A senior Midlands property figure has taken up a new role – and will ensure a respected name lives on.
Eleanor Deeley, formerly a partner at Cushman & Wakefield who headed the Midlands residential team, has been appointed as the deputy managing director of the Deeley Group, a firm started by her grandfather in 1936.
Eleanor has 20 years’ experience in the property industry, including a nine-year spell at director level at CBRE, and has expertise in housing, mixed-use schemes and land development and investment across a range of property sectors.
Her new role will see her guiding the day-to-day operations of the £50 million turnover firm which includes construction, development and housing, as well as developing a longer-term strategy for the company which is based in Coventry.
She said: “I am really excited at the prospect of joining the Deeley Group as it is a company which has played a massive part in my life.
“I can remember going into the offices as a child, so to be going back there as a director having worked for two decades in the property industry is a great opportunity.
“I have seen the company go from strength to strength from very close at hand over decades, but to now be given the chance to help guide its fortunes is a massive privilege.
“My grandfather might have started the company before World War II, but the ethos of developing sustainably and responsibly while always adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards have remained true through the intervening years.”
The Deeley Group has developed across the UK and internationally under current managing director Peter Deeley, and has been behind some key developments including the 40-year regeneration of Bermuda in Nuneaton, Belgrade Plaza in Coventry and a whole range of housing and industrial developments throughout the region.
Peter Hartill, chairman of the Deeley Group, said: “This is a very exciting appointment for the company. Eleanor is a massively respected figure in the industry, having held very senior positions at leading international companies but working extensively across this region.
“So to attract someone of that experience and calibre who also has an intimate knowledge of the company, its activities as well as everything it stands for in terms of ethos and community, is fantastic for the business.
“She literally grew up in the Deeley Group and that makes her unique.”
A new £3.9 million development of affordable homes, which will serve the community in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, is underway.
The Deeley Group, in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group, Rugby Borough Council and Homes England, is creating 21 affordable homes on a brownfield site in the village.
The development, which is situated off High Street in Ryton, was formerly a coal yard but will now be put to use as vital new homes.
The properties will be a mix of two and three-bedroom units with some available under shared ownership while others will be offered on an affordable rent basis.
Deeley Construction has started working on site and the development is set for practical completion in spring 2020, with the homes themselves constructed using an off-site manufactured timber-frame system.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are very pleased to be working with such great partners in delivering much-needed affordable homes for the area.
“We are bringing into use a brownfield site and giving it new purpose as homes for the local community. It is a great example of how we can identify a site, work with partners to develop a scheme that’s right for the area, and then, through our construction division, deliver the development.
“This is an area of the market we know very well, having created several schemes of affordable homes over recent years, and we know just what it means to the people who will build their lives in these homes.”
Neil Adie, Development Director (East) for Waterloo Housing Group, said: “Waterloo Housing Group is pleased to be working in partnership with Rugby Borough Council, Homes England and Deeley Group to provide much need affordable rented housing for local people and to help others into home ownership through the shared ownership initiative.”
Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “Working with our partners, we aim to increase both the number and choice of properties available in the borough while supporting sustainable development.
“The development of the Old Coal Yard in Ryton-on-Dunsmore supports this vision, bringing a brownfield site back into use by building a range of affordable new homes for rent and shared ownership.”
Pictured: Andy Bodily (Deeley Construction Contracts Manager), Beth Carss (Waterloo Housing Group Project Manager), Judith Wise (Waterloo Housing Group Area Development Manager), Eamonn Gorman (Deeley Construction Site Manager).
An award-winning Midlands construction and development group has strengthened its board with two appointments.
Steve Turner and Steve Jones – who both work for the construction division of the Coventry-based Deeley Group – have been appointed to the main group board of directors.
Turner joined the company 29 years ago as a trainee surveyor straight from school and has progressed through the ranks to become Construction Director.
Jones, who joined the Deeley Group in 2010 from Chase Norton, is currently Estimating Director.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said the appointments reflected the importance of construction in the overall business, as well as the achievements of the two members of staff.
“Construction is a major component of the Deeley Group offer and we only see that expanding in the months and years to come, so it is important that plays a major part in the future growth of the group,” he said.
