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
The public and private sector in Nuneaton have been urged to work together to identify and deliver new healthcare facilities, support social care and reinvigorate the town centre.
A meeting of civic leaders from across local government, health and the private sector came together last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Nuneaton in the years ahead.
Marcus Jones MP, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council, the NHS and private sector developers were brought together at an event hosted by Arden Estate Partnerships and Deeley Group.
Marcus Jones MP, who delivered a speech at the event, said: “In order to thrive, any town centre needs to evolve and adapt to respond to wider changes in the economy and society. We need to work together to ensure the town centre is something we can all be proud of in the future.
“This includes the provision of health and social care, which will need to be considered as an integrated part of the regeneration of the town centre. The challenge is ensuring that as we move forward with some of the exciting plans for Nuneaton we also deliver the infrastructure to go alongside it, working with public and private sector partners to make it happen.”
Nuneaton is set to benefit from significant regeneration in the coming years, particularly in the town centre. Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Local Plan is due to be agreed in the coming months and when in place will provide a framework for the growth of Nuneaton until 2031, including housing, retail and employment.
The value of public-private partnerships was emphasised as key to delivering Nuneaton’s Local Plan, and as a way of maximising the opportunities in the town.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “Nuneaton is a place that has always been open to adaptation and evolution but that doesn’t happen without everyone working together to achieve a common goal. There are some fantastic examples of joint working already across Coventry and Warwickshire and we want to ensure Nuneaton benefits from the same positive relationship with the private sector.
“There are such fantastic opportunities in Nuneaton, the rail station being just one example, and it is important that we make the most of these or risk losing them altogether. Regeneration is a complex process and needs input from investors and developers as well as local authorities. We look forward to continuing to talk with the council to help deliver their aims in the town centre.”
The event, which was held in the Eliot Park Innovation Centre overlooking George Eliot Hospital, was organised to complement a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which is currently being undertaken by Warwickshire County Council. The results of the Assessment, which look at current healthcare provision, challenges and changing demand, are due to be published in October and will help define the priorities of the NHS in Nuneaton in the years ahead.
Nikki Hopkins, General Manager at Arden Estate Partnerships, said: “Based on all the data we have access to, Nuneaton is quite an unhealthy town in the context of Warwickshire as a whole. For example, Nuneaton has the highest number of emergency admissions in the county. When combined with the ageing population, it’s important we consider what type of healthcare we will need in the future and how we are going to deliver that.
“We can draw from our local experience in developing the City of Coventry Health Centre, which brings together GPs, and a whole range of services including outpatients, a walk-in centre and dentistry as well as a Pharmacy and a Café run by the Royal Voluntary Service.
“Bringing together local authorities, the NHS and the private sector has enabled us to start having a joined-up conversation about what Nuneaton will look like in ten years, where GP surgeries will be located, what services they might provide and how health will serve the community as it evolves. This is just the start of the process, but we are incredibly pleased at the enthusiasm and ideas that have already started to emerge.”
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.’
Buckingham MP John Bercow has helped herald a hat-trick of investments which has seen a new commercial development call full house.
AC Lloyd and development manager Minns Network has developed three industrial units totalling 70,000 sq ft approx. (6,500 sq m) at Kites Park in Princes Risborough – and all three have been snapped up.
Two companies – the iLECSYS Group and Curtains & Linens – have moved into the area to take up space while All Bar Products is expanding into a new unit on the development off Summerleys Road.
iLECSYS, which employs around 50 staff and works in the industrial controls sector, has already relocated from Tring into a 39,000 sq ft manufacturing complex, while the other two units are due for completion later in the summer.
Curtains & Linens, which was founded 10 years ago in Hounslow, is taking 26,000 sq ft, while All Bar Products, is expanding from its unit on an adjacent estate, into 5,000 sq ft.
Bercow was given a tour of iLECSYS and the construction site as part of a visit to see the level of investment.
He said: “It is great to see three owner-managed businesses – in three three very different sectors – expanding their operations here in Princes Risborough.
“All the firms are trading successfully and it is vital that we can offer suitable sites both for expanding local companies who want to stay in the area and retain their workforce while growing their operation, as well as for companies looking to invest into the area.
“The success of this site proves that we have an area in which people want to work and I welcome the investment and the new posts which will be created as part of the development of the site.”
Des Wynne, of AC Lloyd, said the development – which is being built by Deeley Construction – is a valuable addition to the local economy.
“Princes Risborough is a thriving location, with significant expansion and improved road and rail links proposed for the town within the emerging Wycombe Local Plan. Occupier demand has proved to be particularly strong here, which reflects well on the area on several levels – location, environment and the workforce,” he said.
“The units will allow the companies to realise their growth plans and hopefully continue to employ more people. All three companies are purchasing their units which will help cement their futures here in Princes Risborough.
“The development has gone very well. The local planning authority – Wycombe District Council – was very supportive and it was good to be able to speak directly with the local MP to pass on our experiences of developing and creating jobs in his constituency.”
Picture caption: Left to right – Graham Hill (Deeley Construction), Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), John Bercow, Des Wynne (AC Lloyd), Kevn Minns (Minns Development).