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    Deeley continues commitment to Wyken community

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Work begins on new Whitnash Civic Centre & Library

The building of a much anticipated new Civic Centre and Library for Whitnash has began with a traditional ground breaking ceremony, led by Whitnash Town Council, along with representatives from project partners Warwick District Council, Warwickshire County Council and contractors Deeley Construction.

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).

Blog: Working in partnership with our sub-contractors

Matt Lynch, Commercial Manager, Deeley Construction

About 18 months ago, we decided to assess the way we worked with sub-contractors and had some quite open discussions internally about the way we wanted to move forward.

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.

 

Deeley continues commitment to Wyken community

A Coventry family-firm is continuing a near 70-year commitment to improving a community in Wyken.

Deeley Group has started work on a fourth development in the area – after already building a school, church and church hall since the 1950s.

The latest project, which is being delivered in partnership with housing provider Stonewater, will see the construction of 39 affordable new homes at a redundant brownfield site on Tiverton Road.

It is being led by Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director at the Deeley Group, who follows in the footsteps of her father and grandfather in leading developments in Wyken.

George W. Deeley, who founded the company in 1936, was on-site for the building of nearby St John Fisher School in the mid-1950s.

The school was one of the first built in post-war Coventry and was the first school built by the company.

A 12-year-old Peter Deeley, now managing director, learned to drive a dumper truck for the first time on the development as he got his first taste of the world of construction.

He returned 20 years later to build the St John Fisher Church, providing a church for the parish that was formed in the 1960s.

And, 20 years on, Deeley were back in Wyken again, with current Deeley Construction managing director Martin Gallagher working as a quantity surveyor on the construction of the church’s parish hall in 1991.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “We have a long history of developments in the area and are now adding new housing to the numerous benefits we have brought to Wyken.

“My career in construction started on site in the area in the 1950s. But it’s safe to say health and safety regulations have come a long way since then, as I was given the chance to drive a dumper as a young boy!

“At the time, our yard was based just up the road in Stoke and the completion of St John Fisher School was the first school the firm built.

“The church was an interesting project and has been of huge value to the community, with the addition of the parish hall giving more space for people to come together.

“We have committed almost seven decades to improving lives for people living in Wyken and the new housing development at Tiverton Road is the next step in our development in the area.”

Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “To be following in the family footsteps by bringing more important resources to this community is a great honour.

“As a child I recall going into the company offices on a Saturday, the family values are ingrained into me, and over the last 20 years I’ve seen the firm complete a wide range projects to improve the lives of people in communities around Coventry.

“By taking a short walk around the area you can see the positive impact the firm has had through the years and the housing project will bring further benefit to the people of Wyken.”

Matthew Crucefix, director of development (West) for Stonewater said: “We’re delighted to once again be working with Deeley Group on this project.

“It is important to Stonewater to work with partner organisations who know, understand and respect the local community in which we work.

“Over the years we’ve established a great working relationship with Deeley Group both as Stonewater during the last five years and with legacy organisation, Jephson Housing Association, prior Stonewater’s creation.

“We are delighted to be building much needed new affordable homes back in Warwickshire so soon after the completion of our joint scheme at Feather Lane in Nuneaton.

“Our work locally really demonstrates our joint commitment to help tackle the housing crisis and do what we can to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a place to call home.”

Pictured: Matthew Crucefix (Stonewater), Eleanor Deeley (Deeley Group) and Peter Deeley. (Deeley Group).

Northampton apartment scheme hits new heights

A luxury apartment scheme in Northampton has reached a major construction milestone as interest from prospective buyers ramps up.

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).

Bringing through the next generation

A Midlands developer and contractor is continuing its commitment to supporting the next generation by taking on a trio of young professionals.

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.

£6.8 million development of apartments for elderly completes

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.”

Deeley Construction completes £950k University of Warwick lab extension

Work on a new extension to a laboratory building at the University of Warwick to house a colossal magnet that will be used for cutting-edge national research has been completed.

Coventry contractor and developer Deeley Construction has handed over the extension to the Millburn House based Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility after completing the £950,000 construction contract.

The single-storey extension features a lobby, plantroom and an NMR hall.

It will house the UK’s first 1 GHz solid-state NMR spectrometer – which is built around an incredibly powerful magnet – that will be used by scientists from across the UK in research for a range of applications and industries including pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and materials research.

The whole project was made possible by £8 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a wider £20 million investment in the cutting-edge technology across the country.

