A historic boarding school has appointed a construction company to carry out the next phase of its multi-million pound refurbishment project.
Bromsgrove School, which was founded in 1553, has more than 1,600 pupils aged between three and 18, making it one of the largest independent schools in the country.
The school has over 540 boarders from age seven and will invest £3.6m for the refurbishment of Elmshurst House – a house for over 90 boys aged 13–18 – and as the final part of the project in July 2019 the school will also extend the car parking provision.
Over the summer, Deeley Construction, a Coventry-based company, completed phase one with the re-emergence of a brand new common room, associated communal areas and Houseparent’s study.
Lesley Brookes, Bursar at Bromsgrove School, said: “We are delighted with the results of phase one and the work that Deeley has completed.
“The boys and house staff are all thrilled with their new communal areas and are looking forward to moving into their en-suite bedrooms.
“This is a substantial and complicated project for the school so we have been very pleased with the Deeley Construction team who have done everything possible to reduce the disruption.
“We are all now excited to see the completion of the project next summer.”
In the last ISI inspection Bromsgrove School was rated Excellent in every single category and this summer once again saw pupils at the school achieving outstanding academic results.
Boys move into their new en-suite bedrooms in the next few weeks as Deeley Construction continues to work in a phased approach ensuring that the disruption for the boys and house staff is kept to a minimum.
Chris Newman, project manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to carry out this work with minimum disruption, which is, of course, a major priority for us and the school.
“We are very pleased to being play such a big part in the future of such a historic and respected school and we are sure that everyone is going to love the finished house.
“We are looking forward to completing the rest of the project and letting staff and pupils see the culmination of this planning and hard work.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Sean Clarke (Mace), Chris Newman (Deeley Construction), Matt Lynch(Deeley Construction), Andrew Haines (Robothams), Lesley Brookes (Bromsgrove School)
A Coventry company swapped builder’s tea for charity coffee at its Macmillan Coffee Morning.
The Deeley Group held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at its Coventry Business Park headquarters which was attended by local businesses, and raised £368.
The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning was organised in 1990 and since then the annual event has seen over £200 million raised for people living with cancer.
Edward Hudson, business development manager at The Deeley Group, said: “It was really wonderful to see so many people from local businesses coming together for our coffee morning.
“The Macmillan Coffee Morning is so important in terms of raising money for a worthwhile cause whilst also bringing the local community together to enjoy tasty cakes and a cup of coffee.”
A Midlands-based property group has made two strategic appointments as it plans for significant growth.
The Deeley Group, which is based at the Coventry Business Park, has drafted in Anthony Holt as the company’s new Group Development Director and Jane Fradgley as Senior Development Manager.
It marks a step-change in the company’s ambitions to grow its Construction, Homes, Development and Investment divisions as well as introducing a new Affordable Living division where it works in partnership with social housing companies.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Anthony Holt and Jane Fradgley to the Group as two very senior appointments. It’s part of our plan to grow the Group over the coming years.
“The Deeley Group has a very strong reputation across the region as a company that people want to do business with and wants to work in partnership with because of our integrity and agility in delivering projects that bring lasting benefits to their communities.
“Our aim, now, is to build on that and invest in our future growth.
“Our individual divisions will work even closer together on projects, which will enhance how we operate as a company on developments of all sizes and all types as well as bringing added value to the work we do.
“We believe there is a fantastic opportunity for the business to grow even further and that these are exciting times for our region.”
Anthony has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry in the Midlands taking in land purchase, the planning process, development, sales and leading multi-disciplined teams.
He said: “I am delighted to join the Deeley Group at such an exciting time for the business. I have been involved with sourcing, obtaining planning and developing out residential development and mixed use opportunities in the Midlands for over 25 years.
“I worked at Crosby Homes, part of the Berkeley Group, when they first ventured into city centre living in the Midlands, developing out schemes including Symphony Court in Birmingham.
“I went on to work with other housing developers in the retirement and open market sectors. Latterly, I was the Regional Development Director for Orbit Homes in the Midlands, overseeing land, build and sales for the region.
“I believe that experience can help support the growth ambitions of the Deeley Group.”
Jane has joined from Orbit Homes and has 20 years of experience in property.
She said: “This is a great time to join the company as it looks to grow at a fast pace.
“I started working with a housing association on the management side but quickly moved into housing development where I have stayed, and have since gained an MBA which I studied for while working full time.
“To date, I have worked mainly for housing associations, both local and national, although I also worked for a consultancy firm for a period, which involved many major plc developers.
“Throughout my career, I’ve delivered various complex schemes that have required working with a range of parties to help bring developments forward and I believe that will help me in this exciting new role.”
Pictured (left to right): Pat Moroney, Martin Gallagher, Anthony Holt, Jane Fradgley, Peter Deeley, Peter Hartill
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.
“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).
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.
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.
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)
WCS Care’s revealed the name of its inspirational new £7.5 million care home in Warwick, which will replace its former Woodside home on Spinney Hill.
‘Woodside Care Village’ will become a deluxe village-style experience for 72 residents including older people and people living with dementia. It will feature family-scale households for six or seven people with ensuite bedrooms for everyone, when it opens in Autumn 2019.
There will be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, and café, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two, complete with a cycle track – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.
The state-of-the-art home has been designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by local architects Robothams and will encourage people to spend more time outdoors, which has benefits to health and wellbeing, swapping internal corridors for external walkways. It will also feature a shop and traditional launderette, which will be accessed by an open-air courtyard and gardens.
Built by Coventry-based Deeley Construction, ‘Woodside Care Village’ will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive.
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: ‘Woodside Care Village will feature technology and approaches that push the boundaries of innovation and creativity in care, inspired by transformational design at a pioneering care village we visited in the Netherlands and our own experiences.
‘As with every WCS Care home, our focus in Warwick will be on delivering high quality care, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for people to try new things and enjoy what they’ve always done; something that’s at the heart of our ambition to make every day well lived for residents.
‘The home’s new name reflects the next chapter in our story at Spinney Hill but also acknowledges the history of Woodside and the part it has played – and will continue to play – in the community for over half a century, and we can’t wait to open our doors later next year.’