A new sensory room which will support some of the most vulnerable children at a Coventry school and act as a lasting legacy to a well-known construction worker has been officially opened.
A special event was held at St Patrick’s Primary School to mark the completion of two extensions which were built in only six weeks by Coventry-based Deeley Group.
The sensory room has been named after Martin Curtin, who worked for The Deeley Group for 58 years, and passed away in December last year at the age of 86.
The event also marked the completion of an expansion to the staff room, providing teachers with a dedicated workspace to plan lessons.
The school, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, and Deeley Group welcomed members of Martin’s family for the sensory room’s official opening where they were able to take a look at the space, hear more about what it will be used for and enjoy tea and cake.
Deeley Group completed the work after Peter Deeley visited the school to hear more about its needs. The firm worked with a number of local contractors to complete the build at a highly reduced cost, with all of the work taking place during the summer break.
Andrea Sherratt, Principal at St Patrick’s Primary School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our two extensions which wouldn’t have been possible without support from The Deeley Group.
“We had a very tight budget, but Peter Deeley and the company have the community at heart and wanted to help the school andsupport the children, so offered to complete the work below cost.
“Deeley also ensured that all of the work was done throughout the school holidays so it did not cause any disruption to the children’s learning.
“It is an honour to name our sensory room after Martin Curtin, a lot of people in Coventry knew him and our new room will be a lasting legacy. The room is a blank canvas and will be used to provide additional support to some of our most vulnerable children.
“It was excellent to welcome Peter and others involved in the project as well as members of Martin’s family for the official opening.”
Peter Deeley added: “I was delighted to support St Patrick’s Primary School with this project, leaving a legacy in the community which will support children for years to come.
“Martin was one of our finest employees who worked as one of our senior site managers for many years, and it is wonderful that the new sensory room has been named in his honour. It is also good to hear that teachers are already putting their new workspace to good use.”
The consultants and contractors that Deeley Group wish to thank are:
Couch Consulting Engineers
M & M Brickwork
Fox Windows & Doors
Pro City Contracts
DMD Floor Screeds
Advanced Services West Midlands
Caption: Peter Deeley joins Andrea Sherratt, Principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Patrick Taggart, Romero Catholic Academy Business Director and the school’s youngest pupil Aubrie Wilson and oldest pupil Tadiwa Honye.
Deeley Group has secured a place on the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel 3.
The HCA DPP3 is valued at £8 billion in housing and associated development over the next four years, doubling the forecast for spending from the previous framework value.
Deeley Group has successfully secured a place on the three lots applied for in the Midlands, South & South West and East & South East regions, which between them have a combined estimated value of £5.3 billion.
The Deeley Group has offered land, finance, design and build options to housing associations for decades.
In recent years, it has delivered over 550 affordable, private rental and extra care homes for the likes of Orbit Homes, Waterloo Housing, and Stonewater.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “The appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to future growth and solidifying the end-to-end offering that the Deeley Group have delivered to clients and communities alike for the past 80 years”.
Matt Parry, Development Manager of Deeley Properties, added: “We are delighted to announce we have been successful in our bid to join the HCA’s procured list of developers for three lots.
“This appointment will help us to continue delivering housing across the Midlands region, whilst expanding our offering into the South East and South West.
“The end-to-end offering of Deeley Group will continue to be managed by Deeley Properties, who act as the development arm of the group acquiring land and sourcing finance where required, whilst Deeley Construction continues to act as the main contractor for the group.”
DPP3 will run for four years, active as of 31 July 2017
One of Stratford’s largest landlords and developers, Orbit, is celebrating its first venture into the Private Rented Sector with the opening of Fordham House in the heart of the town.
Located on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, Fordham House opened its doors to the public on Friday 15 September with a VIP event co-officiated by local MP Nadhim Zahawi and Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair.
Opening the development, Nadhim Zahawi MP said: “I was delighted to formally open Fordham House and see the culmination of the innovative project that I visited earlier on during construction. Fordham House is unique in that it will give preference to those working in our NHS, our schools, and our emergency services – it truly is a blueprint for development and I was very pleased to be able to celebrate its opening with Orbit and all those involved in the project.”
