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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

Starley Sportive hits the roads in 2018

A Coventry company has joined forces with Coventry Road Club to stage a charity cycle ride and celebrate two of cycling’s greatest innovators.

The Starley Sportive will recognise the contributions of James Starley and John Kemp Starley to the modern bicycle industry and take on place on Sunday, 18 February, 2018.

POSTER – Starley Sportive 2018 – CRC – Deeley Poster

Deeley Group have joined up with Coventry Road Club to hold the event, marking Coventry Road Club’s sixth sportive and following on from the successful Deeley 80 Cycle Ride in September 2016.

All money raised on the day with be donated to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while John Kemp Starley is widely considered the inventor of the modern bicycle – both worked and lived in Coventry.

The day will feature a choice of two routes to ride from Coventry into the Warwickshire Countryside, with one route 59 miles and the other 30 miles.

The sportive will leave from Deeley Group’s headquarters in Coventry at 9am.

Ian Court, of the Coventry Road Club, said: “The Starley Sportive is the perfect opportunity to kick-start your road season in 2018.

“We wanted to recognise the incredible contribution of James and John Kemp Starley, both of whom were of course based in Coventry, and raise funds for a very worthwhile cause in Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

“We’re excited to be working with Deeley Group to put on the sportive and have already received a lot of interest for what should be a brilliant day of cycling.”

Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with Coventry Road Club to stage what should be a great event and I hope to see a lot of familiar faces out on their bikes on the day.

“We have been long standing supporters of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice for many years now, it is a wonderful charity that does some incredible work and we’re very pleased to be able to support them with this event.”

Earlybird tickets for the event cost £10, with the earlybird window open until Sunday, 1 January. Online entry is priced at £12, with the deadline for online entries Sunday, 11 February.

On-the-day entry will cost £15, with complimentary tea, coffee and cake for participants after the ride.

For more information and to register for The Starley Sportive visit http://www.coventryroadclub.org.uk

Countdown to start of Coventry & Warwickshire Businesses Festival

Monday 20th November will see the start of the first, annual Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival fortnight.

In its inaugural year, the Business Festival has already become the largest business event in the region, with a packed programme consisting of 114 events and thousands of attendees expected over the fortnight.

The Festival comprises an amalgamation of business events put on by organisations from across the region, featuring everything from trade shows, conferences and workshops to seminars, debates, showcases and webinars.

There will be plenty going on over the forthcoming fortnight with hundreds of different events being staged all over Coventry & Warwickshire in a wide range of subjects including automotive and advanced manufacturing, education, gaming, digital, cultural, professional and financial services and much more.

Most events are free and anyone can attend.

Peter Deeley, Managing Director – Deeley Group, is leading the Construction Sector for the festival and the Deeley Group will be hosting two events:

Growing our Economy – A presentation by David Penn, Bromwich Hardy – Friday 24th November 2017

Coventry University Development Pipeline – A presentation by Rob Talliss, Coventry University – Friday 1st December 2017

Click on the links above to register your interest in the event. 

Tickets are still available through the website www.cwbusinessfestival.com and must be booked in advance

The Business Festival has been developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and in 2017, the headline partner is the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

For tickets or more information, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com.

With so much on offer, there will certainly be something for everyone. Click to view the full Business Festival programme.

Deeley vans driving home bid message

Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture is building momentum – with businesses in the region helping to drive home the message.

The Deeley Group – the development, construction and property company based in the city – has been on board with bid from day one by hosting events, signing up as 2021 Club members and encouraging others to do so.

The firm is now taking Coventry’s City of Culture message with it across the streets and sites of the region by showing support on its fleet of vans ahead of the final decision in December.

The logo stickers were provided by Moseley Signs and now adorn six of the company’s vehicles that are working on sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider Midlands area.

Edward Hudson, of the Deeley Group, said: “Ever since Coventry announced it would be bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021, we have been firmly behind it.

“We can see the huge benefits it would bring to the city – socially, economically and culturally – and we want to play a part in it. As well as joining as 2021 Club members, we’ve looked to raise awareness of the bid with fellow businesses through events and through publicity.

“We have been using Moseley Signs for our van livery for a number of years. The new stickers look great on the vehicles and we are sure they will attract attention on the streets and sites of the region.”

Nicole Malatesta, Fundraising Officer at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said more than 100 companies had backed the bid.

She said: “The support from businesses in Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider region has been incredible.

“The Deeley Group have played a big part in staging events, in encouraging others to come on board – such as Moseley Signs – and in generating interest in our bid to be UK City of Culture.”

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.

To show your support for Coventry’s bid on social media, go to @Coventry2021 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, log onto www.coventry2021.co.uk

 

Orbit sinks putts for sickle cell disease

Orbit’s staff and partners have raised more than £23,700 in aid of sickle cell disease in their seventh annual charity golf day.

Sponsored in the main by Deeley Construction, Wright Hassall and A C Lloyd, over 180 guests teed off at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club in Leek Wootton, Warwick, raising thousands for Sickle Cell Society. A cheque for £23,727.08 was presented to John Jones, CEO of the charity at Orbit’s Coventry office.

Mark Hoyland, Orbit’s Chief Executive, and George Obeng-Manu, Orbit’s Development Contracts Director and golf day organiser, presented the cheque. Mark said: “I am delighted to present the Sickle Cell Society with this generous donation in our seventh year of holding the event. Over the years we’ve raised around £150,000 for a number of charities and we will continue to do so as part of our commitment to supporting local people and communities.”

Nick Abell, Chairman of Wright Hassall, Alistair Clark, Director at A C Lloyd and Edward Hudson from Deeley Construction also attended the presentation. George added: “I’d like to offer special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year’s event a resounding success.”

The golf day also included a gala dinner, raffle and evening entertainment. All contributions to the raffle were also added to the final donation for the good cause.

Sickle Cell Society is a charity organisation that supports and represents people affected by the blood disorder to improve their overall quality of life.

Last year our popular Midlands charity event raised over £17,000 for the Stroke Association.

Orbit Golf Day - Cheque Handover - 2017 (1)

West Midlands on road to construction jobs and growth

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 home to 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.”

Image: Warwick Hall, the new 1,000 -seat theatre at the centre of the Warwick School campus

References: http://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/england/west-midlands/citb-forecast-infrastructure-sets-west-midlands-on-road-to-construction-jobs-and-growth/