Brickwork students teamed up with a regional construction company to get real-life, on the job experience in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
Deeley Construction were approached by Ryton Parish Council about a wall that was in need of repair in the village and three students from Rugby College stepped in to help with the community project.
Jeff Annor, Lewis Fordham and Poushigan Savarajan are all brickwork students at the college, which is part of WCG (Warwickshire College Group).
They were tasked with completing a ‘Brick on edge’ course on the walls – which provided an opportunity for the Rugby Colleges Brickwork Award students to get hands on experience of working on a real-world project.
The bricks were provided by the local community, with mortar supplied by Deeley Construction.
Deeley Construction is working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group, Rugby Borough Council and Homes England, on a £3.9 million development of 21 affordable homes in the village.
The firm is a member of The 5% Club, which focuses on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We were approached by Councillor Steve Witter from Ryton Parish Council about undertaking some remedials to a brick wall near our housing development in the town.
“After agreeing to undertake the work, we recognised it would be a fantastic opportunity to give trainee bricklayers a chance to test out the skills they have developed at college in a real construction project.
“We engaged with WCG, who sent students from their Rugby College site to complete the works – and they did a fantastic job.
“At Deeley Construction we have a long-standing commitment to helping to develop the next generation of construction professionals and look forward to working more with students from the college in the future.”
Rugby College Construction Lecturer Will Dewes accompanied the students on the day and said it is important trainee construction workers gain experience like this during their course.
Will said: “We would like to thank Deeley Construction for coming to us with this great opportunity for our students to assist in a valued community project.
“The students who completed the work are Brickwork Award students, so to gain any hands-on experience like this is vital to their development, allowing them to put what they learn in college in to practice.
“As part of their study programme, our brickwork students are required to complete industry placements and small projects such as this are perfect preparation for those placements.”
WCG offers a range of Brickwork and Construction courses for all levels and ages of learners. For further information, go to www.wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049.
Fordham House – a development of high-quality, private rented apartments in Stratford-upon-Avon on which the Deeley Group played a significant role – has won a prestigious, national award.
The Orbit scheme, situated on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road – which features 82 high-quality homes, picked up the ‘Best Build For Rent Development’ award at the Inside Housing Development Awards.
The awards ceremony, which is now in its third year, took place at the O2 in London and showcases the best in new housing development right across the UK.
Work started on the award-winning site in 2016 and took two years to complete with all apartments now fully let.
The development was brought to market through a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are thrilled for Orbit that Fordham House has won such a nationally recognised award.
“It is a great example of how partnership working can create a development that brings economic, social and regenerative benefits to a community.
“The Deeley Group played a major role in Fordham House over many years before Deeley Construction started work on-site and we are very proud to be part of this award-winning development.”
Fordham House, which picked up Residential Property of the Year at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards West Midlands earlier in 2019, is owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.
A Coventry-based construction company has struck a chord with a local charity after raising thousands of pounds to support children and families affected by terminal illness.
The Deeley Group Band Night raised more than £7,500 for Molly Olly’s Wishes, with performances from local acts and donations from a host of subcontractors and suppliers helping to smash their initial fundraising goal.
The event, which took place at the Standard Triumph Club, was the first to be hosted by the Deeley Group Charity, with the trust hoping to enhance local connections and raise funds for charities across the region through a series of events over the coming years.
Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity that supports children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their families.
It was set up in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, the parents of Molly Ollerenshaw, who died in 2011 following a 5-year fight with cancer.
Chris Newman, a trustee of the Deeley Group Charity, kicked off the night’s events with a collection of solo acoustic guitar songs, before Coventry band Goozebumps took to the stage with a range of modern pop covers.
Rugby-based quintet Sound Effect rounded off the night with a combination of ska, mod and britpop classics.
Molly Olly’s trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw, said: “What a great night the Deeley’s Team organised on Saturday. Everyone involved was so friendly and willing to help and all the guests that attended were incredibly supportive.
“Deeley’s have been a pleasure to work with and all their hard work has ensured that Molly Olly’s can help more children and families going through extremely challenging circumstances. Thank you to everyone involved and of course to the bands who definitely got the party started!”
A raffle and auction were also held, featuring a range of prizes donated by local companies, with a signed Deeley Group polo shirt raking in an impressive £420.
The Trustees of the Deeley Group Charity who organised the event are Chris Newman, Matt Lynch, Carol Maughan and Ian Clorley, supported by Peter Deeley and Peter Hartill.
Ian Clorley, Deeley Group Financial Controller, said: “It was a great night for all involved and that’s thanks to a fantastic team effort from the Deeley Group Charity and Molly Olly’s Wishes, as well as everyone who came along to show their support.
“We are extremely proud to have gone beyond our fundraising target and could not be happier to have started our series of charity events in this fashion.
“Our connection to the Coventry and Warwickshire community is something that has always been at the heart of the Deeley Group, and our improved outreach with local charities following the launch of the Deeley Group Charity will only enhance that.
“Our fundraising goal could not have been reached without the support of our guests, our suppliers, subcontractors and colleagues, who were all very keen to show their support for the Molly Olly’s Wishes.”
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Caption (left to right): Peter Deeley, Carol Maughan, Rachel Ollerenshaw (Molly Olly’s Wishes), Matt Lynch, Ian Clorley, Chris Newman, Peter Hartill
The Deeley Group will be helping fellow Coventry and Warwickshire businesses cast an eye into the future of the region across a number of in-depth seminars.