Fordham House comprises 82 high-quality apartments and has been developed by Orbit in partnership with Deeley Construction, ABD Developments and Stratford Town Trust and offers enviable priority accommodation to the town’s key workers and locals.
Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair, said: “Orbit has been investing in providing quality homes and services to support its customers since 1967 and Fordham House is an extension of our commitment to provide a housing offer for everyone.
“As an ethical landlord, we have long-term investment plans to improve the social, economic and environmental prospects of communities and developments like Fordham House make a profit so we can re-invest into building more homes to suit all needs and aspirations.”
Orbit, now the UK’s second largest developing housing association, currently own and manage around 7,000 properties in the district. Cllr Christopher Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Cllr Victoria Alcock, Mayor, joined a number of local councillors, Orbit Board members, staff and partners to celebrate the opening.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group, added: “We are at absolutely thrilled to see Fordham House opening as we know the great, positive impact it will have on Stratford.
“We are big believers in working in partnership and very much see benefit of relationships in business. Fordham House is a perfect example of that, bringing together several partners, with Deeley Group very much at the heart of that, to deliver a much-needed living development of new homes to regenerate this area.”
The £10.4m scheme includes 64 spacious one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments and each home is designed with the private market rental customer in mind, with minimum maintenance requirements and finished to an exacting standard with the latest in cutting edge technology.
Orbit has created a new web application designed to offer a bespoke digital experience for new private rented customers at Fordham House. It’s an easy and convenient way for customers to manage their tenancy, from viewing their rent account to reporting a repair.
Justin Williams, Chief Executive, Stratford Town Trust commented: “Fordham House is a ground-breaking initiative and one we are proud to be a partner in. Using the site occupied by a vacant office building and turning it into a high quality, centrally located, site for affordable homes for key workers answers a real local need.”
To find out more about Fordham House, or to register your interest in one of the new homes, please visit www.Fordham-House.co.uk
Orbit’s staff and partners have raised more than £23,700 in aid of sickle cell disease in their seventh annual charity golf day.
Sponsored in the main by Deeley Construction, Wright Hassall and A C Lloyd, over 180 guests teed off at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club in Leek Wootton, Warwick, raising thousands for Sickle Cell Society. A cheque for £23,727.08 was presented to John Jones, CEO of the charity at Orbit’s Coventry office.
Mark Hoyland, Orbit’s Chief Executive, and George Obeng-Manu, Orbit’s Development Contracts Director and golf day organiser, presented the cheque. Mark said: “I am delighted to present the Sickle Cell Society with this generous donation in our seventh year of holding the event. Over the years we’ve raised around £150,000 for a number of charities and we will continue to do so as part of our commitment to supporting local people and communities.”
Nick Abell, Chairman of Wright Hassall, Alistair Clark, Director at A C Lloyd and Edward Hudson from Deeley Construction also attended the presentation. George added: “I’d like to offer special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year’s event a resounding success.”
The golf day also included a gala dinner, raffle and evening entertainment. All contributions to the raffle were also added to the final donation for the good cause.
Sickle Cell Society is a charity organisation that supports and represents people affected by the blood disorder to improve their overall quality of life.
Last year our popular Midlands charity event raised over £17,000 for the Stroke Association.
A boom in infrastructure projects is set to keep output in the West Midlands construction industry growing over the next five years, according to a report.
The forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says that road and rail projects will see output in the infrastructure sector soaring by more than 10% each year over the 2017-2021 period.
The massive £11 billion High Speed 2 rail link will make a substantial contribution to the gain, says CITB’s Construction Skills Network report.
A £1.8bn road improvement programme will also give the sector a boost, with works including the £335m motorway upgrades to the M6.
The CITB says that these big projects mean that overall construction output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 1.3% per year for the next five years, with 14,000 jobs created.
Its report forecasts that the most in-demand roles in the West Midlands construction sector between 2017-21 include carpenters, electricians, and construction process managers (+1,550). There will also be significant demand for scaffolders, construction trades supervisors, labourers and surveyors.
One of our region’s companies the Deeley Group – which specialises in construction and property development – has been in business for more than eight decades in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Not only does that provide the company with a fine pedigree in all sectors of industry but also allows it to be an accurate judge of the area’s economy.
