Sheena Croston, the manager of Brackley Care Home, which will open in the town’s Wellington Road at the beginning of November, said: “We had some great suggestions and it was so difficult to decide on winners I have given prizes to everyone who took part in the naming competition.”
After much deliberation, she has chosen to name the upstairs dementia units the Rainbow Suite, reflecting the positive symbol of the coronavirus pandemic, and the McGowan Suite, honouring Emma McGowan, alumni and community relations manager at Winchester House, who runs the Brackley Community Dementia Friendly Choir.
The nursing and residential units downstairs are to be named the Delia Frost suite, honouring the popular matron of the former Brackley Community Hospital, and the Captain Sir Tom Moore suite, recognising the centenarian’s herculean fundraising for the NHS.
The McGowan Suite was the suggestion of Winchester House School teacher Mark Keating who said: “Emma has raised awareness of dementia both within the school and the wider community.”
Mrs Croston said: “Emma McGowan has told me she would love to come to our opening and to bring the children to sing once Covid is no longer an issue..
“I have already spoken to her about involving our residents in the choir as I am passionate about us become active in the community.”
The Delia Frost suite was the suggestion of Suzanne Gray, the school’s well-being mentor, who recalled: “Delia was the matron at the Brackley Cottage Hospital for many years, bringing many children into this world. She had a poodle called Rosie who used to wander around the wards.”
Mrs Croston said: “Delia Frost died some years ago and has no family. However, I appealed for information about her on Facebook and, it is clear from more than 50 replies, she was a much loved and respected person in the town.”
Delia Ann Domachowski, who was named after the matron, is proud to have been the 1000th baby she delivered at the hospital.
She wrote to Mrs Croston: “I had a chat to my dad Peter Feagan and he said she was the softest sweetest lady you would ever meet. He said both Delia and Ann – a sister at the hospital – were designed to be nurses.
“I hope they would both be proud of me now nursing Dad, maybe something in my namesakes that has led me into caring roles during my life.”
Joanne Burke wrote: “Delia delivered me in 1962. She was my inspiration for becoming a nurse. From the age of 14, I volunteered at Brackley Cottage Hospital every Sunday afternoon.”
Mrs Croston said the Rainbow suite was a popular choice of several children; imaginative names not chosen included The Sunshine Home, Forget Me Not and the Dame Vera Lynn suite.
Brackley Care Home has been built by Midlands-based Deeley Construction for Kingsley Healthcare, ranked a top 20 national large care home group by the review site carehome.co.uk.
About 20 staff have already been recruited, ranging from nurses and support workers to kitchen staff and housekeepers; when the home approaches full occupancy it will employ more than 100 people.
The 66 bedroom care home features modern en-suite bedrooms.
Luxury features include a cinema room, library, café, hairdressing salon, quiet lounges and a conservatory.
Outside, there will be extensive gardens with beautiful landscape architecture, including a water feature.
CAPTION: Emma McGowan with two groups of children in the choir.
Whitnash’s 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.
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. An additional £20k for external elements such as landscaping, parking, electric vehicle charging points and bike racks was raised through a local crowdfunding campaign with the remaining costs covered by a public works loan of £250k taken by the Town Council.
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “While we have worked across the Midlands, our roots are very firmly in Coventry and Warwickshire. Therefore as a local contractor we are delighted to be working on this project.
“We have worked closely with Whitnash Town Council and their partners during the pandemic to help bring this scheme forward.
“For more than 80 years we have delivered developments and engaged with community groups in Warwick District and we’re very happy to be able to continue this here.”
District and Town Councillor for Whitnash, Councillor Tony Heath commented: “A Civic Centre and Library on Acre Close has been a priority for our local community since it was identified by public consultation in our Neighbourhood Plan. I am therefore very pleased that thanks to support from Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council and the efforts of local businesses and residents, this vital multi-functional facility will soon be up and running for the benefit of everyone in our town.”
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Cllr Andrew Day commented: “The great town of Whitnash deserves nothing less than a strong community hub. Today, as work begins on this historic project, we also celebrate what can be achieved when we come together and focus on the needs of our community. This major investment is built on years of hard work to create a modern Civic Centre and Library fit for the future of this growing and changing town. When completed next year, the Centre will I’m sure, not only bring benefits to local residents, but provide new jobs and confidence at a critical time for our district.”
Councillor Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer & Transformation, commented: “We have worked closely with our Town and District Council partners to fund and develop this project, so it is wonderful to see that work has now started. We are looking forward to our library service becoming a key part of a vibrant hub of activity for the community, bringing together a number of local services in a central location in Whitnash.”
