre, in the heart of Kingsmere, and provide eye catching landmarks in the village. Suzanne worked closely with the pupils of St Edburg’s Primary School to come up with the creative themes for her artwork.
Suzanne Driscoll comments: “From the start I wanted to create visual treats; artwork that people could step into, walk through and look at from below or from the sides. With these thoughts in mind my design for the pieces gradually immerged. Though tall in stature and made from modern materials, the structures have an intimate feel. The larger piece is positioned as a focal point at the centre of a circular seating area and will act as a meeting place, a relaxing area or a zone for contemplation. It features imagery of the plants that grew on the former farmland at Kingsmere. These wonderfully intertwined designs embrace Kingsmere’s roots and history for the community.
The second piece of artwork is designed to act as a beacon, leading people into the centre. It stands where the pathway leaves the road, providing a visual feature for the entrance. This smaller piece has a layered roof which acts as a shelter, an umbrella or a canopy and standing underneath it and looking up flying skylarks can be spotted.”
Cherwell and the Kingsmere Community Centre Group will be looking to open the community and youth centres to residents and the wider Bicester community later in the year. These facilities will be joined by a convenience store and local shops, a day nursery and community recycling centre now under construction
The thriving village of Kingsmere also includes a new primary school and secondary school due to open next year. Kingsmere is served by excellent transport connections and the development is home to a selection of house styles which have proved hugely popular for a range of home buyers.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit: www.kingsmere-bicester.com
A new £7.5 million dementia specialist care home in Warwick is a step closer, as WCS Care officially marked the start of construction with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The state-of-the-art care home is being built by Deeley Construction and has been designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by Warwick-based architects Robothams. It will replace the former Woodside home on Spinney Hill, which closed for demolition in 2017, as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment.
Residents, staff, and invited guests – including the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross, and Cllr Richard Edgington – gathered to celebrate the turning of the first sod at the site, which will become a deluxe village-style experience for 72 older people and people with dementia.
The new home, which is due to open in the summer of 2019, will include family-scale households for up to seven people, with en-suite showers and toilets for everyone.
There will also be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, shop, café, and fully-staffed, traditional launderette, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.
The new home will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive, including circadian rhythm lighting and night-time acoustic monitoring to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
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: “The excitement is building as construction work begins on our inspirational new home in Warwick, which will feature many of the ideas and approaches that have already had a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our other homes.
“Driven by our ambition to make every day well lived for residents, we’re creating a home that will push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, while – at the same time – providing a homely, family environment, supported by high quality care around the clock.”
The name of the new home in Warwick, built with support from a £5.9 million funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland, will be revealed in the coming months.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to get work underway on what is an exciting and much-needed development.
“Once again, it’s another example of how Deeley work in partnership with other companies and organisations to bring about important projects for the local community.”
Pictured (left to right): Paresh Parekh, WCS Care’s Director of Finance; Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland; Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross; Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive; Cllr Richard Edgington; Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction; and Jo Barnett, WCS Care hostess at Castle Brook (and former Woodside staff)
Work is underway on a new affordable homes scheme in Leamington.
The Deeley Group is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and Warwick District Council to create 18 affordable homes on the site of the former Dairy Crest premises off Quarry Street and Old Milverton Road.
The existing buildings have already been demolished and the first foundations have been laid for the properties – four of which will be available to rent while a further 14 will be sold as shared ownership aimed at the local community.
Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group, is carrying out the work on the nine two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom properties, with the first homes expected to be ready by autumn 2018.
Pat Moroney, of the Deeley Group, said: “Leamington is crying out for more affordable homes so we are delighted to be working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group to deliver this project.
“This is a former brownfield site which we are bringing back into use, providing much-needed homes for local people. This is the latest in a series of affordable housing schemes we have worked on in the area, as our agility and knowledge of the market mean we are able to provide exactly what is needed for the local area.”
Parking for each two-storey home will be provided at the front of each property.
Anthony Riley, Group Director of Development and Operations at Waterloo Housing Group, said: “We are pleased to be working with the Deeley Group again in Leamington Spa, following the successful completion of the development in Queensway.
“This scheme provides another great opportunity to work together with the W2 Partnership and Warwick District Council to deliver the much needed new homes for local people”.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, Councillor Peter Phillips, said: “We welcome the start of construction of new homes on this new site, which alongside current developments of 39 homes on Theatre Street in Warwick and more than 170 homes on Station Approach in Leamington further demonstrates our commitment to the provision of affordable homes in our district.
“Their location in close proximity to both Leamington Spa and Warwick will make these properties an ideal choice for families and young people wanting to stay in or move into the area.”
