A boom in infrastructure projects is set to keep output in the West Midlands construction industry growing over the next five years, according to a report.
The forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) says that road and rail projects will see output in the infrastructure sector soaring by more than 10% each year over the 2017-2021 period.
The massive £11 billion High Speed 2 rail link will make a substantial contribution to the gain, says CITB’s Construction Skills Network report.
A £1.8bn road improvement programme will also give the sector a boost, with works including the £335m motorway upgrades to the M6.
The CITB says that these big projects mean that overall construction output is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 1.3% per year for the next five years, with 14,000 jobs created.
Its report forecasts that the most in-demand roles in the West Midlands construction sector between 2017-21 include carpenters, electricians, and construction process managers (+1,550). There will also be significant demand for scaffolders, construction trades supervisors, labourers and surveyors.
One of our region’s companies the Deeley Group – which specialises in construction and property development – has been in business for more than eight decades in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Not only does that provide the company with a fine pedigree in all sectors of industry but also allows it to be an accurate judge of the area’s economy.
The Deeley Group is currently undertaking projects for HORIBA MIRA in the very north of the county through to a new 82-bed private rental apartment scheme for Orbit in Stratford-upon-Avon – with lots in between.
That not only underlines the expertise of the Deeley Group but, according to managing director Peter Deeley, shows that industry in Coventry and Warwickshire is doing well. He said: “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 Jaguar Land Rover is now a global brand and has clearly upped its game in terms of design, engineering and build quality.
“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 and that fuels inward investment and, consequently, development.”
Deeley has performed strongly in the education sector in recent years undertaking projects for both The University of Warwick and Coventry University, Warwick School, Warwickshire College Group and various academies.
One project – the creation of student accommodation at Warwickshire College Group’s Royal Leamington Spa College campus – only came to fruition because of Deeley’s contacts and experience in dealing with pension and investment funds.
Peter added: “The college was looking to a development team in the private sector to fund such a scale of operation. So we put forward a structured package of funding, designing and building of the units. After talks with the college, the fund we introduced purchased 100 existing student units and we are building 100 now.
“So the funder will end with an investment of 200 student units in a very good location in the centre of Leamington, where property values make that an attractive investment proposition.
“The significance is that it really shows what local companies can provide when it comes to need. In short, if you have the requirement for a new building or housing there are always ways of providing funding and the ability to deliver.
“It is a specialised area but we understand the way the funds need to be structured. We believe we have an overall view of development that allows us to structure a package so all requirements are met. The college has its student accommodation, Deeley Construction is completing a sizeable building contract and the funder has a good investment.”
The CITB public non-housing sector is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.6% in the short-term. A number of large projects will support expansion including the £500m Birmingham University campus redevelopment and a £37m science and health building at Coventry University, due for completion this year, says the CITB.
Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager for the West Midlands, said: “Although there is economic uncertainty, the West Midlands construction sector is set for growth, particularly in infrastructure.
“The outlook is positive because of a number of major projects either under way or in the pipeline. The biggest is HS2 which will provide multiple spin-offs in housing, business and recruitment opportunities.
“These projects and the job opportunities contractors are telling us about means this is a very good time to pursue a career in the construction industry. “CITB will continue working with employers to attract new talent into the construction industry and to train them for rewarding careers in the sector.”
Image: Warwick Hall, the new 1,000 -seat theatre at the centre of the Warwick School campus
Stagecoach moves into in new multi-million pound Midlands bus depot
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).
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
Work is underway on a major new building at a school in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Deeley Construction, part of the Coventry-based Deeley Group, is creating a new £1.5 million three-storey building at King Edward VI School that will include new classrooms, a library, a sixth form study and IT suites.
The company is also converting two classrooms in the main building into laboratories and the project will see the new facilities opened in the autumn of 2017.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said it was testament to his team that the company had won the competitive tender.
He said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver what is a major investment for King Edward VI School.
“While the building work is taking place to the rear of the main school building, we have still had to make provisions for the fact that there are pupils and staff in close proximity each day.
“We work regularly in educational environments, so we know only too well what needs to be put into place.
“This follows on from work we are already undertaking at Fordham House in Stratford and underlines our growing presence in the town, which we hope to build on.
“It’s been a positive start to 2017 for Deeley Construction and we are winning a great deal of repeat work as well as projects such as this where it is for a new client at competitive tender.”
Bennet Carr, Headmaster, King Edward VI School, said: “This is a vital development in the evolution of the School.
“The new building – housing the English Department, a new library and sixth form study and a suite of computing rooms – will provide state-of-the art facilities to help us maintain the very highest standards of education.”
Pictured left to right – Mike Hawley (Bursar), Bennet Carr (Headmaster), Martin Gallagher and Site Manager Graham Hill
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