It’s been a whirlwind since joining Deeley Construction under two years ago and it’s safe to say I have learnt a lot in a short space of time.
Prior to setting out on a career in construction I worked in video production, but moving industries is one of the best decisions I have made – and there are two people I can thank for that decision, my sister and Chris Newman, a contracts manager here at the firm.
It was my sister who first encouraged me to look at construction and then Chris who pushed for me to join up with Deeley Construction and undertake further training and qualifications.
After a month working as an assistant on a housing development, I moved onto managing a refurbishment project at University of Warwick. I was the only site manager on that project and again I can thank Chris for speaking to the directors and stating that he thought I already had the ability to manage the job.
Since then, I have worked on multiple other projects, most notably the Aviator House mixed-use development at Haddenham and now, alongside the same team, we are starting work on an Extra Care development at Didcot.
At Didcot I have more formal responsibilities again and it will be another important step in my development.
When I was at school, and I think to some extent this is still true today, there wasn’t much information shared about construction and the vast range of opportunities available within the industry.
There are so many branches on the construction tree, that simply aren’t known to young people.
I’ve had the experience of working in another industry and it feels a lot more secure and stable with construction. Over the last 12 months the industry has continued to work through the pandemic and has proved crucial to the economy.
I like the comradery of working in the industry – you’re regularly working with people from different walks of life and it has great social benefits.
There is a great sense of pride when you see a project come through after a long build process.
My digital background and keen attention to detail have been valuable transferrable skills from my previous career. It’s important to me that a job is completed to the highest possible standard, whilst understanding the benefit of implementing technology into my day-to-day role to increase efficiency.
Deeley Construction has been a great support and invested a lot of time and resource into my development. They know better than most the benefits of investing in trainees, with managing director Martin Gallagher and construction director Steve Turner both coming through the trainee pathway.
I’m on the verge of completing my two-year HSC qualification and then from October will be studying BSc Construction Management at Birmingham City University – all of this has been funded by the company.
My focus is the continued development of my skills and knowledge, whilst taking on new challenges and guidance from people like Chris Newman to become a well-rounded and experienced site manager for the firm.
Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed by LondonMetric Property to build the new 10,000 sq ft store just south of the city centre.
The retail unit will be built on the land adjacent to the existing DFS store on John Kempe Way and work is also being completed to renovate the front of the existing DFS store by Deeley Construction.
Work is expected to be completed by September 2021, with the store expected to open to customers by the end of the year
The £1.8 million development will be sustainably built and is expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent status, the world’s leading sustainability accreditation.
Deeley Construction will be using responsibly sourced sustainable materials during the build, and will also be installing photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate energy, with electric vehicle charging points in the car park too.
The store has been designed by architects R G Partnership, and the development will be project managed by Sharman Projects.
Steve Turner, construction director at Deeley Construction, said: “As partners with LondonMetric Property on this development we have been involved from the early stages of the scheme and it is great to see work starting up on site.
“Deeley Construction has supported with value engineering and assisted with closing pre-commencement planning conditions, demonstrating our ability to provide end-to-end support for clients.
“From our early discussions with LondonMetric we concluded that this would be a sustainable build and we have been taking steps to improve the sustainability factor of the build.
“The work is being completed in a live retail environment and our team have ensured there will be minimal disruption for customers visiting the adjacent DFS store.
“The new store will generate employment for people living in the area and be a strong addition to the retail offering in south Birmingham.”
Tom Pinder, Development Manager of LondonMetric Property, said: “We are excited to be working with Deeley Construction on this development.
“Having worked together on a number of projects previously, we have developed a strong partnership, which ultimately helps us harness our combined strengths to deliver excellent quality real estate for our occupiers.”
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Matthews (R G Partnership), Tom Pinder (LondonMetric) and Paul Sharman (Sharman Projects).
Insider’s Midlands Residential Property Awards is now in its sixth year and Deeley Group is in the running for three of the 15 categories available.
The £3.9 million development of the Coal Yard Road in Ryton-in-Dunsmore has been shortlisted in two categories – Small Residential Project of the Year and Residential Regeneration Project of the year.
The project was delivered in partnership with Platform Housing, Rugby Borough Council and Homes England.
It was formerly a coal yard and the brownfield site is now home to 21 affordable properties. The shortlist also sees Platform Housing nominated for the Social Housing award.
Deeley Group has also been shortlisted in the Skills & Training Scheme of the Year category.
This is for the delivery of the training scheme whereby it regularly promotes the integration of trainees into all departments of the business including site management, quantity surveying, administration, accounting and marketing.
Currently 16 per cent of its workforce is in the trainee programme or undergoing further education.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was named Property Personality of the Year at the awards in 2012.
He said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories for the 2021 Insider Midlands Residential Property Awards.
“The Coal Yard development at Ryton-on-Dunsmore demonstrates the value you can create from a redundant brownfield site through a regeneration project.
“It meets regional priorities for ‘brownfield first’ development and we are continuing this with our latest affordable housing development in Wyken, Coventry, with Stonewater.
“Our commitment to training and developing staff is something we are immensely proud of at the Deeley Group, so we are very pleased that our training scheme has also received recognition by being shortlisted this year.”
The event has secured 77 submissions from 46 organisations, compared to last year’s 60 entries.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner on Thursday, June 24 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
The Deeley Group has a long history of delivering high-quality developments across a range of sectors – and we have continued that pattern with a strong start to 2021.
The foundation for these developments can be found in partnerships, something we pride ourselves on at Deeley Group and that continue to be fruitful in providing a stream of varied projects.
We have a trio of projects underway in the retail sector, including two developments in Birmingham.