The company will welcome business leaders and associates from across the region to two engaging discussions at their Herald Avenue headquarters, and will be supporting another event held in Leamington as part of this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.
The first of two seminars hosted by Deeley Group asks the question ‘How do we enhance Coventry & Warwickshire?’ and will take place on Wednesday, November 13.
Speakers including Bill Blincoe, Planning and Development Adviser at Coventry & Warwickshire LEP as well as Rob Bennett, Associate at SQW Limited and David Harley, Head of Regeneration at independent regeneration company Be First will go into detail on the need for a strong planning policy as well as public and private sector collaboration in order to support regional growth.
Guests and speakers will also be looking at ways to aid development in a planning and biodiversity seminar on Wednesday, November 20.
The session will feature expert advice from two leading organisations, Barton Willmore and Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants, on recent changes to the planning system and how to deliver biodiversity requirements. It will also feature insight from Deeley Group Development Director Anthony Holt.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “Playing such an active role in this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival gives us the chance to share our knowledge and research with our peers throughout the region and look to the future as a collective.
“We will be welcoming a range of high-profile speakers as part of our panels, with our Development Director Anthony Holt taking the floor to discuss a developer’s view on planning and biodiversity.
“The festival is set to be bigger than ever before and we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible across the three sessions.”
The Deeley Group will support a third event hosted by Leamington-based law firm Wright Hassall discussing Innovation in Construction on Tuesday, November 19.
It will be ran in association with Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.
The event will feature experts showcasing the latest technology advancements that can help the construction industry streamline their operations and encourage innovation.
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival or to sign up to any of the events visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com
Pupils at a Coventry primary school became painters and then decorators as part of a project aimed at celebrating the city’s most important buildings.
The project formed part of “Coventry – This is my City”, a week-long event that introduced students at Holy Family primary school to the history of the city.
Pupils from a range of year groups were visited by local artists Lesley Whelan and Laura John who were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.
Armed with their sketch books and pencils, the children researched some of Coventry’s most significant buildings and monuments, including the Lady Godiva Statue, the Ricoh Arena and Holy Family church.
Sketching the outlines in pencil, the students then added a splash of colour to create a series of bold and expressive paintings, which were then blown up and installed in the KS2 playground for children, parents and visitors to enjoy courtesy of the Deeley Group which sponsored the project.
Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Danielle Newman, was impressed by the quality of the student’s work and heralded the project a success.
“The children were excited to find out more about some of Coventry’s most important buildings and monuments.
“Lesley and Laura encouraged the students to express themselves and the results speak for themselves – the pictures are exceptional!”
According to Mrs Newman, not only did the project give students the chance to develop their artistic skills, it demonstrated the relationship between art and design.
“It was really interesting because by sketching the buildings, the children were introduced to the concept of architecture.
“We are also very grateful to the Deeley Group for their support. Projects like this are so important for young learners.”
Mrs Newman added: “It has definitely piqued their interests in art and design as well as their city.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was delighted to be invited to the school to view some of the artwork.
“It was a real pleasure to meet the budding artists at Holy Family. The paintings were splendid – I was very impressed by the level of detail.
“The project exemplifies how business can help schools in our community. All of us at the Deeley Group were thrilled to be involved.”
The popular Starley Sportive charity cycle ride is set to return to the Coventry and Warwickshire roads in 2020.
It will give riders a chance to get their fitness wheels turning in the region’s first mass-participation cycling event of the year.
More than £13,000 was raised by participants in the last event and organisers are hoping to take the total funds raised in the event’s history beyond £40,000 next year, by attracting an even bigger turnout.
Around 750 riders are expected to take part next year on Sunday, February 16, again raising money for a range of local and national charities.
The event organised by Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group, and Coventry City Council aims to promote wellbeing and healthier lifestyles. Whilst enhancing the city’s sporting profile, continuing the legacy of the city’s year as European City of Sport.
Riders will set off from the Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue and have the choice of tackling three distances this year – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or the epic 86.5 mile challenge – that proved so popular in the last event.
For the next Starley Sportive, Coventry’s Zoe’s Place Children Hospice & Warwickshire’s Young People First are the two main charities being supported by funds raised, with both supporting the event with volunteers.
Participants are also being encouraged to raise money for any causes close to their heart, while Zoe’s Place, Young People First, Myton Hospice and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Charity have been offered a number of free entries to anyone who registers via them for the event.
The sportive celebrates the contributions of inventors James and John Kemp Starley to the world of bicycles.
James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while his nephew John Kemp Starley is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern bicycle – both worked and lived in Coventry.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We are hoping that the incredible effort that we saw last time around can spur more people on to come along, test themselves, and ultimately raise money for some important causes.
“The support we had for the last event helped us to break the event’s fundraising record and I’m sure we can achieve that once again given the level of positive feedback we received.
“It’s important for us at Deeley to use our place in the Coventry and Warwickshire community to encourage healthier lifestyles, and carry on the legacy of the European City of Sport status.”
Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, was named Volunteer of the Year at the Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards for his role in the organisation of the Starley Sportive.
Ian added: “We can’t wait to see all the smiles again, it’s brilliant to see people joining in and having fun on their bikes.
“The event is about inclusion and getting people together for a great time. We want people to feel like they can join in and have fun cycling whatever their cycling goals are”
Places for the three distances can be booked online at www.starleysportive.co.uk