A leading figure in construction in the Midlands has been selected to represent the industry in the region after taking on a new role.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Coventry-based Deeley Construction – part of Deeley Group – became the new Midlands regional chair of the National Federation of Builders (NFB).
Martin joined Deeley Group straight out of school and has been with the company for 30 years. During that time, he has risen through the ranks and became managing director of Deeley Construction in 2009.
The NFB is one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies and represents builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales, with members ranging from the sole trader to large, multi-million pound construction companies.
It provides expert advice, training, representation and other business services for members to ensuring they comply with industry standards and support their growth.
Martin said: “It is a great pleasure and honour to be taking on this new role and I look forward to representing the construction industry in the Midlands. During my time in post, I will work hard towards addressing the skills shortage and promoting careers in the construction industry across the Midlands.
“Deeley is a proud member of the NFB and believe that the industry should work in partnership together to drive improvements and speak as one voice.
“Deeley Construction works right across the board when it comes to the contracts we deliver for clients so I do see many different aspects or the industry, which means I have a broad knowledge of the whole sector.”
Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said: “Martin brings a wealth of experience and expertise which he has gained over the course of his career and we wish Martin all the best as he represents us in the Midlands as our new regional chair.”
Construction work has begun on a £12m luxury care home that will create more than 100 jobs in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
Kingsley Healthcare Group is developing the 66-bedroom nursing home, scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.
Kingsley CEO Daya Thayan said: “We are proud to have partnered for the first time with Deeley Construction in building this state-of-the-art home in our 20th anniversary year. We look forward to continuing the partnership on future projects.
“As well as setting the standard for elderly care we are passionate about making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate.
“This home will generate well-paid jobs from senior managers and nurses to chefs, support workers, maintenance and housekeepers.”
Muj Malik, chief investment officer for Suffolk-based Kingsley, said: “The Brackley project is part of our Vision 2025 to expand further across the country and build next generation luxury care homes.”
The home in Turweston Road will have modern en-suite bedrooms and generous and comfortable living space.
Luxury features will include a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and a conservatory.
Outside, there will be extensive gardens with beautiful landscape architecture, including a water feature.
Kingsley’s investment analyst Leslie Amanquah said: “The comfort and needs of residents are at the heart of our design. For example we have ensured that nurse stations and staff areas do not encroach on the living space of residents.”
Ian Jarvis, Kingsley’s chief financial officer, said: “The Brackley project fits into our ambitious strategy to double in size over the next five years. We are planning to roll out two or three new-builds every year.”
Steve Turner, construction director for the Deeley Group, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kingsley Healthcare on this project which will bring much needed residential accommodation for older people in Northamptonshire, as well as some outstanding on-site facilities for residents.”
Picture caption: Left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), Muj Malik (Kingsley Healthcare), Matt Ellis (Deeley Construction), Nick Elliott (Elliott Associates), James Turnbull (Elliott Associates), Leslie Amanquah (Kingsley Healthcare) and Gerry Pounder (GPA Limited)
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry has received a fundraising boost thanks to the success of a charity bike ride which was the first event of the European City of Sport year.
Participants in the 2019 Starley Sportive raised over £13,000 for the Ash Green-based hospice and the funds have now been handed over to support its operations.
The sell-out event had 500 cyclists taking to the roads to raise money for the charity, which has been providing specialist care to children with life-limiting conditions in Coventry since 2011.
The money raised is enough to provide one-on-one care for three children at the hospice for one week.
This year’s event, organised by Coventry Road Club and supported by property company Deeley Group, saw money raised for a wide range of charities, with Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice chosen as the official charity for the day.
Riders, who set off from the headquarters of Deeley Group on Coventry Business Park took on one of three courses – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or an epic 86.5 mile challenge.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “A great deal of work went into the planning and organisation of the event by Coventry Road Club and we were happy to support them. On top of that there was all the exertions of the cyclist – so it is great to see that such a fantastic amount was raised.”
The Starley Sportive – named after modern bicycle pioneers James and John Kemp Starley – was one of the first mass participation events celebrating the city’s 12 months as European City of Sport.
