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  • Planning submitted for Leadon Vale

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  • Planning submitted for Leadon Vale

    Deeley Properties has submitted its planning application for a new community-led development scheme in Ledbury.

    Leadon Vale will feature a community medical centre, locally run children’s day nursery and a 23,412 sq ft Lidl food store.

    It is proposed to be built adjacent to the Old Wharf Industrial Estate, where Leadon Way meets Dymock Road.

    Plans for the development include highly sustainable and energy-efficient buildings which respond to the surrounding area, including a green roof on the Lidl store.

    This development will create 65 jobs at the nursery and Lidl, alongside 200 jobs during the construction phase.

    It will regenerate the existing site and will serve the community, especially those in the south of Ledbury which is seeing sustainable growth with two new residential developments.

    The planning application was made following a significant online public consultation where the existing community were encouraged to have their say on the scheme.

    It is a hybrid submission – fully detailed for the day nursery and food store, and in outline for the medical centre.

    Deeley Group would build the food store and medical centre, while the children’s day nursery would be constructed by Woodlands Nursery Group.

    A decision is expected on the planning application in March 2021.

    Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “This is a hugely attractive scheme for the local community and we have had great feedback from our public consultation.

    “We believe the proposals for this high-quality development will contribute significantly to the local economy and serve a growing community on the south side of Ledbury.”

    To find out more about Leadon Vale visit www.deeley.co.uk/properties/our-developments/leadon-vale/

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  • Deeley provides virtual work experience task for pupils

    Deeley Group is continuing its commitment to developing the future workforce of the construction industry by contributing to a new virtual work experience platform.

    Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS) recently launched the new virtual work experience platform – with traditional work experience likely to remain disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future.

    Deeley Group has added a new task to the on-demand service which allows pupils to access real-world built environment tasks at any time.

    By adding a task to the service, the company is supporting the Government’s BuildBackBetter commitment to showcase the industry to young people over the next decade.

    The short task which can be completed from home showcases a project that demonstrates local redevelopment and the challenges of effective site management.

    Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Group, said: “We were excited to create a 45-minute virtual work experience task that students all around the UK can complete in their own time and learn more about the work we do.

    “We are so proud of the exciting and complex projects we deliver for our clients, but sometimes it can be difficult to explain what we do to young people.

    “We work closely with a number of schools based near our construction sites and will be looking to engage with the easy and fun task we have creative, which we hope goes some way to painting a picture of what it is like to work in the construction industry.

    “BESS has built a great platform to support their extensive network of schools, and it was a no-brainer for us to use our own in-house skills and expertise to develop a challenging student task.”

    Kathryn Lennon-Johnson, founder of BESS, said: “It’s such an honour to have a respected business like Deeley Group supporting this initiative.

    “Our on-demand virtual work experience platform allows young people to explore the construction industry at their own pace while ensuring they are completely safeguarded.

    “Creating new housing and retail is such an important investment for communities, and allowing young people to be part of a real project helps to bring the industry to life.”

    The BESS on-demand Virtual Work Experience platform is promoted into more than 4,000 UK senior schools and offers unrestricted use by students.

    The BESS platform is available at www.virtualworkexperience.beskillsinschools.co.uk

    The Deeley Group Platform is also available here Virtual Work Experience Task.

     

     

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  • New banners created by schoolchildren in Whitnash

    Students from local schools have designed new banners to promote the new Whitnash Civic Centre and Library.

    The new £2.2 million community hub is expected to be completed by summer 2021 and will include a multi-use sports hall, library, community café, meeting room and offices for the Town Council.

    Work started on site in October and the project is being led by Whitnash Town Council and built by Deeley Construction.

    The scheme is being funded through a £1million grant and further contributions of £900k from Warwick District Council, a £150k Sport England grant with the library receiving £154k from Warwickshire Country Council.

    To engage young members of the community in the project, Mayor of Whitnash Cllr Adrian Barton invited local schools to take part in an art competition to design the banners.

    The winning drawings have been made into large banners and are on display fencing at the new build at Acre Close for everyone to see.

    Christina Herbert from St Joseph’s School, Florence Hurst from Whitnash Primary School and Theo S from Briar Hill School were named the winners.

    A fourth banner has also been placed which is a collage of some of the other stunning entries received.

    The three winners were presented with book tokens by Cllr Barton. The High Sheriff, Joe Greenwell, was in attendance along with Andy Bodily from Deeley Construction. There were also cash prizes for each school for their winning entry.

    Prize money was donated by Linleigh Electricial, book tokens by Whitnash Town Council and the banners sponsored by Whitnash Fun Day.

    Cllr Barton said: “We received wonderful pictures and the judges had a really difficult task choosing a winner. Thank you and well done to everyone who participated.”

    Andy Bodily, contracts manager at Deeley Construction, added: “It’s fantastic to see young people from the community taking a keen interest in the project and the banners look brilliant.

    “We look forward to welcoming the community to the new centre when it is completed.”

     

     

     

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  • Mayor of the West Midlands visits Coventry school

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  • A challenging but successful year

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  • PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Martin Gallagher and Declan Allen.

    HORIBA MIRA testing facility completes

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  • Mayor of the West Midlands visits Coventry school

    The Mayor of the West Midlands has made a special visit to a school in Coventry to find out more about its links in the community and hear first-hand how it has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

    Andy Street visited St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, where he spoke to the children about his role and heard more about how the school has been supporting its local area during a challenging 2020.

    He also found out how it has been dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and the measures that have been put in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

    Andy was joined in the visit by Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group which has strong links with both the school and the wider Academy.

