The site of a former school in Wyken, Coventry is set to be re-developed as affordable housing after planning permission was granted for 39 homes.
The site was formerly the home of Dartmouth School and was then a temporary home for The Seva School up until September 2015.
Since Seva School moved to its new home in Walsgrave, it has been a redundant brownfield site for almost five years.
Planning permission has now been granted for 23 affordable rented and 16 shared ownership properties to be built on Tiverton Road, by Coventry-based family firm Deeley Group for leading housing provider Stonewater.
The site was originally purchased from Coventry City Council and upon completion will feature 39 brand-new homes comprising a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses.
Stonewater and Deeley Group previously worked together on the successful development of another affordable development at Feather Lane in Nuneaton, which completed earlier this year.
The Deeley Group has a proud history of projects in the area with founder George Deeley building nearby St John Fisher school in the 1950s – who was also joined by a young Peter Deeley, now managing director, who drove a dumper on the site.
Peter went on to help build St John Fisher Church in the 1970s, and current Deeley Construction managing director Martin Gallagher was on-site to build the parish hall in the 1990s.
Now Eleanor Deeley, as part of Deeley Affordable Living, has secured the planning for the delivery of this new housing for the community.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “There is a genuine need for more housing of this type in Coventry and we are pleased to be able to deliver this development alongside our partners.
“We have a strong relationship with Stonewater and we are looking forward to working closely with them again, after the great success of our project in Nuneaton.
“With planning now approved, work will be starting on site in the coming months.
“This scheme will provide vital affordable housing for the community in Wyken and surrounding areas and makes good use of what would otherwise be a redundant brownfield site.
“Deeley Group has a history of development in the area, building St John Fisher Catholic Primary school in the 1950s and St John Fisher church and hall in the 1970s. Many years ago I drove machinery on the nearby site as I began my career in construction.
“We have great expertise in delivering developments of this type for local people, and it is the latest in a string of affordable housing schemes we have worked on in Coventry, Warwickshire and further afield.”
Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (West) at Stonewater, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Deeley Group on another regenerative project so that we can make better use of this brownfield site.
“Trying to manage the spread of Covid-19 over the last few months has shone a light on just how important it is that everyone has a place to call home and has really amplified the importance of our work as a social housing provider.
“We’re looking forward for work to get underway at Tiverton Road, so we can support the local community and bring more much-needed affordable homes to Wyken.”
Deeley Group has agreed the lease of a unit in Leamington to an engineering firm which is planning to become a world leader in the development and manufacture of PPE.
Tecman Advanced Material Engineers have leased the unit at Ramsey Road, Leamington, formerly the home of Bellagio Stone.
It will house its production facility dedicated to the manufacture of face and eye protection.
The new premises include 10,000 sq ft of storage, a new automation system to streamline production, and state-of-the-art machinery to boost manufacturing capacity.
The new production line will enable to firm to produce over a million protective visors per week, and support the company’s long-term vision of becoming a global industry leader.
The firm says the site has already created 30 new jobs at the company and will create a further 10 jobs in the future.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “Tecman has been doing incredible work during the Covid-19 pandemic to manufacture PPE and we’re pleased this new facility will allow the firm to further expand operation.
“The unit is ideally positioned on the outskirts of Leamington near a collection of businesses that form a thriving business community.
“The business will be providing vital new jobs to local people, which is even more important now as the area recovers from the impact of Covid-19.
“The deal was completed quickly and we look forward to working in partnership with Tecman more in the future.”
Kevin Porter, technical director at Tecman, added: “Developing and manufacturing an effective product to support frontline workers has already led to the creation of 30 new jobs at Tecman.
“Our expansion into new premises creates a need to expand our team further, and we’re delighted to be able to offer jobs within the West Midlands during a time when many are unable to work.”
A Midlands-based construction company has started work on a multi-million retail unit near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
Deeley Construction, which is headquartered in Coventry, has begun work on the 22,000 sq ft unit at Wolstanton Retail Park, which will be home to nationally renowned home furnishing retailer Dunelm Mill.
The unit, which is expected to be completed later this year It is being built between the existing Matalan and Marks & Spencer stores at the retail park, and when Dunelm Mill opens its doors it is expected to create up to 50 jobs for local people.
The unit will be purpose-built for Dunelm Mill and feature a café, alongside the typical homeware and home furnishing goods sold by the retaile which has 169 stores across the UK.
Work is being carried out on site during the Covid-19 pandemic, with workers adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.
Deeley Construction’s work will also include improvement of the foundations of the Matalan unit, whilst still maintaining a fire safety route from Marks & Spencer.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “Our team are now set-up and working on site to deliver this retail project, which is part of the continued development of Wolstanton Retail Park.
“The retail park is still busy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and our team will be operating social distancing measures, while providing as little disruption as possible the general public.
“Deeley Construction has great experience with working in live retail environments and delivering purpose-built units.
“The new Dunelm Mill store will provide a boost to the local economy and provide new jobs for people in the area and we’re delighted to be working on this project.”
Deeley Construction has landed a £2.1 million contract to create a test facility which is set to transform car parking and help shape the future of motoring.
Nuneaton-based global automotive engineering and development consultancy HORIBA MIRA is creating the UK’s first facility to test and support the development of automated parking solutions.
The ‘Trusted Autonomous Parking’ project is being delivered in partnership with Coventry University.
HORIBA MIRA has appointed Coventry-based Deeley Construction as the main contractor for the development.