The race was started by Lord Mayor Councillor John Blundell and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Vic Minnett.
Marc Dwyer, from Zoë’s Place, said: “This was a great all-round effort and we are really grateful to the Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group and all the cyclists who took part. It is a great community event and the funds raised will go to fund the vital work we undertake.”
Ian Court, Race Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said: “This is an event that can grow each year, our goal this year was to increase participation to 500 riders and it’s amazing that we hit this.
“We are sorry some people missed out due to the event selling out but we are already making plans to be able to cater for more next year.
“This was an event for all in every sense. We had riders of various experience taking to a bike to help a good cause and they have certainly done that.
“Zoë’s Place does some fabulous work and hopefully this will help that continue.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Left to right: ront – Edward Hudson (Deeley Group), Debra Lacey (Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice) and Ian Court (Coventry Road Club). Back – Kerri Price and Tracy Sutheran (Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice).
Work is underway on the next stage in the development of Maybrook Retail Park in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Deeley Construction has started work on the fit-out scheme of the new Lidl store at the retail park which is located one mile from Stratford’s town centre.
The firm tendered directly to the supermarket giant to secure the £1 million project and completion of the fit-out of the 21,965 sq. ft. unit is targeted for May this year.
The project comes following the Deeley Construction’s completion of an extension to Unit 1 of the existing retail building development.
Work began on the £2.4 million extension and refurbishment project on behalf of BMW (UK) Trustees Limited in June 2018 and was completed in February.
It incorporated over cladding of the large steel frame unit, new shop frontages and entrances to Units 2 and 3 at the retail park.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to have secured the project to fit-out the new Lidl store at Maybrook Retail Park and continue our development of the site.
“To have won this contract is testament to the fantastic work our team did on site in completing the initial extension.
“It is very pleasing to be working with Lidl, a major supermarket chain, on this project.”
The Deeley Group is to raise and distribute money for local good causes as part of a new charity initiative
The construction and property development firm which has been based in the city for more than 80 years – has established a charity which will see its 70 employees raise money throughout the year.
Any monies raised will be distributed to charities and good causes, nominated by employees, across the city and county with the focus on smaller organisations.
As well as collecting money raised by staff, The Deeley Group Charity will also organise standalone events to go into the charity pot.
Ian Clorley, a trustee of the Deeley Group Charity, said: “The Deeley Group has been renowned for its support of local charities, but this is a way in which all staff can get involved.
“It means that not only will they get to play a full part in the fund raising but we will also be asking for suggestions of charities and good causes we can work for and raise money for.
“We have already had some really good suggestions and are now getting to plan what we will be doing in 2019.”
Group managing director Peter Deeley, whose father started the firm, said the initiative had been driven by staff.
He said: “Although we operate across the UK, our heart is very much here in Coventry and Warwickshire, and we are very much a part of the local community.
“Over the years we have helped many local causes, and the formation of our own charity will allow that continue and give our team and chance to shape how much we raise and where the funds go to.”
Around 500 cyclists achieved a hat-trick of aims as the city’s Starley Sportive helped raise around £13,000 for charity.
The sportive – named after the Coventry men who invented the modern bicycle – was one of the first mass participation events celebrating the city’s 12 months as European City of Sport.
Riders, who set off from the headquarters of Coventry firm Deeley Group on Coventry Business Park took on one of three courses – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or an epic 86.5 mile challenge – in the event’s biggest ever field.
This year riders who took part in the event, which was organised Coventry Road Club, and supported by property company Deeley Group, raised money for a wide range of charities but Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice was the official charity for the day.
Ian Court, Race Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said the event had been a real celebration of the reasons why Coventry was European City of Sport.
“This was a mass participation event in every sense. We had some very good riders who did the longest course, while others just wanted to on a bike to help a good cause,” he said.
“It allowed riders to blow away those winter cobwebs, raise money for charity and also celebrated will be a memorable year for the city.”