    As part of a tour of St Patrick’s, Andy was shown Martin Curtin Room which was built by the Deeley Group at a highly reduced cost after the company found out that the school was in need of additional space to support some of its most vulnerable children.

    The room, named after well-known construction worker Martin Curtin who worked for the Deeley Group for 58 years, has a range of uses including safeguarding meetings and support sessions, parent meetings, interventions and SEN (special educational needs) sessions for the children.

    Andrea Sherratt, Principal of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Andy Street to the school and it was lovely to see him speaking to the children about what he does.

    “He was also really interested to hear how we have been coping during the pandemic and the measures we have put in place, such as the class bubbles, PPE, reconfiguration of classrooms, the removal of the majority of soft furnishings and our remote learning methods.

    “We were also able to show him some of the huge Christmas hampers we have made up for families in need across the area and chat about the work we are doing to support those less fortunate.

    “Whenever we ask for donations for worthy causes we’re always overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community so it was excellent for Andy to see this.

    “We also spoke to him about how we and the wider Romero Catholic Academy have developed a strong relationship with the Deeley Group. It is a collaboration between two large employers in the city, and they have been hugely supportive of us.

    “It was our first time welcoming Andy to the school, and we hope to see him again in the future.”

    Andy said: “It was brilliant to visit St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and meet with a number of children and staff members.

    “It has been an extremely challenging year for schools throughout the Midlands and right across the UK, so it was good hear first-hand about how the school has adapted as a result of the pandemic and overcome a number of challenges.

    “I was also very interested to hear more about the school’s relationship with the Deeley Group and visit the Martin Curtain Room, an area which is of huge importance at St Patrick’s.

    “It’s clear that the school and the company have a very strong sense of community spirit which was excellent to see.”

    PHOTO CAPTION – From left to right: Eleanor Deeley, Andy Street, Shanice Mbontie (6), Andrea Sherratt (Head teacher), Oliver Halys (9), Danielle Kingham (Deputy Head).

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  • A challenging but successful year

    This has been a challenging year for everyone – and certainly not one we could have anticipated 12 months ago.

    I have been at Deeley for more than half a century and I have never experienced anything similar to what we have all been through in 2020 and what is likely to continue well into 2021.

    The success of the Deeley Group over the last 84 years has been built on the high-quality team we have in the business and the great companies and people we work with, and never has that been more evident than this year.

    We have, across all our spheres of operation, adapted to the very necessary restrictions placed on us because of the pandemic and that has allowed us to keep delivering and keep driving forward.

    That has been true on site and in our offices. Those out on site have ensured that social distancing and other measures have been adhered to while still working on our projects, while many of our office staff seamlessly flipped to working from home.

    Those working arrangements changed according to the severity of lockdowns and, as we approach the end of the year, we are nowhere near back to normal working.

    The year has seen us work on a massively wide range of projects from private housing to care homes, from university faculties to retail units, and from coffee drive-throughs to advanced technology car-parks.

    We have continued to support our local communities – for example the Starley Sportive which we co-host raised almost £10,000 despite not taking place!

    I would therefore like to thank everyone – internal staff and external partners – for helping us all get through 2020 in such good shape.

    Next year is a big one for us – it’s our 85th anniversary – and for Coventry, with the UK City of Culture starting in May.

    However, the main priority is that we all stay safe and healthy so I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Peter Deeley, Managing Director

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  • HORIBA MIRA testing facility completes

    A Midlands construction firm has completed a new state-of-the-art test facility in Nuneaton to drive forward the development of automated parking solutions.

    The ASSURED CAV Parking facility will be used by HORIBA MIRA to create a realistic, controlled setting for testing automated parking technology, further cementing the Midlands at the forefront of automotive innovation.

    The facility was developed in partnership with Coventry University as part of the Trusted Intelligent Parking project, and forms part of HORIBA MIRA’s wider ASSURED CAV ecosystem – a first-of-its-kind location for developing connected and autonomous vehicles, set to open in March 2021.

    The parking facility is located on HORIBA MIRA’s existing City Circuit test facility and its completion marks the 10th project Deeley Construction has worked on at HORIBA MIRA.

    Deeley Construction has created a multi-storey car park consisting of three levels with off highway and on highway parking to replicate different types of car parking at the facility.

    The parking areas will be co-located in the HORIBA MIRA City Circuit, a safe, comprehensible and fully controllable purpose-built ‘cityscape’ test track environment, allowing verification of the transition from an urban driving environment into a dedicated parking facility.

    The facility will be supported by a ‘digital twin’ so users can replicate parking scenarios in simulation, enabling a wide range of CAV driving and parking scenarios to be tested in a virtual environment before being validated at the facility.

    Car passengers will exit their vehicle, for it to then find its own parking space, returning to the passenger at a designated waiting area when requested.

    Work has been completed during the Covid-19 pandemic with social distancing measures in place on site.

    Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “This has been a fascinating project to work on and we’re proud to be part of a project that could prove vital in automotive development over the coming years.

    “Our site team have been working on site for the past six months and have ensured works didn’t disrupt the day-to-day operations at HORIBA MIRA. Despite the pandemic and the challenges it brings, we have delivered the development on time and on target.

    “The development continues a 10-year strong association between HORIBA MIRA, MIRA Technology Park and Deeley Construction. We look forward to working in partnership with them on further developments in the future.”

    Declan Allen, managing director of HORIBA MIRA, said: “We’re very pleased to see construction complete on our new ASSURED CAV Parking facility, despite a challenging year Deeley delivered the project to the highest standards, on time and to budget.

    “The facility is a key pillar within our wider ASSURED CAV ecosystem which is due to open next year and will help to ensure the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles are safe and secure.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Martin Gallagher and Declan Allen.

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