Pictured: Pat Moroney (Deeley Group), Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction contracts manager), Richard Pepper (Deeley Construction site manager), Hazel Pennington (Waterloo Housing Group)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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)
Two Coventry based businesses celebrated their relationship – that has blossomed over the course of two decades – by supporting a local woodland charity, the Heart of England Forest.
Construction and development company, the Deeley Group, began working with Advent Communications just a few weeks after the PR and communications firm business was launched 20 years ago.
The two companies joined forces for a charitable event and, rather than planting positive news stories about the property firm, the Advent and Deeley team were planting trees that will form part of the Heart of England Forest at Sheriffs Lench Farm.
On a freezing cold day which included sleet, snow, wind, rain and the occasional bout of sunshine the 12-strong team planted 1,000 trees that will form part of the forest that will eventually stretch across 30,000 acres and will consist of 13 million trees.
Dr Chris Iddon, design and build co-ordinator at Deeley Construction, said: “As a company, we take immense pride in doing all we can for the community and also for ensuring we are as environmentally friendly as we possibly can be.
“We have expertise in delivering energy efficient homes and BREEAM rated education & industrial buildings – an industry standard for environmentally-friendly buildings – but taking part in a day like this is a reminder of how important it is to not only protect our environment but to actively improve it.
“It was a fantastic day and it was great to join forces with Advent who have worked with the Deeley Group for 20 years. We’d encourage other companies to look at getting involved with the Heart of England Forest as they offer excellent team building days whilst reducing the negative impact of your company’s carbon emissions.”
Lee Corden, Advent Communications director, added: “It was a really good team effort all round and everyone really got into the spirit of the day.
“We were offered the chance to stop when we got to 850 trees but we decided to push on and get to the 1,000 mark.
“Advent and Deeley have been working together for two decades now and joining together for this event underlined the fact that the relationship between the two companies goes further than business.”
Stephen Coffey, head forester, said: “We were delighted to welcome a small, but mighty team of Deeley Group and Advent Communications corporate volunteers to the Forest, on what was a rather chilly and blustery day.
“Deeley Group are the first developer to come and take part in a corporate tree planting day at the Heart of England Forest and, with the planting of an incredible 1,000 trees in just one day, we couldn’t have asked for more! We look forward to welcoming both companies back again soon.”
To find out more about how to get involved, visit https://www.heartofenglandforest.com/get-involved/get-your-company-involved/
A Coventry charity cycle ride has raised funds to cover the costs of one week’s care for a child at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice – and received an additional boost too.
More than 260 cyclists hit the roads in support of the hospice for the Starley Sportive cycle ride, organised by Deeley Group and Coventry Road Club.
The event initially raised £4,500, but the total was boosted by a further £2,500 due to private sponsorship from two riders, taking the overall amount to £7,000.
The costs to support one child for one week at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice total £4,200, with care for a day for six children costing £3,600.
Marc Dwyer, challenge events officer at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the beneficiary charity of the Deeley Group and Coventry Road Club Starley Sportive. The event was a huge success, with hundreds of cyclists enjoying the day and raising £7,000 for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
“The babies and infants that come to Zoë’s Place have life-limiting or life threatening illnesses. They face challenges every day that many of us would take for granted. So it really is apt that people took on the challenge of a bike ride to help us.
“We extend our thanks to everyone involved, particularly the organisers and Deeley Group for hosting the event and of course all of the cyclists for taking part.
“We have many more events on our calendar this year, including a Coventry to Skegness Bike Ride, and these can be seen at www.zoes-place.org.uk.”
The Starley Sportive also recognised the contributions of cycling innovators James Starley and John Kemp Starley, who both worked and lived in Coventry.
It marked Coventry Road Club’s sixth sportive and followed on from the successful Deeley 80 Cycle Ride.
Ian Court, of the Coventry Road Club, said: “We’d like to thank all the riders that took part in this year’s Starley Sportive and helped to raise such a huge amount for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
“In addition to the ride, we also held a great prize draw, raising £275 and I would like to thank all the companies that donated prizes.
“The event is one of the most anticipated events on our calendar and has grown year-on-year, especially with joining forces with the Deeley Group, we hope to attract even more riders for next year’s event.”
The ride started from the Deeley Group’s headquarters in Coventry, before heading out into the Warwickshire countryside, with riders able to choose from a 59 mile and 30 mile route to take.
Edward Hudson, business development manager at the Deeley Group, added: “It was great event and brilliant day especially as we exceeded our funding target.
“We have been long-standing supporters of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice at the Deeley Group. The charity does brilliant work and it is fantastic that we have been able to raise so much to support them.”
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