This year’s event had been expanded to 500 and there was a waiting list, while some commemorative kit which was produced for the club had sold out.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “The day could not have gone better. The weather was really kind to the riders, we had great help from a huge number of volunteers and everyone came back with smiles on their faces and gave great feedback from the event.
“This year is also Coventry’s Year of Wellbeing, and the event underlined just how important exercise is in helping people say fit physically and mentally.
“There was a real energy on the day and very much a sense of collective achievement.”
The race was stared by Lord Mayor Councillor John Blundell and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Vic Minnett.
Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, was also there to see the riders on their way.
He said: “Cycling has so many benefits from a physical and mental point of view, and obviously it is a very green form of transport. The Starley Sportive is a great event and I was delighted that it sold out in our year as City of Sport. It really was inspiring to see so many people making such an effort for so many good causes.”
A Leamington development has been recognised with a double nomination at a prestigious industry awards.
Union Park has been shortlisted in the Regeneration and Residential categories at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2019 for the West Midlands.
The £29 million development comprises of 147 affordable homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham – developed by Deeley Group on behalf of Orbit Homes.
The shortlist recognises the 25 of the region’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects – with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, May 8.
Regional winners will then go on to the RICS Awards Grand Final in November, as the overall UK winner in each category is decided.
All regional winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Fordham House – also built by Deeley – has also been nominated in the Residential category.
The project comprises 82 high-quality apartments and was developed by Orbit Homes in partnership with Deeley Construction and ABD Developments.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is fantastic news to have projects shortlisted in not one, but two categories at these prestigious industry awards.
“The RICS Awards are a wonderful showcase of projects across the West Midlands and the strength of industry in the region is reflected in the projects shortlisted.
“Being shortlisted highlights the success of the project at Union Park and it would be a great honour to pick up an award in either category on the night.”
Bryony Martin, Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands judging panel, Director of Cost Management at AECOM said: “This years’ shortlisted projects have made real impact on local communities: attracting more visitors and inward investment, providing much needed housing or delivering vital services and infrastructure.
“The RICS Awards celebrate these successes as well as the talent and collaborative working of the teams behind them – delivering energy efficient and environmentally friendly projects, on time and to budget.”
The 2nd Wallingford Scout Group has received a boost from Deeley Construction to help with future fundraising activities.
Deeley Construction has donated a barbecue, new sign and arranged for a free skip to help the scout group’s clear out of its storage hut.
The Coventry company has recently built the new Lidl store in the town which will open at the end of January.
2nd Wallingford Scout Group has more than 120 members – boys and girls – across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who are supported by more that 30 Leaders, Young Leaders and Trustees.
The new sign has now been placed on the front of the group’s main scout hut, while the donated barbecue will be the centrepiece of fundraising events throughout the year.
Helen Liddar, Group Scout Leader of the 2nd Wallingford Scout Group, said: “It was a completely unexpected donation and we would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group for the very generous gifts.
“The skip was actually really vital for us. We have two huts, but one is primarily used for storage. Having the skip available helped us to clear-out and re-organise our storage areas which helps support our amazing adult leaders to deliver camps and other fun activities for our young people.
“Our Scouts and Leaders regularly organise fundraisers to support their trips, expeditions and adventures. The new barbecue will support a wide range of fundraising events, as scouts look to raise crucial funds to support their adventures.”
The free skip was supplied by Aylesbury-based waste management service business Bucks Recycling.
Tricia Murray, Managing Director at Bucks Recycling, said: “Bucks Recycling has provided a waste management service for the Deeley Group for many years so when they asked for our help, we were very happy to donate.
“Our Operations Manager is a Scout Leader and devotes much of his spare time to taking scouts on field trips and great learning adventures.
“He believes that being a Scout teaches life skills and develops confidence in a way that schools are not equipped to do due to the constraints of the national curriculum.
“We are proud to be able to assist with this admirable project which will open opportunities to young boys and girls for learning and fun in a safe environment.”
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, added: “The scout group is only a 10 minute walk from the new Lidl store and is an important project in the local community.
“We hope that this donation will allow the scout group to continue to grow and support the development of young people in Wallingford, continuing to be a key part of their lives.”