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).
Leading alternator manufacturer Mecc Alte UK is investing over £3.2 million as it expands its Oakham site to support its growing alternator business and the further expansion of sister company, Cabel UK.
The state of the art facility includes over 33,000 sq. ft. of prime manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space which will service both businesses and provide a third facility within the UK.
This latest development for the Rutland based business is essential as the Italian owned companies embark on a strategic expansion journey within the UK and across the global alternator sector. It is also broadening its services and repairs for specialist rotating and electrical equipment through Cabel UK.
The new site will also increase the workforce over four years and will look to recruit specialist engineers, skilled operatives and apprentices from the local area for Cabel UK.
Cabel UK was formed in 2009 with just two people working in the business. It has undergone significant year on year growth, across the power generation for repair, service and rewind work and has taken its workforce into double figures since it started.
This new facility will enable Cabel UK to increase its ability to supply more OEM parts and materials, incorporate the latest diagnostics technologies, materials, skills and processes to deliver first rate, flexible and responsive service. This includes AC and DC motors, generators, pumps, transformers as well as any electrical device that uses copper wire at its core.
For Mecc Alte UK, the facility will allow the company to increase warehouse capacity and introduce more product lines. This year the company revolutionised the alternator sector with the launch of its new C-Type series which will be manufactured in Oakham.
Andrew Bell, Managing Director, Cabel UK and Mecc Alte UK said: “We are very excited to announce these plans for a third site as part of our strategic vision and growth plan. It cements our commitment to expand Mecc Alte UK and Cabel UK’s footprint in the local area.
“We want to attract fresh talent into the engineering sector and the new site will accommodate our expansion as a result of securing new service and maintenance contracts for Cabel UK along with increasing the design and manufacture for industrial machinery technology and the power generation sector.”
Work is already underway on the new site at Land’s End Way by contractor Deeley Construction and will be completed in November 2018.
A development of over 140 affordable, family homes in Leamington has reached completion.
Known as Union Park, the £29 million development of 147 homes sits on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham. The names of classic Ford cars now mark the streets in and around the neighbourhood paying respect to the rich heritage of the site.
Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, welcomed the addition of new, affordable homes alongside housing group and developer Orbit and partners, Deeley Construction.
He said: “I would like to thank Orbit, Deeley Construction and Warwick District Council for working together to create this fantastic development. It is important to recognise the contribution Orbit has made to the local area with the Union Park development. I visited the site some months ago and I am deeply impressed with the high environmental and construction standards of these homes.
“As the former County Councillor for the area and now as the MP, I have long campaigned for more social and affordable housing so it is excellent to see this development contributing towards combating the housing crisis.”
Offering canal-side living, Union Park has brought 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent. Following high demand, all properties have now been sold or rented – just 18 months after building began.
John Carleton, group property investment director at Orbit, said: “A successful regeneration, Union Park offers affordable, family living in an enviable location. From a family business, to what is quickly becoming a thriving community, we’re proud to add Union Park to our expanding development portfolio across the district.”
The development, delivered in partnership with Coventry-based Deeley Construction, offers a selection of two and three bedroom houses as well as one and two bedroom apartments.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “It was lovely to see a sense of community already developing – with children heading off to school and people going out to work – and it reminds you that developments such as this are about more than bricks and mortar, but creating homes for people.
“Our role in the partnership to deliver Union Park was highlighted on the day and we are thrilled with the part we have played in bringing this scheme forward from start to finish.”
Orbit delivered over 2,000 new homes in the last financial year. Over the next 10 years the housing group has plans to build a further 20,000 new homes across the midlands, south and east of the country, contributing to the UK’s housing growth.
A special thanks to the following people for making the event a great success, bringing to life its rich heritage:
Mr Richard Soans – Ford Model A
Mr Michael Dye – Ford Corsair
Mr Adam Fox – Ford Granada
Mr Joseph Marcello – Ford Anglia
Mr Sid Shaw – Ford Orion
The Allen Ford Dealership, Leamington Spa – Ford Mustang
Pictured (left to right): John Carleton, Martin Gallagher, Matt Western MP
A Midlands property company has broken through 500 homes mark over the past four years and is on course to deliver hundreds more properties before the end of the decade.
The Deeley Group, based in Coventry, has delivered 552 units across Warwickshire since it worked with Bromford Housing on a development in Arley, North Warwickshire, in 2014.
Through its offering as both a developer, Deeley Properties, and a main contractor, Deeley Construction, it has worked in partnership with a range of housing groups and associations on projects valued at close to £75million.
The biggest scheme was 179 units for Orbit Homes at Queensway Court in Leamington – part of a major regeneration scheme – and Deeley has worked with the company on three further projects since 2015.
The group has a further 290 units lined-up between now and 2020 including in Southam, Warwick, Leamington and Coventry.
In addition, there are potentially 92 more homes across the region that are currently going through planning, while the company has secured a place on Homes England DPP3 framework and also the WM Housing Framework.
Pat Moroney, director of Deeley Properties, said: “It’s been a very positive few years for the Deeley Group and reflects our ability to deliver new homes schemes in partnership with housing groups and land owners.
“Our work, with those companies, has helped to deliver well over 500 new homes for communities in our area and will be pushing 1,000 should we be successful in achieving planning in some new schemes we have in the pipeline.
“As an SME contractor and developer, we have the agility and integrity to offer our clients an end-to-end and personal service that helps them to deliver high-quality, affordable living homes.
“We can secure the land, work with them on permissions and site preparation and then, through Deeley Construction, actually build the homes too.
“We are looking forward to the future with great confidence as we prepare to deliver even more homes for our region in partnership with our clients.”
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