Pictured from left to right Martin Gallagher (Managing Director Deeley Construction), Councillor Judy Falp (Whitnash Town Council), Councillor Tony Heath (Whitnash Town Council), Councillor Pam Redford (Vice-Chairman Warwick District Council), Councillor Andrew Day (Leader, Warwick District Council).
Deeley Construction has an excellent reputation with clients and sub-contractors alike but we thought there was a better way of working with those businesses we employ and on whom our reputation relies.
We spoke to our contracts managers, site managers, surveyors and estimators and asked them which companies we worked well with and, also, to identify where there had been any issues. As I mentioned previously, they were open discussions and it was the right time to find a new way of working.
Initially, we sent a questionnaire to several sub-contractors and asked for complete honesty. We wanted to know what businesses thought about working with Deeley – from health and safety through to settling accounts. The feedback was very positive.
It also gave us some really useful information on the different businesses – if a sub-contractor was performing well, we didn’t want to overload them with work that would have been too much and, equally, we don’t want to be under-using them if they had proved they could meet demands without compromising on quality.
We then invited several sub-contractors, from a variety of trades, in for meetings and said we wanted to look at the relationship as more of a partnership with them. Just merely holding the meetings was a great start. You could tell that they all liked the fact we were talking to them on level terms and that began the process of building towards partnership working.
Following that process, we now have several partners from all of the major trades that we tap into and we can bring them in to discuss projects at the tendering stage of the process. They can give objective views on how quickly and how costly certain elements of a contract will be and it means we can often save our client money and, also, be much more accurate with our timescales. Everybody wins.
That’s not to say that we don’t want to hear from other sub-contractors. We do, 100 per cent, but this process has just allowed us to develop those partnerships with businesses rather than starting from scratch whenever we start to tender for a job.
This all took place prior to the Covid-19 crisis but, in my view, it has really stood us in good stead since the pandemic hit.
There were those first few weeks when the advice for the construction sector was, at best, ambiguous but we were very quick to get back on site in a safe and socially distanced way as soon as we could.
And, having had those conversations and meetings with our sub-contractor partners, it meant we had great buy-in from them and it meant we lost much less time on sites than could have otherwise been the case.
Companies such as M&T, Nedlon and Drywall – to name but a few (and there were certainly plenty of others) – meant our work on everything from care homes through to a new high-tech car park at HORIBA MIRA could continue at a pace.
So, there’s no doubt that partnership working has helped us during the crisis but I believe it is going to produce even better results for all of us when we finally get back to normal.
Site E3a Lion Court is a development of 44 premium one and two bed apartments on the bank of the River Nene at Southbridge.
The seven-storey scheme has now reached its highest point and a social-distanced topping out ceremony has been held by the development partners.
It comprises of a five-storey block with a river view penthouse occupying floors six and seven, and is the first development to be undertaken by Northampton-based developers H&F Enterprise UK Limited.
It is expected to be finished in February 2021 and work is being completed by Deeley Construction on behalf of the developer.
The development was initially scheduled for completion in Autumn of this year however this was pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Significant interest has already been shown in the apartments by first time buyers, investors, post-graduates and professionals attending and working at the nearby University of Northampton Waterside Campus.
Yan (Henry) Qu, Director of H&F Enterprise, said: “To have reached such a major milestone in our flagship project is an exciting moment for us.
“We’re looking to appeal to a younger market demographic with the apartments and they will be completed to a very high specification and standard.
“The development is in prime position and since work has started on site we have been inundated with enquiries from prospective buyers, from people already living in Northampton and those looking to move into the town.
“The topping out ceremony was a key point in the development, and it was fantastic to bring partners together for the event, including our construction partner Deeley Construction and our multidisciplinary planning and design team.
“This is a truly exciting scheme for Northampton and we’re confident it will bring great benefits to the community.”
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, added: “Our team have been working on-site throughout the Covid-19 pandemic on this development and it is fantastic to see it now reach its high point.
“We are an award-winning firm for our work in private residential developments, and this proven experience shines through here.
“This is a premium development in a prime position, delivered to the highest standards, and the interest already from potential buyers shows how highly sought-after property of this type is in Northampton.”
Pictured: Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) , Yan (Henry) Qu and Fan Zhang (H&F Enterprise) and Yousuf Miah (Development Planner).
Deeley Group has welcomed three new members to its team based at George House on Coventry Business Park.
