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
The Deeley Group – which plays a positive role in the community across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands – has formed a partnership with a charity aimed at rebuilding people’s lives.
The property company hosted Betel UK at its headquarters in Coventry and welcomed other key figures from business to hear from the charity that supports people with addiction who find themselves homeless.
The charity, which relies on donations, grants and gifts-in-kind, provides an innovative approach to recovery for those living on the streets as they offer residencies throughout the UK – including one in New Arley, Warwickshire, where they also gain job skills in everything from furniture repair to house removals.
Through this unique approach, they can fund their own recovery by working in the charitable businesses established by Betel.
The Deeley Group is now helping to raise the organisation’s profile to help drive more support.
Timon Robins, of Betel UK, said: “Betel UK provides an innovative approach to recovery for those living on the streets and struggling to overcome addiction.
“Throughout the UK, they have residences where men and women enter and live for free in a family atmosphere where they build meaningful relationships, inspiring hope and self-esteem.
“Betel residents also gain job skills in a variety of areas including furniture repair and restoration, upholstery, house removals and clearances, landscaping and tree surgery, furniture shop sales and catering.
“Using these skills, they help to fund their own recovery by working in the charitable businesses. This significantly reduces the financial burden on their families and the government while restoring dignity and a sense of purpose. The result is that, on leaving Betel, they contribute positively to society and see their families restored.
“The charity receives no government funding and the men and women do not claim benefits while living in their residences. Betel UK relies on funds generated from the charitable businesses, as well as donations, grants and other gifts-in-kind to provide help at no cost to those seeking to change their lives. To date, we have saved UK society over £124 million.”
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome Betel to our headquarters and to hear the fantastic work that they do.
“We like the ethos behind the charity and the outcomes it achieves and we would urge more companies to support them.”
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.”
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
The strength of the manufacturing and industrial sector across the country has seen a Coventry construction company land £11 million worth of contracts.
Deeley Construction is working on more than 135,000 sq. ft. of much needed employment space at four new, bespoke industrial developments at locations across Coventry, Warwickshire, Rutland and Buckinghamshire.
They range from design-and-build projects for owner/occupiers through to speculative builds on behalf of developers.
The company is working with AC Lloyd at Kites Park in Princes Risborough on the creation of a £5.4 million scheme to create in total nearly 70,000 sq. ft. of warehouse & office space.
Deeley Construction is also on-site on a workshop unit in Water Orton in North Warwickshire on behalf of Flexdart Ltd, which has seen the demolition of existing buildings and the creation of a new 19,485 sq. ft. unit.
Flexdart is traditionally a scrap metal merchant which is branching out into property development and selected Deeley Construction thanks to the firm’s agility and flexibility to deliver the project.
Deeley is working for Mecc Alte (UK) directly on its new £2.9 million design-and-build industrial unit in Oakham, Rutland and also on a £1.4 million scheme of workshop units to expand the Loades Ecoparc in Coventry.
In each area, the firm is utilising the local labour force which has a positive knock-on effect for the local community and economy.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said the company is perfectly placed to deliver new industrial and warehouse units as that area of the economy continues to grow.
He said: “The feeling is that there is still a shortage of industrial and warehouse space in this region and further afield to meet the demand of SME’s who wish to expand their operations.
“We fit into a niche category of providing the construction of sub 50,000 sq. ft. units which enables these businesses to grow.
“Deeley Construction has landed this work thanks to the reliability and integrity of the team both through an active tendering process and negotiated contracts.
“Our aim is to be more than a contractor and to become a partner on any given project. As a group, we also have the ability to bring land and build package deals to any interested parties.
“That is one of the reasons we were successful in landing these contracts and it’s certainly a very positive area of business for the company.”
A new £7.5 million dementia specialist care home in Warwick is a step closer, as WCS Care officially marked the start of construction with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The state-of-the-art care home is being built by Deeley Construction and has been designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by Warwick-based architects Robothams. It will replace the former Woodside home on Spinney Hill, which closed for demolition in 2017, as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment.
Residents, staff, and invited guests – including the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross, and Cllr Richard Edgington – gathered to celebrate the turning of the first sod at the site, which will become a deluxe village-style experience for 72 older people and people with dementia.
The new home, which is due to open in the summer of 2019, will include family-scale households for up to seven people, with en-suite showers and toilets for everyone.
There will also be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, shop, café, and fully-staffed, traditional launderette, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.
The new home will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive, including circadian rhythm lighting and night-time acoustic monitoring to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Smart phone apps connected to mobile care monitoring will mean carers spend more time with residents. It’s linked to a Relatives’ Gateway, where people can check and interact with their loved one’s care 24-hours a day, wherever they are.
Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: “The excitement is building as construction work begins on our inspirational new home in Warwick, which will feature many of the ideas and approaches that have already had a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our other homes.
“Driven by our ambition to make every day well lived for residents, we’re creating a home that will push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, while – at the same time – providing a homely, family environment, supported by high quality care around the clock.”
The name of the new home in Warwick, built with support from a £5.9 million funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland, will be revealed in the coming months.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to get work underway on what is an exciting and much-needed development.
“Once again, it’s another example of how Deeley work in partnership with other companies and organisations to bring about important projects for the local community.”
Pictured (left to right): Paresh Parekh, WCS Care’s Director of Finance; Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland; Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross; Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive; Cllr Richard Edgington; Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction; and Jo Barnett, WCS Care hostess at Castle Brook (and former Woodside staff)