The Deeley Group – which plays a positive role in the community across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands – has formed a partnership with a charity aimed at rebuilding people’s lives.
The property company hosted Betel UK at its headquarters in Coventry and welcomed other key figures from business to hear from the charity that supports people with addiction who find themselves homeless.
The charity, which relies on donations, grants and gifts-in-kind, provides an innovative approach to recovery for those living on the streets as they offer residencies throughout the UK – including one in New Arley, Warwickshire, where they also gain job skills in everything from furniture repair to house removals.
Through this unique approach, they can fund their own recovery by working in the charitable businesses established by Betel.
The Deeley Group is now helping to raise the organisation’s profile to help drive more support.
Timon Robins, of Betel UK, said: “Betel UK provides an innovative approach to recovery for those living on the streets and struggling to overcome addiction.
“Throughout the UK, they have residences where men and women enter and live for free in a family atmosphere where they build meaningful relationships, inspiring hope and self-esteem.
“Betel residents also gain job skills in a variety of areas including furniture repair and restoration, upholstery, house removals and clearances, landscaping and tree surgery, furniture shop sales and catering.
“Using these skills, they help to fund their own recovery by working in the charitable businesses. This significantly reduces the financial burden on their families and the government while restoring dignity and a sense of purpose. The result is that, on leaving Betel, they contribute positively to society and see their families restored.
“The charity receives no government funding and the men and women do not claim benefits while living in their residences. Betel UK relies on funds generated from the charitable businesses, as well as donations, grants and other gifts-in-kind to provide help at no cost to those seeking to change their lives. To date, we have saved UK society over £124 million.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome Betel to our headquarters and to hear the fantastic work that they do.
“We like the ethos behind the charity and the outcomes it achieves and we would urge more companies to support them.”
A new Starbucks drive-thru restaurant is being created on a main road into Birmingham.
Deeley Properties, in partnership with Ziran Land, acquired the site adjoining the Maypole Roundabout earlier this year from a private landowner.
The companies identified a potential use for the land and have agreed terms with Starbucks on a 15 year lease to create a new restaurant.
Holt Commercial, chartered surveyors with offices in Birmingham and Coventry, concluded an investment sale for the completed property to Custodian REIT.
It is being built by Deeley Group’s contractor division, Deeley Construction, and it is anticipated it will be handed over to Starbucks in July.
Pat Moroney, a Director of Deeley Properties, said: “This is a development that shows the agility of the Deeley Group because we can bring several elements to the deal.
“We have been able to put together a package, in partnership with Ziran Land, which is attractive to Starbucks and, subsequently to an investor.
“The fact that Deeley Construction is now building the property shows another arm of the company and it is great to be part of a deal where all of the parties are satisfied with the conclusion.”
David Allen, a Director of Holt Commercial, said: “This is a market that continues to expand and we are pleased to have secured a suitable long term investor for the completed restaurant. We anticipate there will be further deals in this market over the coming months and years as the market matures.”
Wade Commercial acted for Custodian REIT.
There was a double celebration at Kingsmere, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited’s development in Bicester on Friday 18th May as MP, Victoria Prentis handed over the keys to the newly built Community and Youth Centre buildings at Kingsmere Village Centre, to Cherwell District Council.
At the same event, children from St Edburg’s Primary School unveiled two beautiful new public artworks created for the village centre.
Victoria Prentis was on hand last October to mark the start on site of the community centre and youth centre buildings and laid the first brick. It was fitting that she returned to Kingsmere to formally hand over the keys of the buildings on behalf of the developer, Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to the leader of the Cherwell District Council, Councillor Barry Wood.
Victoria commented: “The Community and Youth Centres are important additions to Kingsmere, providing places for residents of all ages to meet, socialise and get to know one another. I have watched with great interest as this development has grown and enjoyed being involved in its progress. North Oxfordshire has several development sites under construction and I look forward to watching them grow in the same way.”
The residents group that has come together to manage these terrific new community facilities were also on hand to mark the occasion and to enjoy a tour of the buildings.”
Councillor Wood said: “I feel confident that these new facilities will serve as a heart to Kingsmere. I know that the Kingsmere Community Centre group have great plans for a range of clubs, activities and events here once fully open. I believe it will provide a popular place for people to come together, meet new friends and neighbours and strengthen the community spirit that will ensure Kingsmere thrives in Bicester.”
Andrew Carrington, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Limited comments: “The handover of these stunning new community facilities marks a further significant marker in the history of Kingsmere. This community hub is just across the road from St Edburg’s school, a school which has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months, since opening. The location is perfect for the school, as well as the residents of Kingsmere and the wider community. I look forward to seeing these buildings come to life!”
