Property and construction professionals across Coventry and Warwickshire are putting their weight behind the UK City of Culture bid.
Coventry-based Deeley Group, which has property development and construction divisions, hosted the team behind the city’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021.
After hearing from steering group chair David Burbidge and bid adviser Andrew Dixon, a gathering of 40 professionals from the sector saw a short, dramatic piece from a group of young people from the Belgrade Theatre.
Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “The city – and the county – needs to be right behind this bid because it could do so much for the area, culturally, socially and economically.
“We were delighted to host the team and to hear more about what the bid might look like and the real benefits the whole region would feel.
“The time feels right for Coventry to have the confidence to put its heart and soul into this bid and win the title of UK City of Culture for 2021.”
Pictured: Standing (left to right) Alex Sutton, Laura Williams, Dion Dunne, Leon Phillips (Belgrade)
Sitting (left to right) Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Laura McMillan, Andrew Dixon, David Burbidge (all City of Culture)
Front – Cameron Razza (Belgrade)
The winner of this year’s Neville Award has been praised for his commitment and team work on a variety of projects.
Deeley Construction presents an annual Neville Award to a member of its workforce in memory of a colleague who died in 2011.
Gary Neville joined the company as an apprentice before progressing to become contracts manager and leading on some of the firm’s major projects including the development of Belgrade Plaza, in Coventry and St George’s Square, in Bristol.
He died suddenly in 2011, and the company introduced the award to recognise the employee who has demonstrated the most commitment to their role within the company over the previous year.
Contracts manager Mike Thompson won the vote from his fellow colleagues this year after handling a number of construction projects, and was presented with the trophy by Deeley Group’s Managing Director Peter Deeley.
Peter said: “Mike’s unwavering commitment to finishing his projects to the highest standard has been noticed by everybody during the three years he has been here. He has been a real team player focused on delivering results, and has earned respect from everybody at Deeley Construction.”
Over the past year Mike has been responsible for the delivery of projects at Pershore College, Monarch Gardens in Leamington Spa, Waterloo Housing Group and Bromford Group in North Warwickshire.
Mike, who lives in Lichfield, added: “I am both delighted and surprised to receive this award, as I haven’t been with the business that long compared to other people. Every construction project has its own unique requirements and I really enjoy the unpredictable nature of my job and the problem solving it brings.
“One of the most interesting projects we’ve just completed is building a collections house for exotic plants at Pershore College. The plants required a certain temperature and humidity, so we needed to think carefully about the room layout, taking into account things like the positioning of the heating and lighting.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher, Mike Thompson, Julie Neville, Peter Deeley
Orbit has completed the purchase of a vacant office building, currently known as Warwick House, from Stratford Town Trust for the development of targeted key worker accommodation in the town.
In the first days of the year, Orbit took possession of the site, which will see the development of 82 high-quality one and two bedroom apartments for private rent, with a focus on local key workers.
The housing association, with an already strong customer base in Stratford, has plans to demolish the existing office building, on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, and transform the site into a brand new residential building. This will bring targeted key worker accommodation for the likes of health and emergency services workers and teachers in the town, as well as those working in local businesses.
The new building will provide 82 private rented homes, comprising 64 one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments designed to help minimise maintenance requirements, to be let on assured short-hold tenancies.
Stratford Town Trust will continue to retain the freehold, whilst Orbit will own and manage the new accommodation. A partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments LLP (owned by the Bird Group, the Henley Estate Company, and Deeley Properties) and Robothams architects will bring the scheme to market. Deeley Construction has been appointed as the design and build contractors.
Work has now begun on the demolition process, with the site due for completion in summer 2017.
Adam Cooper, private rented sector director at Orbit, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stratford Town Trust, ABD Developments and Deeley Construction to take this project forward, and bring much needed key worker homes to Stratford.
“This is a key development for Orbit, as it demonstrates our commitment to providing more homes across new and different tenures to meet the needs and aspirations of our customers.
“With the rising cost of homeownership pushing many out of the housing market, we have seen a huge rise in the demand for rented properties. Our new high-quality homes will offer local people a flexible housing option, in a great location.”
Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “This is a really ground-breaking concept and one we are so pleased to support. It is absolutely right that those working hard in our hospitals and schools can afford to live in Stratford. We are confident this development will have a positive impact throughout the town.”
David Austin, of ABD Developments, said: “There is an intrinsic need for more key worker accommodation in Stratford, to allow for the people who work in its hospitals, schools and emergency services to live in the town. I am sure this development will prove to be extremely popular.”
The Deeley Group, a leading Midlands development and construction company, has made a major new appointment as it celebrates its 80th year.
Andrew Brazier, who has more than a decade of experience running property investment companies, has joined the Deeley Group as development consultant.
Brazier established a development and investment funding track record at King Sturge in Birmingham and was one of the founding partners at Knight Frank in the city before establishing Ryon Properties.
The new role will see Brazier, who has also been a director of the Investment Property Forum, help the Deeley Group expand its development division after a period of company growth.
Peter Deeley, chief executive of the Deeley Group, said Brazier would work across commercial and residential development.
“This is a major appointment for the Deeley Group. Andrew has great experience in property investment and in commercial development. We have worked closely with him in the past, but this new role will see him help us realise development opportunities.
“We have a long and very successful track record in development and we see that part of our business growing again after several strong years on the construction front.
“We have a business which offers the full range of services in construction and development and have great experience in commercial, residential and regeneration schemes and we feel now is the right time to press ahead more actively on the development front.
“Andrew has extensive experience in property investment and his network of contacts will allow us to push forward on several opportunities we have identified.”