It will feature a multi-storey car park consisting of four levels and off highway and on highway parking to replicate different types of car parking at the facility.
The facility will provide real-world parking situations to further support the development of self-parking solutions and is located on HORIBA MIRA’s existing City Circuit test facility.
Deeley Construction’s work will also include associated infrastructure, such as roads, cycle lanes and roundabouts, in the area.
It marks the 10th project that Deeley Construction has worked on at HORIBA MIRA and completion is expected for Autumn 2020.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with HORIBA MIRA, stretching back to our first project on the MIRA Technology Park in 2010.
“Our team are due to start work on site in the next couple of weeks and we’re delighted to be involved in this exciting project which could change the face of car parking for years to come.
“We will ensure the strict tolerances set in the specification are met to ensure HORIBA MIRA can carry out precise autonomous vehicle testing.
“The site is located on the existing, busy Proving Ground and our on-site team will ensure minimal disruption to the day-to-day operations at the facility, whilst also operating safe social distancing measures.
“We look forward to working alongside HORIBA MIRA to complete this very exciting project over the course of the next six months.”
Chris Reeves, Head of CAV Technologies at HORIBA MIRA said: “This new facility will deliver a comprehensive testing environment for the development of autonomous driving and autonomous parking solutions, enabling us to test the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies in a safe and repeatable way.”
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, on how construction is adapting to a limited return to site working
There is no doubt that parts of the economy are beginning to show signs of life – but the tap is only being turned on very slowly.
I was on one of many recent video calls when someone said that as we end lockdown it will be a little like when you have had your boiler repaired. When you turn on tap it splutters as the pipes refill and takes a while for the flow to be resumed.
On the construction side of the Deeley Group, the announcement of lockdown and social distancing meant our tap was tightly turned off and we closed our 11 sites.
I fully appreciate that it is very difficult for Government to be clear and concise bearing in mind the myriad of unprecented measures they are bringing in at the moment but there was, at best, uncertainty as to what was essential working.
Also, the advice that work would continue also came with a heavy hint that there was little understanding as to how a site works and that did cause concern in the industry.
Slowly the sector got to grips with exactly how we could continue working to a level while strictly adhering to the social distancing rules. That has, inevitably, meant big changes in how we work.
For example, signing in is now by text rather than an electronic fingerprint system; canteens are closed; site times, break times and lunch times are staggered; we can only have 10-30 per cent of the number of people on site to allow for social distancing.
There have been struggles getting materials – especially plasterboard – and many of the builders’ merchants were closed until very recently. That is all easing and the supply of UK-produced goods is getting much better, but there will be times when we are held up by the absence of products such as lifts or air-conditioning units, which have to be imported.
Interestingly, in a world of sub-contractors, there has been a total regard for the health and wellbeing of staff, which has been refreshing to witness particularly when, at the same time, there were images from major construction projects where workers paying no attention to the guidance.
Sub-contractors are only coming back to sites where they are confident that social distancing can be maintained and, when it can’t, there is suitable PPE used by all.
But no-one should be under the impression that this means we are back to normal. Social distancing is likely to remain in place for many months to come and this means that the rate of construction is going to remain low because of the limited numbers on site.
As ever, industry is going to have to find a way to overcome the hurdle. We might need
to extend working hours as we have the longer evenings arriving, almost operating a two-shift system to maximise the number of working hours on site.
I think an increase in weekend working is almost inevitable, but that will not only allow us to maintain progress as much as possible but it will also allow sub-contractors to earn, which will very welcome after the last two months.
Equally inevitable will be increased costs because efficient sequencing of a build will not be possible given the restrictions in place and the equipment shortages.
There are also other more trivial, but still important, consequences. Spirit on a site is always important but with people working alone we simply cannot interact in the same way.
There is going to be part of our morale that is absent as we miss the joke that we don’t hear, and the catch up over a coffee during a break.
But that is a small price to pay.
A cycle event has been able to raise £9,415 for charity even though it was unable to go ahead this month.
More than 700 riders were set to head out onto the Coventry and Warwickshire roads for the Starley Sportive on Sunday, April 26 – after the event was originally postponed due to Storm Dennis in February.
COVID-19 forced organisers Coventry Road Club, Coventry-based construction and development firm the Deeley Group and Coventry City Council to cancel the rescheduled date, although refunds were offered many generous riders have chosen to still donate their entry fees to charity.
The funds raised will be donated to primarily to support Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice – but some money will also be donated to Leamington-based Young People First.
Businesses who had already committed to supporting the event have also fulfilled their donations, with Eagledale, Wallsmart, Murray & Co, RM Contractors and TBL Fire Protection all contributing to the fundraising total.
A virtual ride took place via RGT cycling on the day the event was planned for, with all funds raised donated to support Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice through the coronavirus pandemic.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We were very disappointed to have to cancel the Starley Sportive this year but the response we received from cyclists who had already signed up has been fantastic.
“We would also like to thank all of our other partners who had pledged to support the event in 2020.
“The Starley Sportive is always a not-for-profit event and we ensure that as much of the funds raised as possible reaches our charities.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our 2021 event which will of course be taking place in Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.”
This year the Starley Sportive teamed up with Coventry-based Etch & Pin ahead of the ride to create special pin badges to commemorate the event. They are awarding 100 of these badges in a free prize draw to riders who chose to donate their entry fees.
Ian Court, of Coventry Road Club, added: “Charities have been forced to cancel many of their fundraising events in recent months.
“So, we would like thank everyone who has donated their entry fees to support these charities in very testing times.”