The new store in Hamstead, Birmingham, is the latest contract we have been awarded under the Lidl contractor framework
We have also built trusted partnerships with organisations such as Ziran Land to deliver a new Costa Coffee drive-thru in Wolverhampton and with LondonMetric to build a new Sofology store in Birmingham.
The benefits of partnerships and building relationships are clear and we have recently embarked on our third development for major supermarket chain Lidl.
It’s important to us that projects we carry out have a enhancing impact on the communities we are working within, and our work in healthcare and education is the perfect platform for this.
Earlier this month we saw work start on a £11.3 million Extra Care Living development in Didcot for Housing 21 – another prime example of partnership working to full effect, as we are now onto our second project with Housing21.
We understand the specific requirements of the operators and their residents, delivering schemes that create lasting value for all stakeholders. As a family business, people and the community are at the heart of everything we do.
Education and Public Sector
Then, in our home city of Coventry, we have started work on transforming a school in the east of the city. We have worked closely with Coventry City Council to deliver this project in time for the new school term.
As well as the development providing clear benefits to the community through new education provision, we have also ensured that local subcontractors are used on the development and all of the on-site subcontractors are based within 30 miles of the site.
We have also worked with Coventry University to enhance research and development capabilities at five of its facilities at the Coventry University Technology Park – which will of course have a positive knock-on effect on the economy in the city and wider region.
Our history as a contractor and a developer shows our ability to assist clients early on with brief and planning. This allows us to build strong relationships from the start of projects and can result in repeat business for the future. Currently 85% of our work has been secured through negotiation or with existing clients.
Collaboration is key and we’re proud that our staff reflect that ethos in their day-to-day work. The work of our design and build team in engaging with clients on a project from the planning stage and communicating information effectively is a great example of that.
Our ability to work across a broad range of sectors has served us well during the pandemic.
In a tough market, we haven’t been a firm that has chased turnover or cut any corners. We have ensured a high standard of development that meets our client’s needs, whatever the sector.
Again, that is an ethos which has served us well for 85 years and will continue to do so long into the future
A new multi-million pound Dunelm Mill store has welcomed customers for the first time in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
The 22,000 sq ft unit at Wolstanton Retail Park has been built by Midlands-based Deeley Construction and has finally been able to open its doors following the Government’s announcement that non-essential retail could reopen from April 12.
The store has employed around 60 new local members of staff and has been purpose-built for the retailer by Deeley Construction.
Work was completed in October 2020 and carried out entirely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dunelm Mill now has 174 shops, including the new Wolstanton store, and has seen its value rise to £2.8 billion over the last 12 months.
The store was officially opened by Emily Petts, co-founder of Alice Charity which supports families living in poverty in the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Staff have been working closely with community groups ahead of opening, including collecting blankets for City Dogs Home and Alice Charity.
Members of the Dunelm Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Support group on Facebook were invited to be the first customers of the store – with people queuing up from 7.30am to see inside the huge new store.
The spacious store features a make and mend department to encourage repair and reuse of products.
It also features a café, extended decorating offer and sells a vast selection of homeware and home furnishing goods – for which Dunelm is renowned for around the country.
The cafe will be opening from May 17 and will include afternoon teas as part of its offering.
Deeley Construction also completed work to improve the foundations of the existing Matalan unit and ensure a fire safety route from Marks & Spencer was maintained.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s brilliant to see the store finally open after what has been an incredibly difficult few months for retailers across the country.
“With people queuing up to be the first into the store that proves there is a huge demand for a retailer of this type in the area and it is already providing a huge boost to the local economy, with new jobs and additional footfall for the retail park.
“Our team delivered this development on site during the Covid-19 pandemic and in a live environment, with many customers still visiting Wolstanton Retail Park during the build.
“We ensured there was as little disruption as possible to other businesses and the new Dunelm store is the latest addition to a thriving retail landscape in the area.”
Midlands-based developer Deeley Group is delivering the new development on the Birmingham New Road and Spring Road junction.
Deeley Properties, a division of the Deeley Group, worked in partnership with Ziran Land Ltd and the land owners Forty Four Club to bring forward the scheme.
It is expected to be completed by September 2021 and will create five full-time and 12 part-time jobs.
The companies are delivering a finished building for Costa, who will enter into a 15-year lease, and Deeley Construction has now started work on site.
It includes four electric vehicle charging bays which will be leased and operated by Osprey Charging Network Ltd. As part of the development, a new access road will be created and shared by the Forty Four Club, Osprey and the new Costa drive-thru.
Andrew Brazier, development consultant to Deeley Properties, said: “This showcases the versatility of the Deeley Group and being able to follow a development through from conception to completion of construction.
“We have worked in partnership with Ziran Land, Holt Commercial and Forty Four Club to put together an appealing package for Costa Coffee.
“The development will bring numerable benefits to the local community, with Forty Four Club investing the proceeds from the sale back into the club and its facilities. It is also creating jobs for local people and improving a well-loved community hub.
“We look forward to seeing the development completed later this year and serving customers in Wolverhampton.”
Holt Commercial, chartered surveyors with offices in Birmingham and Coventry, concluded an investment sale for the completed property to Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society. Wade and Partners acted on behalf of the investor.
David Allen, a Director of Holt Commercial, added: “We have seen significant growth and interest in this sector over the last few years and we expect that to continue both in the Midlands and around the country.
“Drive-thru restaurants have proved resilient over the Covid-19 period both in trading and investment terms. The junction of Birmngham New Road and Spring Road is a prime location for a development of this type and proved very attractive for the investor.
“We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Deeley Properties and Ziran Land on further deals in the future.”