“It also proves that we are a company that likes to foster, develop and promote our internal talent. Steve Turner, for example, joined as a Junior Trainee Surveyor and completed a construction degree at DeMontfort University Leicester through day release. He has won promotions and became our Construction Director in 2010.
“The two appointments reflect the commitment and talent the two Steves have consistently shown in their time at the Deeley Group.”
The Deeley Group was established in 1936 and specialises in construction, property development and home building and development in the private and affordable homes markets.
Pictured, left to right: Deeley Group board directors Martin Gallagher, Peter Deeley, Steve Jones, Steve Turner, Peter Hartill, Andrew Cann.
Deeley Properties’ investment portfolio continues to see great success.
Deeley Properties acquired a 20,000 sq. ft. industrial warehouse on an established estate in Dudley in 2016. The property was then let to ERIKS with two years remaining on its lease.
Deeley identified the opportunity to refurbish and re-let or sell the building, whilst receiving a return on cost of 8.5% until the end of the lease.
Earlier this year the property on Crackley Way was sold to Pipework Engineering Services securing a significant return for the company.
The investment at Harwell Science & Technology Campus in Oxfordshire continues to show a good return. Nuva is the current tenant at the property and Andrew Brazier, development consultant, secured an increase of over 30% in rent.
Andrew said: “The property at Harwell remains part of our core portfolio as an investment in a growing science park and we hope that following this increase we shall be negotiating a new longer lease in exchange for some improvement works to the property.”
Two former trainees at Deeley Construction have taken the next step in their development with the company.
Matt Lynch and Chris Newman joined the firm on the trainee programme and have now been promoted to commercial manager and contracts manager respectively.
Matt, who joined the company in 2006, has been promoted from senior quantity surveyor and is set to continue his 13 years association with the firm.
He started his career as a management trainee and commercial manager will be the fourth position he has held at the company, after rising through the ranks.
Matt said: “I’m looking forward to helping the firm to improve its commercial offering and to continue my own development in that department.
“I’ve worked on key projects including Holland & Barrett, Union Park and I’m currently working on a Balfour Beatty Homes project.
“Deeley Construction is a great company to work for and I’m looking forward to meeting the challenge of my new role.”
Chris has been with the Deeley Group for six years and has now progressed from site manager to contracts manager.
He has been fast-tracked after proving his ability in each position held since joining as a trainee site manager in 2013.
By 2016, he was already running his own site and will now be contract manager at Plot 1300 on Tachbrook Park in Warwick.
He said: “I began my career at Deeley Construction working on Queensway Court and believe I have continued to progress on each project I’ve worked on.
“It is great to have reached the level I have in such quick time and I am grateful for the tutelage received so far.”
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “As a company we are committed to the development of our staff and it is fantastic to see how far Matt and Chris have come since joining us as trainees.
“Their promotions are testament to their hard work. I would like to congratulate them both and look forward to seeing their continued development.”
A Stratford-upon-Avon retail park has undergone a significant renovation including the opening of a new supermarket.
Deeley Construction has completed work on a major refurbishment and extension project to create new retail facilities at Maybrook Retail Park.
The project is valued at £3.4 million and saw the Coventry-based firm win two separate tenders to carry out the development.
Work began on the £2.4 million extension to Unit 1 of the existing retail development in June 2018, on behalf of BMW (UK) Trustees Limited.
It was completed in February and incorporated over-cladding of the large steel frame unit, new shop frontages and entrances to Unit 2 and 3.
The extension saw the creation of a new Lidl at the retail park. Deeley Construction then tendered directly to the supermarket giant to secure the £1 million completion of the fit-out of the 21,965 sq. ft. unit.
The on-site car park was also resurfaced and reconfigured, with spaces increasing from 146 to 155.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “This development provides a new space for residents to shop and also bring the benefit of new jobs into the community in Stratford-upon-Avon.
“Our team carried out the work quickly and on time, showing great respect for customers at the thriving retail park by causing minimal disruption.
“We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Lidl, a major supermarket chain, on the second stage of this development project.”