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Affordable homes development in Leamington hits new heights

A development of much-needed affordable homes in Leamington has hit a high-point.

Deeley Construction, which is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and Warwick District Council, held a topping out ceremony at the new scheme on the site off Quarry Street and Old Milverton Road.

The regeneration of this brownfield site, a former Dairy Crest premises, consists of 18 new affordable homes, and the ceremony marked the fact that the highest point in the scheme has been reached.

The existing buildings were demolished earlier this year and the new affordable homes – four of which will be available to rent and 14 will be sold as shared ownership aimed at the local community – are under construction.

Deeley Construction, part of the Deeley Group, is carrying out the work on the nine two-bedroom and nine three-bedroom affordable properties, with the first homes expected to be ready by autumn 2018.

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “The topping out ceremony is an important milestone in the housing development here at Old Milverton Road.

“Work has progressed very well, thanks to the strength of the partnership between Deeley, Waterloo Housing Group, Warwick District Council and the local community.

“There’s no doubt that the local community is crying out for more affordable homes and we are delighted to have reached this stage in the development which means we are one step closer to providing more affordable homes in Leamington.”

Anthony Riley, of Waterloo Housing Group, added: “This is one of a series of schemes that we are developing under the “W2 Partnership” with Warwick DC and Homes England on brownfield sites in the town.

“By working with a local developer such as Deeley Group we are managing to build affordable homes to help families unable to buy on the open-market or rent privately.”

Pictured: Steve Turner (Deeley), Anthony Riley (Waterloo), Neil Adie (Waterloo), Pat Moroney (Deeley).

Design inspiration at new development in Leamington

It’s a case of design inspiration at a new development in Leamington that is seeing the creation of a new church and affordable homes.

Lillington Free Church building, which was built on Cubbington Road in 1966, has been demolished to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art place of worship as well as 25 shared ownership homes, including six apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom houses.

The work on the scheme – which has now reached its highest point – is being carried out by Deeley Construction in partnership with the church and Orbit.

Once the new church, which will include a new PA system and solar panels on the roof, has been completed, the nearby church hall – constructed in the 1950s – will be demolished and a range of community activities will be staged in the new building.

It will also create space for some of the homes which are included in the plans for the site.

The official opening of the new church building is scheduled for March 9, 2019, and the Reverend James Church said the work was positive news for parishioners and the local community.

He said: “We’ve had support from local politicians and the local community as this is going to bring a new facility as well as much-needed affordable homes to the area.

“The previous building was in need of a great deal of work to make it fit for modern purposes and, in the end, it made more sense to knock it down and start again.

“The new church will have a kitchen, toilets and meeting rooms all under one roof when, previously, we had to use the old church hall for those purposes.

“It has been a great partnership between the church, Deeley and Orbit and we are excited to see it all coming together.”

Lillington Free Church will hold its final Macmillan Coffee Morning in the community building on Saturday, September 1, ahead of the demolition of the building next year with all local people welcome.

Andy Bodily, Contracts Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “This scheme shows what can be done with some creative thinking and a strong partnership, which is exactly what we have here.

“It means the site will now offer a much more modern church hall for worshippers and community events as well as much-needed new homes for the community.”

Pictured (left to right): James Church, Linda Mingaye (church elder), Linda Nason (church elder), Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction contracts manager), Bob Hodgkiss (Deeley Construction site manager)

Partnership praised as new development delivered

A development of over 140 affordable, family homes in Leamington has reached completion.

Known as Union Park, the £29 million development of 147 homes sits on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham. The names of classic Ford cars now mark the streets in and around the neighbourhood paying respect to the rich heritage of the site.

Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, welcomed the addition of new, affordable homes alongside housing group and developer Orbit and partners, Deeley Construction.

He said: “I would like to thank Orbit, Deeley Construction and Warwick District Council for working together to create this fantastic development. It is important to recognise the contribution Orbit has made to the local area with the Union Park development. I visited the site some months ago and I am deeply impressed with the high environmental and construction standards of these homes.

“As the former County Councillor for the area and now as the MP, I have long campaigned for more social and affordable housing so it is excellent to see this development contributing towards combating the housing crisis.”

Offering canal-side living, Union Park has brought 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent. Following high demand, all properties have now been sold or rented – just 18 months after building began.

John Carleton, group property investment director at Orbit, said: “A successful regeneration, Union Park offers affordable, family living in an enviable location. From a family business, to what is quickly becoming a thriving community, we’re proud to add Union Park to our expanding development portfolio across the district.”

The development, delivered in partnership with Coventry-based Deeley Construction, offers a selection of two and three bedroom houses as well as one and two bedroom apartments.

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “It was lovely to see a sense of community already developing – with children heading off to school and people going out to work – and it reminds you that developments such as this are about more than bricks and mortar, but creating homes for people.

“Our role in the partnership to deliver Union Park was highlighted on the day and we are thrilled with the part we have played in bringing this scheme forward from start to finish.”

Orbit delivered over 2,000 new homes in the last financial year. Over the next 10 years the housing group has plans to build a further 20,000 new homes across the midlands, south and east of the country, contributing to the UK’s housing growth.

A special thanks to the following people for making the event a great success, bringing to life its rich heritage:

Mr Richard Soans – Ford Model A

Mr Michael Dye – Ford Corsair

Mr Adam Fox – Ford Granada

Mr Joseph Marcello – Ford Anglia

Mr Sid Shaw – Ford Orion

The Allen Ford Dealership, Leamington Spa – Ford Mustang

Pictured (left to right): John Carleton, Martin Gallagher, Matt Western MP

Home building milestone reached

A Midlands property company has broken through 500 homes mark over the past four years and is on course to deliver hundreds more properties before the end of the decade.

The Deeley Group, based in Coventry, has delivered 552 units across Warwickshire since it worked with Bromford Housing on a development in Arley, North Warwickshire, in 2014.

Through its offering as both a developer, Deeley Properties, and a main contractor, Deeley Construction, it has worked in partnership with a range of housing groups and associations on projects valued at close to £75million.

The biggest scheme was 179 units for Orbit Homes at Queensway Court in Leamington – part of a major regeneration scheme – and Deeley has worked with the company on three further projects since 2015.

The group has a further 290 units lined-up between now and 2020 including in Southam, Warwick, Leamington and Coventry.

In addition, there are potentially 92 more homes across the region that are currently going through planning, while the company has secured a place on Homes England DPP3 framework and also the WM Housing Framework.

Pat Moroney, director of Deeley Properties, said: “It’s been a very positive few years for the Deeley Group and reflects our ability to deliver new homes schemes in partnership with housing groups and land owners.

“Our work, with those companies, has helped to deliver well over 500 new homes for communities in our area and will be pushing 1,000 should we be successful in achieving planning in some new schemes we have in the pipeline.

“As an SME contractor and developer, we have the agility and integrity to offer our clients an end-to-end and personal service that helps them to deliver high-quality, affordable living homes.

“We can secure the land, work with them on permissions and site preparation and then, through Deeley Construction, actually build the homes too.

“We are looking forward to the future with great confidence as we prepare to deliver even more homes for our region in partnership with our clients.”

Affordable housing scheme underway in Warwickshire

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)

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