Deeley Construction is set to complete a hat-trick of high-profile refurbishment projects for Coventry University in less than a year.
The company has begun work on a £1.1 million refurbishment programme which will see a row of properties in Whitefriars Lane transformed into a new Enterprise Hub, a reprographics centre and shop.
The project will take six months to complete and will totally restore the run of pre-war buildings.
The scheme comes hot on the heels of a refurbishment project on Alma Building, to create a new home for the University’s IT department, and the major improvements to the Alan Berry Building in University Square which is its main administration centre.
Both projects, which totalled in excess of £1.3 million, were finished on time and in budget.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said all three projects involved challenges set by the university’s location.
“The reason the university brings so much vitality to Coventry is because the hub of its campus is right in the city centre.
“That means in all three projects we have had to ensure that the surrounding areas remain open and continue to function as normal, which is always a challenge.
“While all three have involved restoring and refurbishing buildings, they have been very different. Alan Berry is very much the front door of the university and is very high profile, and while Alma Building is not in such a prominent location, it houses massively important functions and is very much an engine room of the university.
“We work right across the UK, but we are very much a Coventry company so it is always pleasing to take on projects which made a tangible improvement to the city centre and that has certainly been the case with these three contracts.”
The university has spent in excess of £150 million in the last five years improving its campus – much of it spent on refurbishment.
Rob Talliss, director of estates for the university, said: “Of course our large landmark projects grab attention, but we have a very progressive on-going programme of refurbishments which adapt our existing stock to make it suitable for modern learning methods and other relevant contemporary uses.
“As a city centre university we have a responsibility to do our utmost to improve the environment, and that means ensuring that everyday life can continue for local people and visitors while we undertake our work.
“Deeley Construction has helped us do that on all fronts and it has been a very good partnership between two local organisations.”
Pictured: Martin Gallagher (left) with Rob Talliss
Peter Deeley has become one of the first recipients of a Coventry City of Culture 2021 Gold Badge to highlight his work in promoting the City of Culture bid.
Michael Mogan, Fundraising Director for Coventry’s bid, said the idea has created some competition between its existing supporters.
He said: “It started as a bit of fun and a way of giving thanks to our donors, but the Gold Badge initiative has really gathered momentum. We realised that many backers were joining as a result of an introduction from an existing member of the 2021 Club and we could not let this go unrecognised! So, everyone who has introduced two supporters receives a limited edition Gold Badge.”
First recipients included Coventry City Councillor, Michael Hammon, and those assembled above:
> Ben Burbidge signed up through Burbidge & Son and helped with introductions to a number of businesses
> Les Ratcliffe (and the JLR team) have brought many members of the JLR supply chain into the fold
> Partners in Angels, Michael Taberner and Elvis Kesic, have both earned Gold Badges
> Peter Deeley played a leading role in starting the ball rolling, by hosting a great event in his offices and inviting business contacts, many of whom got on board.
How do you get your hands on one?
Introduce two or more supporters to back the bid and you will be awarded with a gold badge. If you have someone in mind to support Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture, please contact Nicole.email@example.com and win your chance to be featured in the next fundraising newsletter with your gold badge.
If you have already introduced backers to the City of Culture team, let them know.
For more information on the bid visit: https://coventry2021.co.uk/
Pictures (clockwise): Ben Burbidge, Les Ratcliffe, Peter Deeley, Michael Taberner and Elvis Kesic
Our company has been active in Coventry and Warwickshire for 80 years – and during that time the city and the county have gone through fluctuating fortunes.
But, fittingly for an area associated with the image of the Phoenix, Coventry and Warwickshire has risen in recent years and, viewed with the perspective of eight decades, appears to be performing well.
Economically we are the home to a myriad of successful companies and certainly our advanced manufacturing and engineering firms – many involved in automotive – are leading the way.
That has been fuelled by several factors. Clearly expanding markets have played a part, but I also know as a Jaguar owner of many years – that they have upped their game in terms of design, engineering and build quality and that Jaguar Land Rover is now a global brand.
With Aston Martin, Geely, BMW and Horiba MIRA – and many of their supply chain – also in Coventry and Warwickshire, we are undoubtedly a global force in that sector.
One continual problem has been Coventry city centre. Everyone recognises that we punch well below our economic weight when it comes to our retail and leisure offer. That has been the case for years and the gulf between our size and our retail performance has not narrowed.
That means there is a great deal resting on several schemes which are, relatively speaking, still in their infancy.
The City Centre South scheme, which the council recently awarded to Shearer Property Group, is massively significant as it represents a wholesale opportunity to transform a major part of the city centre. It is ambitious, but, it could be argued, we have lacked that in the past when it has come to the city centre.