The Deeley Group, which is based in Coventry, has successfully completed schemes across the country from Southampton to Manchester, and Cambridge to Bristol.
Brazier, who is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, said: “Deeley is very well placed because of its range of services and its standing in the industry to make the most of an improving market with select development schemes.
“I know the Deeley Group very well and have had close dealings with all parts of the business over years and have seen it deliver high quality developments of varying types.
“I deal with investors who are looking for just those sort of opportunities and will want to deal with a company which is stable and has a proven track record.”
Left to right: Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Pat Moroney (Deeley Properties), Andrew Brazier, Peter Harthill (Deeley Group), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group).
The Deeley Group’s ‘model of brownfield regeneration’ has been shortlisted for a major property award.
The company’s redevelopment of the Queensway area of Leamington – which has seen the creation of homes, retail and employment space on a redundant industrial site – has been shortlisted in the regeneration project of the year at the Insider Property Awards West Midlands.
The development, described by local MP Chris White as a ‘model of brownfield regeneration’, includes housing schemes with Orbit Homes and Waterloo Housing Group as well as a new Aldi supermarket and Travis Perkins.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 19.
Deeley Construction staff swapped the building site for the football pitch to raise money for charity.
The firm staged a five-a-side tournament match at St Finbarrs to help raise money for the Belgrade Theatre’s ‘Theatre in Education’ fund.
Deeley Construction’s side was joined by teams from BPS, Robothams Architects and Orbit Homes with BPS taking the overall crown.
The competition, which was organised by Edward Hudson, business development co-ordinator at Deeley Construction, raised a further £200 for the charity.
Edward said: “We had already contributed £2,500 for the appeal, which is working to guarantee funding for the group for the next three years, so we’re really pleased with the progress we’ve made so far.
“The football match was a great way to get everyone involved and raise further funds and awareness of the charity, which is a very worthwhile cause.
“All that said, there was still an element of friendly competition and our congratulations go to BPS for their success on the day!
“We’re very much looking forward to planning more fundraising events, which will boost the funds and promote the charity even more – and will also give us a chance to be victorious next time.”
The crucial phase of a major development project in Warwick has been given the golden touch.
Warwick School is creating a new £7.5 million school hall on its Myton Road site to replace the Guy Nelson Hall which had served as the central meeting space for the school since the 1960s.
The project, which his set to be completed in time for the next academic year, has reached a crucial phase with the completion of the supporting steel work.
To mark the occasion Chris Ainslie, Campaign Chairman for Warwick School, was asked by contractors Deeley Construction to come and fit the final ‘golden’ bolt.
Chris, who is leading the drive to raise £1.1 million towards the total, said: “It is great watching the new hall take shape. It is a very visible site so the school community as well as local people can see it coming out of the ground.
“We have a concerted campaign underway to help reach our target and it is going very well. We hope that as the building really takes shape that will only increase.
“It was a kind gesture of Deeley to ask me to make a very small contribution to the structure and the finishing of the steelwork is certainly a significant moment – but I can now justifiably claim I helped build the new hall!”
The new hall, designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, will be able to hold all 1,000 pupils in the senior school and will be used for exams, concerts and will feature performing arts studios, exhibition space and improved acoustics.
Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, said: “The build is progressing well and at this stage it is changing on a daily and weekly basis. New changes can be seen each week which is highly rewarding for us.
“The new development will have a big impact on the life of students and staff at Warwick School while providing minimal disruption during construction.
“It is a stunning design and I have no doubt that the completed project will lift the aspirations of everyone that uses it.”
Left to right: Chris Ainslie, Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Malcolm King (Deeley Construction), Gus Lock (Warwick School Head Master).
The Deeley Group, based in Coventry, has been building relationships as well as homes and public and commercial properties for almost 80 years.
The company was formed by bricklayer George Deeley in 1936 and the business, which is still run by George’s son Peter, has gone from strength to strength, now occupying purpose-built premises at the Coventry Business Park in the city.
Its development arm – Deeley Properties – continues to thrive and has helped to regenerate sites across the region, bringing employment, retail, leisure space and homes to all four corners of Coventry and Warwickshire and beyond.
Deeley Construction, the company’s contracting division, continues to carry out work on behalf of a range of clients on a host of projects including at HORIBA-MIRA, Warwickshire College, the University of Warwick, Coventry University and on a series of retail parks for LondonMetric Properties.
But the Deeley Group’s foundations are laid on its commitment to its community and that is part of the thinking behind the decision to become a corporate member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber has the economic wellbeing of Coventry and Warwickshire at its heart,” said Peter Deeley, “and we are fully behind that. Our roots are in this area and we want to support the Chamber every step of the way in bringing further prosperity to the region.
“More than that, we always look to use local suppliers wherever possible and the Chamber network is a great place to meet other businesses in the area. The new corporate membership will also give us a chance to develop new relationships which is something we have prided ourselves on for nearly 80 years.”
He added: “There is a great deal of talk at the moment about the role business plays in society and we have always taken the view that you have to work with the community around you – whether that’s other businesses, groups or individual people.”
To that end, the company is a big supporter of organisations such as the Heart of England Community Foundation, the Grace Research Foundation and Theatre In Education (a programme led by Belgrade Theatre) which supports youngsters in Coventry and Warwickshire to develop through drama.
It’s the sign of a company that wants to play its part in more ways than one.
Pictured (left to right): Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Elizabeth Belhadj (Coventry Chemicals), Louise Bennett, Hazel Pilling (both Chamber), Johanne Thomas (RadioStation Rugby), Edward Hudson (Deeley Group).