Renowned public artist, Suzanne Driscoll, has created two striking pieces of art for Kingsmere. The much-anticipated installations, commissioned by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd, with the support of Cherwell District Council’s arts team, are both situated within the village centre, in the heart of Kingsmere, and provide eye catching landmarks in the village. Suzanne worked closely with the pupils of St Edburg’s Primary School to come up with the creative themes for her artwork.
Suzanne Driscoll comments: “From the start I wanted to create visual treats; artwork that people could step into, walk through and look at from below or from the sides. With these thoughts in mind my design for the pieces gradually immerged. Though tall in stature and made from modern materials, the structures have an intimate feel. The larger piece is positioned as a focal point at the centre of a circular seating area and will act as a meeting place, a relaxing area or a zone for contemplation. It features imagery of the plants that grew on the former farmland at Kingsmere. These wonderfully intertwined designs embrace Kingsmere’s roots and history for the community.
The second piece of artwork is designed to act as a beacon, leading people into the centre. It stands where the pathway leaves the road, providing a visual feature for the entrance. This smaller piece has a layered roof which acts as a shelter, an umbrella or a canopy and standing underneath it and looking up flying skylarks can be spotted.”
Cherwell and the Kingsmere Community Centre Group will be looking to open the community and youth centres to residents and the wider Bicester community later in the year. These facilities will be joined by a convenience store and local shops, a day nursery and community recycling centre now under construction
The thriving village of Kingsmere also includes a new primary school and secondary school due to open next year. Kingsmere is served by excellent transport connections and the development is home to a selection of house styles which have proved hugely popular for a range of home buyers.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit: www.kingsmere-bicester.com
A new £7.5 million dementia specialist care home in Warwick is a step closer, as WCS Care officially marked the start of construction with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The state-of-the-art care home is being built by Deeley Construction and has been designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by Warwick-based architects Robothams. It will replace the former Woodside home on Spinney Hill, which closed for demolition in 2017, as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment.
Residents, staff, and invited guests – including the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross, and Cllr Richard Edgington – gathered to celebrate the turning of the first sod at the site, which will become a deluxe village-style experience for 72 older people and people with dementia.
The new home, which is due to open in the summer of 2019, will include family-scale households for up to seven people, with en-suite showers and toilets for everyone.
There will also be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, shop, café, and fully-staffed, traditional launderette, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.
The new home will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive, including circadian rhythm lighting and night-time acoustic monitoring to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
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: “The excitement is building as construction work begins on our inspirational new home in Warwick, which will feature many of the ideas and approaches that have already had a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our other homes.
“Driven by our ambition to make every day well lived for residents, we’re creating a home that will push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, while – at the same time – providing a homely, family environment, supported by high quality care around the clock.”
The name of the new home in Warwick, built with support from a £5.9 million funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland, will be revealed in the coming months.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to get work underway on what is an exciting and much-needed development.
“Once again, it’s another example of how Deeley work in partnership with other companies and organisations to bring about important projects for the local community.”
Pictured (left to right): Paresh Parekh, WCS Care’s Director of Finance; Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland; Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross; Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive; Cllr Richard Edgington; Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction; and Jo Barnett, WCS Care hostess at Castle Brook (and former Woodside staff)
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)
A Coventry-based construction company has showcased its commitment to developing young people by joining an industry led initiative.
Deeley Construction has joined The 5% Club, which focuses on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 275 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.
Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.
Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.
Deeley Construction has a long-held tradition of growing its own workforce with almost 20 per cent of the company’s staff coming through the firm as an apprentice.
It is a proud record that includes managing director Martin Gallagher, who welcomed three new apprentices to the company in the past year.
Martin said: “The skills shortage in construction is one of the biggest issues facing our industry but here at Deeley Construction we have always seen apprenticeships as a great route to growing our own and the industry’s future workforce.
“I know only too well the benefits of being an apprentice having started my career as one. It gave me the opportunity to work my way up through the business to the point where I am now able to give others the same chance I had.
“It’s great that our new apprentices want to develop a career in construction and also highlights that there are many roles in our sector from being out on-site through to being based in the office.”
Deeley Construction currently supports three management trainees. Two other staff members are undertaking work sponsored learning programmes which accounts for nine per cent of the total workforce.
The company also offers one and two week placements to students from local schools and colleges – giving students a valuable insight into the construction industry.
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Deeley Construction into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.
“All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”
To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.