A new affordable family housing development in Leamington Spa has opened its doors to budding home owners.
Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, marked the official opening of new homes with developer Orbit and Coventry-based Deeley Construction at Union Park – a £29m development of 147 affordable family homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham.
Offering canal-side living, more than 300 people have already registered their interest. Once complete, the development will offer a range of new housing options for local people, including 55 homes for sale, 39 for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent.
Chris White MP was on site for the start of construction in August last year. Eight months on, Mr White joined Orbit and Deeley Construction at the opening of the show home. He said: “I was pleased to join the official opening of Union Park and welcome the building of good quality affordable homes in Leamington. It was particularly impressive to see such an efficient use of a brownfield site.”
Finalising the build of three more homes at Union Park marks a significant milestone for Orbit, one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations, having now delivered 6,000 new homes since April 2013.
Chris Jones development director at Orbit, said: “Union Park is a unique development in Leamington, providing more housing options and quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”
He added: “These homes bring us half way to our target of delivering 12,000 new homes across the midlands, east and south by 2020. This fantastic achievement highlights the acceleration of our sector-leading development programme as well as the hard work of our teams across the country.”
Celebrating 50 years as an organisation, Orbit recently reported record growth having developed 1,788 new homes across its operating areas in the last financial year.
Pat Moroney, director, Deeley Properties said: “We are extremely proud that we are helping Orbit reach this milestone which is of national importance in the campaign to solve our housing crisis. The homes will meet a very real need for people in the area who want to live locally but would, without schemes such as this, be unable to do so.”
Starting from £92,000 for a 40% share, a new home at Union Park provides an affordable route onto the housing ladder for many first-time buyers in Leamington. Located at Sydenham Drive, the development offers a selection of two and three bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments.
Union Park is due for completion in spring 2018. To find out more or to register your interest in one of these new homes, please visit http://www.orbithomes.org.uk/developments/union-park/.
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
Work is underway on a major new building at a school in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Deeley Construction, part of the Coventry-based Deeley Group, is creating a new £1.5 million three-storey building at King Edward VI School that will include new classrooms, a library, a sixth form study and IT suites.
The company is also converting two classrooms in the main building into laboratories and the project will see the new facilities opened in the autumn of 2017.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said it was testament to his team that the company had won the competitive tender.
He said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver what is a major investment for King Edward VI School.
“While the building work is taking place to the rear of the main school building, we have still had to make provisions for the fact that there are pupils and staff in close proximity each day.
“We work regularly in educational environments, so we know only too well what needs to be put into place.
“This follows on from work we are already undertaking at Fordham House in Stratford and underlines our growing presence in the town, which we hope to build on.
“It’s been a positive start to 2017 for Deeley Construction and we are winning a great deal of repeat work as well as projects such as this where it is for a new client at competitive tender.”
Bennet Carr, Headmaster, King Edward VI School, said: “This is a vital development in the evolution of the School.
“The new building – housing the English Department, a new library and sixth form study and a suite of computing rooms – will provide state-of-the art facilities to help us maintain the very highest standards of education.”
Pictured left to right – Mike Hawley (Bursar), Bennet Carr (Headmaster), Martin Gallagher and Site Manager Graham Hill
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.
220 riders took part in the charity cycle ride on Sunday 19th February 2017 to raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, based in Ash Green.
Starting at Deeley Group’s head office, two routes were available to the cyclists, a 30 mile or more challenging 59 mile route.
A fantastic £2,300 was raised which is a record for Coventry Road Club and their charity cycle rides.
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice needs to raise £1.3 million every year to care for babies and infants with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Coventry and Warwickshire and relies heavily on fundraising events to support them.
Deeley Group’s Edward Hudson and Adam Dent from the group’s PR Agency, Advent Communications, both took part in the charity cycle ride.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Coordinator, at Deeley Group said “After hearing the cycle club lost their previous event venue, we were of course happy to step in to help. Our facilities were the ideal location for the rides to start, being so close to the Countryside and large enough to cater for the volume of people taking part.”
“We are delighted that Coventry Road Club and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice raised this amount and that all of their hard work paid off.”
The date for Deeley Group’s own charity cycle ride, the ‘Deeley 80’ and ‘Family 20’ has already been set for Sunday 17th September 2017.
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)