It was also heartening to see the West Midlands Combined Authority making such a significant award to ensure the scheme can happen.
In an age where communication is vitally important, I also see the improvements to the railway station as key. I don’t believe anyone fully knows how HS2 will impact on Coventry and Warwickshire but we have to make sure we have the best transport infrastructure possible.
That would mean one of two things – that we are best placed to take full advantage of HS2 but also that we are geared up to avoid being, in any way, shunted into the sidings.
Our universities have really driven development in recent years, and research and development is one of our very strong areas so it essential that work continues through the alliance of academia and industry and through the creation and expansion of science parks.
It will inevitably need future employment land allocation – and that has to be addressed, and quickly.
In fact, one dark cloud over this optimism and opportunity is our shortage of development land. It is a major issue that will, if not resolved, throttle our potential. The CWLEP, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the local authorities are well aware of the problem, but awareness and a solution are two different things.
The region has been brave in some of the decisions it has taken in recent years and, on this issue, it must be bold once again.
Matt Parry has joined Deeley Properties as development manager and will be scouring the UK for new opportunities and sites for the company.
Matt, formerly of King Sturge and RPS, has moved to the company from Cranford Developments in Staffordshire.
He had been with Cranford for 11 years but jumped at the opportunity of joining the expanding team at Deeley Group, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2016.
Matt, who lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: “Deeley Properties has a fantastic reputation in the region as a company that undertakes development in the right way.
“The company is looking to grow and that is where I come in. I believe there are some great opportunities but you have to get out there, get in front of people and grab those opportunities with both hands.
“I will be looking at residential, commercial and mixed-use opportunities in the Midlands and beyond.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We are very pleased to have Matt on board.
“We believe the market is showing strength and that is why we wanted to grow the development team.
“What we have shown over many, many years is that we will work in partnership with a range of other organisations to ensure we deliver development that brings value and social benefits to an area.”
Pictured (left to right): Peter Hartill, Pat Moroney, Andrew Brazier, Andrew Cann and Peter Deeley welcome Matt Parry (seated)
Schoolchildren from a Leamington primary school donned hard hats and high-vis jackets to find out more about the construction industry.
Three and four-year-olds from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School joined their parents and teachers for a look at Orbit’s Union Park development in Sydenham.
The 147 new homes are being built by Coventry-based company Deeley Construction on behalf of Orbit.
The youngsters were given an insight into how the new homes are being built, the materials that are used and also the potential hazards of a construction site.
Deeley Construction, which has registered the development with the Considerate Constructors Scheme – an initiative launched to improve the image of the construction industry, used a ‘spot the difference’ game to keep pupils engaged.
Edward Hudson, of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s important that we speak to children from a very early age about the benefits of the construction industry to try to encourage them to join this diverse and exciting industry.
“The children from St Anthony’s really seemed to enjoy themselves – and so did their parents and teachers too!”
Head teacher Mrs McSharry said: “St Anthony’s Nursery children have fantastic learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, planned for by our experienced nursery teacher.
“A walk to the building site was the perfect way of extending the children’s learning about ‘The Three Little Pigs’, as part of their fairy-tale topic.
“We currently have a few places available for three and four-year-olds and are taking applications now for September 2017.”
Union Park is due for completion in early 2018. To find your new home with Orbit, please visit www.orbithomes.org.uk
Pictured: Edward Hudson (front, with sign) with parents, teachers and children from the nursery class at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School
Deeley Construction has hit a high point on a scheme in Stratford-upon-Avon that is being created on behalf of Orbit.
Fordham House is a new development of 82 private rent apartments on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, with initial preference to key workers in the town.
The development is a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects. Deeley Construction is the design and build contractor.
A topping out ceremony was held at the development, which is on the site of a vacant office building that was demolished to allow work to proceed, to mark the highest point in the build being reached.
Justin Williams, of Stratford Town Trust, and Adam Cooper, of Orbit, joined Peter Deeley and site manager Richard Pepper on the roof of the scheme before other visitors. Other guests were shown around the one and two-bed apartments which are undergoing the ‘first fix’ of electrical and mechanical services.
Peter Deeley said: “We are delighted with the way work is progressing and the topping out ceremony marks an important milestone in the build.
“Richard and the team are doing a great job, and Justin and Adam were both pleased with the way the development is coming along.”
Nearly 250,000 bricks and blocks have been used to complete the scheme. Local school pupil Isabella, aged six, guessed the correct amount in a competition prior to Christmas winning an iPad for her and family.
Pictured (left to right): Peter Deeley, Adam Cooper, Justin Williams, Richard Pepper