A new scheme of student residences in Leamington has been given top marks – as it reached its highest point.
Coventry-based Deeley Construction is building 100 new residential units on behalf of WCG at its Royal Leamington Spa College campus in Warwick New Road.
A topping out ceremony was held at the scheme to mark the development reaching its highest point, with work due for completion later this year.
The new £4.5 million development came about when WCG was in discussion with Deeley Properties, the development division of the Deeley Group, on its need for more student residences.
The company came up with an innovative way of funding the scheme by inviting a pension fund to invest in the development, allowing Deeley Properties to take care of the design, build, finance and land package.
Many of the professionals from businesses and organisations that have been involved in the project so far went along to the see how it is progressing.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “Work is progressing well and it was great to be able to share that with so many partners who have been involved and everyone was very impressed with the new build.
“The way this development has evolved shows how we, as a Group, can offer much more than construction alone. By working with WCG, we have helped to secure funding and then drew up a scheme that fitted its needs the best.
“On the construction side, we’ve worked with WCG before and it is always a great testament to us to win repeat business with a client in this way.”
WCG Director of Estates John Vickery said: “It has been great to see the building taking shape and we’re very pleased with the progress so far, so a big thank you to all the partners involved.
“Once finished, this will complement our current accommodation, providing a modern, safe place to stay for students and apprentices right on campus.”
Pictured (left to right): Martin Gallagher (Managing Director, Deeley Construction), Stephen Wood (Chair, Board of Governors, WCG), John Vickery (Head of Estates, WCG), Peter Husband (Group Deputy Principal, WCG).
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.