Tom Jeffrey has joined as a trainee quantity surveyor, Jack McQuillan as a trainee site manager and the Group has also brought on board Denisa Zaharie as a PR and marketing intern.
Tom, 17 from Earlsdon, is undertaking a Level 3 extended diploma in Construction in the Built Environment at Royal Leamington Spa College alongside his role, funded by Deeley Group.
He said: “I came to Deeley on work experience last year and decided I would like to become a quantity surveyor during that work placement. I’m looking forward to learning more about the role.”
Jack, 16 from Stivichall, is completing the same course as Tom and also joined the company after a successful work placement from school.
He said: “After coming here on work placement I developed an understanding of the company, liked the people and was really pleased to then get a job here. My dad is a plasterer so I’ve always hoped to work in construction. My plan is to keep learning and hopefully move up the ladder at Deeley Group.”
Denisa, 21 from Romania, is studying Media and Communications at Coventry University and will be working closely with the marketing team on content creation and planning.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for me to learn how to apply the skills from my studies to the real world. I hope to be able to evolve my own skillset during my year here, whilst also helping to support the expansion of the company’s profile.”
Deeley Group is a member of The 5% Club, a group of more than 250 employers committed to developing the skills of young people.
The new starters bring the number of trainees currently working for the Deeley Group on a full-time basis up to seven – with further existing staff members also completing a range of further learning programmes.
The company is therefore going above the 5% Club target by ensuring 15% of its workforce is supported via one of its training programmes.
Around 20 per cent of the firm’s existing workforce has come through a trainee, apprenticeship or graduate programme.
Matthew Lynch, Commercial Manager at the Deeley Group added: “We have a long-standing commitment at the Deeley Group to supporting the development of talented young people and we’re pleased to bring Denisa, Jack and Tom on board.
“I have taken this route through my career at Deeley and have seen my own development benefit from it.
“Jack and Tom will be following a similar path and it is fantastic they are looking to develop careers in construction, especially with the skills shortage continuing to be one of the biggest issues facing the industry.
“Denisa joins us for 12 months as part of her year-out from Coventry University and, in the short time she has been with us, has impressed with her ability and attitude.
“Despite the difficult economic landscape we face today it’s crucial that young people are given opportunities to thrive in the industry, and we look forward to supporting their development over the coming months and years.”
Deeley Group often supports local schools and colleges by placing school and college students on work placements, and also works closely with a range of educational institutions across the West Midlands.
Pictured: Jack McQuillan, Denisa Zaharie, Tom Jeffrey and Matthew Lynch.
A multi-million pound development of apartments for the elderly has been completed in Coventry City Centre.
Bond’s Lodge, a £6.8 million three-storey development on Hill Street, features 45 self-contained apartments and a large courtyard garden for residents to enjoy.
Deeley Construction completed the project, which was designed by Nicol Thomas Architects on behalf of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities.
The new development is the latest addition to the Almshouses in Coventry, which were founded in the early 1500s and are now sheltered housing schemes for elderly citizens in the city.
It will take the number of residents within the Almhouses to over 150 – rising from 11 in 1506.
The development has been funded by the charity’s own resources, fundraising, a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank.
There are already 30 new residents ready to move in to the new apartments in October, with the remaining spaces expected to be filled over the next few weeks.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, said: “It’s thrilling to see it completed. The flats are stunning, the kitchens and bathrooms are really lovely and I think the residents will be over the moon.
“It’s going to deliver real benefits to people in the area. It’s for people who have housing difficulties and have financial needs.
“Deeley Construction have been really good to work with and the quality of the workmanship speaks for itself. The charity is now over 500 years old and we still have the existing buildings. So we have every expectation that these will last us another 500 years!
“We feel fortunate that this site became available close to two of our principal Almhouses, so it creates a little village right in the middle of the city.”
The development was awarded to Deeley Construction under the Homes England DPP3 framework.
It marks the final piece of the Belgrade Plaza redevelopment for the Deeley Group, nearly 14 years after the firm’s first development in the area.
Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It’s amazing to see Bond’s Lodge come alive and it is an excellent product as part of the mixed-use scheme at Belgrade Plaza.
“We believe it is an exemplar of city centre living with retirement living next to student and market rental, therefore a real example of intergenerational living and how new communities can be developed.
“Our work here started over a decade ago and was a catalyst for much needed regeneration in Coventry, so it’s a huge milestone for us to see it completed.
“This is an extra-care scheme for local people, which will enable them to live in the centre of the city and thrive in a fantastic environment.”