Deeley Construction completed the project in a controlled environment due to the close proximity of the other academic departments. The wider project team included Ridge & Partners (employers’ representative), BMJ Architects, CPW (consultant M&E design engineers) and Scott White & Hookins (structural engineers).

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “As a company, we have worked on many varied projects and this extension at Millburn House is a further example of that. I’ve certainly developed my understanding of NMR technology!

“The project has been delivered via the University’s Lot 1 contractors framework which made it a very strong partnership between everyone involved and that is always the best way to produce a positive result, which is exactly what we have here.

“As a Coventry-based company, we are very proud to have played a part in this nationally significant research facility that will bring scientists from all over the country to the University of Warwick.”

Professor Steven Brown in the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics and Director of the UK High-Field Solid-State NMR Facility, said: “The Millburn House based Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre at the University of Warwick is the largest solid-state NMR laboratory in the UK which currently houses the 850 MHz High Field National Facility.

“As part of the EPSRC/BBSRC research councils’ initiative to expand the national high field solid-state NMR capability, a state-of-the-art 1 GHz instrument is being added to the Millburn House Facility to enhance the research profile and international competitiveness of the UK biological, pharmaceutical and materials research programmes.

“Deeley was tasked with the construction of a new wing to the Millburn House Magnetic Resonance Centre, which has been constructed to house the new Bruker 1 GHz solid-state NMR instrument.”

More details on the EPSRC grant and the new spectrometer can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/uks_first_1/

Pictured (left to right): Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction), Steven Brown (University of Warwick, Dinu Iuga (University of Warwick)

Has Covid-19 made the future look more male?

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, on how the pandemic has impacted diversity in the sector.

As the UK begins to come back to the workplace, there is masses of talk around the “new normal” and what that will look like.

Will it mean more time working from home? Will more of us cycle to work? Will real face-to-face meetings be a thing of the past?

It is, on many of the major issues, too early to say. However, I think the “new normal” in many professions will look more male.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that gender equality in the workplace may well take a step back several decades.

This is a bold statement for me, as I am an optimist, someone who has avoided women only organisations and believes that we all stand equal based on our results, but Covid-19 has changed my perspective.

We have surveyed all our staff – the majority of which are male – around the return to work and childcare, and asked if there is any reason that while the schools are not back that staff cannot return to work. The overwhelming response was no.

While that is great for us as a company, I would suggest that the response was driven by the fact that people’s female partners and wives are predominantly the ones who take responsibility for childcare.

As much as it should not be the case, I suspect that in a large majority of cases, the woman in a relationship has more responsibility for childcare, cooking and housework but also holds down a job.

That means that over the months of lockdown when childcare has not been easy to come by, women have had to make more of a compromise. That should not be the case, but it is and that cannot be right.

It is just one example of how Covid has magnified differences – differences between nations, differences between genders, differences between education systems, and it has only acted to highlight how much more there is to do to really bring equality in all aspects of life.

I have worked in property for 20 years now and the industry has definitely changed in terms of equality.

There is certainly a lot less alcohol than there used to be and that has made it much easier for women as a great deal of business was done in the bar after work or even on the golf course – and although I am rather fond of a round of sambucas I could never fit in a round of golf with raising two children!

Most of the changes which have been brought about, have come with the changing times and differing attitudes, but actually the recession played a part in that, as the extra-curricular activities were vastly reduced purely by financial necessity and life moved into coffee shops rather than bars.

Clients have also driven and shaped that change. As you get more investment, funds move further into property to increase their returns, it becomes more analytical and factual and less based on connections, and has meant it is more about what you know than who you know.

But, of course, there is so much more to do. I recently spoke at a secondary school in Coventry about the careers that are available in the property industry, but I still think that, as a sector, we are behind the likes of accountancy and law when it comes to attracting a wide range of young people into the industry.

There is certainly a great awareness in the industry of the need for more diversity, and that is not just in terms of gender or ethnicity, but also socio-economically. Take work experience – a great deal of placements are set up through contacts, and you could have real potential but without that network, it may not get the chance to be realised.

Not only is that morally wrong, it also means the industry is missing out on great talent. Some of the leading players have programmes which are addressing that, but lack of accessibility is a real issue.

Of course, everyone in business is focused around trying to keep companies going and people employed but it would be a tragedy if many of the advances in diversity are yet another victim of this wretched virus.