The Deeley Group is currently undertaking projects for HORIBA MIRA in the very north of the county through to a new 82-bed private rental apartment scheme for Orbit in Stratford-upon-Avon – with lots in between.
That not only underlines the expertise of the Deeley Group but, according to managing director Peter Deeley, shows that industry in Coventry and Warwickshire is doing well.
He said: “Economically we are the hometo 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 Jaguar Land Rover is now a global brand and has clearly upped its game in terms of design, engineering and build quality.
“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 and that fuels inward investment and, consequently, development.”
Deeley has performed strongly in the education sector in recent years undertaking projects for
both The University of Warwick and Coventry University, Warwick School, Warwickshire College Group and various academies.
One project – the creation of student accommodation at Warwickshire College Group’s Royal Leamington Spa College campus – only came to fruition because of Deeley’s contacts and experience in dealing with pension and investment funds.
Peter added: “The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units. After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units and we are building 100 now.
“So the funder will end with an investment of 200 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington, where property values make that an attractive investment proposition.
“The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for a new building or housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.
“It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure a package so all requirements are met. The college has its student accommodation, Deeley Construction is completing a sizeable building contract and the funder has a good investment.”
The CITB public non-housing sector is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.6% in the short-term. A number of large projects will support expansion including the £500m Birmingham University campus redevelopment and a £37m science and health building at
Coventry University, due for completion this year, says the CITB.
Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager for the West Midlands, said: “Although there is economic uncertainty, the West Midlands construction sector is set for growth, particularly in infrastructure.
“The outlook is positive because of a number of major projects either under way or in the pipeline. The biggest is HS2 which will provide multiple spin-offs in housing, business and recruitment opportunities.
“These projects and the job opportunities contractors are telling us about means this is a very good time to pursue a career in the construction industry.
“CITB will continue working with employers to attract new talent into the construction industry and to train them for rewarding careers in the sector.”
Picture caption: Warwick Hall, Warwick School.
Victoria Prentis MP was on hand to witness the start of construction of the new Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre during a visit to the development.
The Member of Parliament laid down the first brick, accompanied by the Leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Barry Wood and Chair of Policy, Cllr. Richard Mould.
Plans for the Centre were approved at the beginning of the year, with Deeley Construction recently appointed by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to carry out the construction.
The Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre forms part of a brand new Village Centre planned to bring several new facilities, including a day nursery, convenience store, outdoor space and four additional retail units to the development.
There will also be a community recycling centre located within the Kingsmere Village Centre along with bicycle and car parking spaces.
Victoria Prentis MP for North Oxfordshire comments: “I am really grateful to Countryside for arranging a tour around Kingsmere and the new community centre development.
“Kingsmere is now a well-established development in Bicester and has a strong community feel. I am keen to see this replicated across other local developments, particularly given the pace of house building across North Oxfordshire. Space for local groups and events is really important, not least in the way it encourages people to come together and meet one another. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”
Thomas Borwick, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd comments: “We’re thrilled that construction of the new community and youth centre is now underway as it will provide a fantastic new facility for Kingsmere residents and the wider Bicester community.
“It was a pleasure to host Victoria Prentis and Councillors on Friday, they have been involved in the project and it is great that they were so keen to come and see the start of construction. This marks another big step in the evolution of Kingsmere and once completed, the Community and Youth Centre will be a major hub for our residents.”
Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “As new homes go up in Bicester it is right that the council and developers plan for the life of the new communities that are being formed, providing places for people to come together.
“It was a pleasure to be invited to the start of construction of the new community and youth centre and I am confident that these new facilities will help Kingsmere’s residents live happier and more fulfilling lives.”
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen to bring this new community centre to the Kingsmere community.
“We have experience of delivering community projects of this type and we are very pleased to be working with Countryside Properties to create a new space for local people to use and enjoy.”
Kingsmere is quickly establishing itself a modem village, with excellent community and educational facilities served by unbeatable transport connections.
The development is home to a selection of house styles ideal for a range of homebuyers, provided by multiple homebuilders, including Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Persimmon. The community centre is due to be completed and in full use in early 2018.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit: www.kingsmere-bicester.com