Around 500 cyclists achieved a hat-trick of aims as the city’s Starley Sportive helped raise around £13,000 for charity.
The sportive – named after the Coventry men who invented the modern bicycle – was one of the first mass participation events celebrating the city’s 12 months as European City of Sport.
Riders, who set off from the headquarters of Coventry firm Deeley Group on Coventry Business Park took on one of three courses – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or an epic 86.5 mile challenge – in the event’s biggest ever field.
This year riders who took part in the event, which was organised Coventry Road Club, and supported by property company Deeley Group, raised money for a wide range of charities but Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice was the official charity for the day.
Ian Court, Race Secretary at Coventry Road Club, said the event had been a real celebration of the reasons why Coventry was European City of Sport.
“This was a mass participation event in every sense. We had some very good riders who did the longest course, while others just wanted to on a bike to help a good cause,” he said.
“It allowed riders to blow away those winter cobwebs, raise money for charity and also celebrated will be a memorable year for the city.”
This year’s event had been expanded to 500 and there was a waiting list, while some commemorative kit which was produced for the club had sold out.
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “The day could not have gone better. The weather was really kind to the riders, we had great help from a huge number of volunteers and everyone came back with smiles on their faces and gave great feedback from the event.
“This year is also Coventry’s Year of Wellbeing, and the event underlined just how important exercise is in helping people say fit physically and mentally.
“There was a real energy on the day and very much a sense of collective achievement.”
The race was stared by Lord Mayor Councillor John Blundell and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s Vic Minnett.
Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, was also there to see the riders on their way.
He said: “Cycling has so many benefits from a physical and mental point of view, and obviously it is a very green form of transport. The Starley Sportive is a great event and I was delighted that it sold out in our year as City of Sport. It really was inspiring to see so many people making such an effort for so many good causes.”
WCS Care’s new £7.5 million care home in Warwick is a step closer to completion after passing a major construction milestone.
The roof of Woodside Care Village on Spinney Hill is now complete and internal work has recently started at the deluxe village-style experience for 72 residents including older people and people with dementia, which will open in Autumn 2019.
It will feature family-scale households for six or seven people with ensuite bedrooms for everyone, as well as a spa, salon, cinema, and café plus table tennis and a side-by-side bike-for-two, complete with a cycle track – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.
The state-of-the-art home has been designed for Warwickshire-based charity WCS Care by local architects Robothams and will encourage people to spend more time outdoors, which has benefits to health and wellbeing.
External walkways will replace internal corridors and an open-air courtyard will provide easy access to features including a shop and traditional launderette.
Built by Coventry-based Deeley Construction, Woodside Care Village will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive.
Smart phone apps connected to mobile care monitoring will mean carers spend more time with residents. It’s linked to a Relative’s Gateway, where people can check and interact with their loved ones’ care 24-hours a day, wherever they are with an internet connection.
A ‘topping-out’ ceremony was held this week (Tuesday 26 February 2019) to mark the three-story home reaching its highest point.
Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: ‘In all WCS Care homes, our ambition is that every day is well lived for our residents – that means we provide plenty of opportunities for people to try something new and enjoy what they’ve always done.
‘We’re really excited because we’re creating a home at Woodside Care Village that’s designed specifically to deliver this ambition for the people who will live there.
‘And marking this construction milestone means we’re a step closer to welcoming the first residents through our doors in the autumn.’
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A Leamington development has been recognised with a double nomination at a prestigious industry awards.
Union Park has been shortlisted in the Regeneration and Residential categories at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2019 for the West Midlands.
The £29 million development comprises of 147 affordable homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham – developed by Deeley Group on behalf of Orbit Homes.
The shortlist recognises the 25 of the region’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects – with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, May 8.
Regional winners will then go on to the RICS Awards Grand Final in November, as the overall UK winner in each category is decided.
All regional winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Fordham House – also built by Deeley – has also been nominated in the Residential category.
The project comprises 82 high-quality apartments and was developed by Orbit Homes in partnership with Deeley Construction and ABD Developments.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “It is fantastic news to have projects shortlisted in not one, but two categories at these prestigious industry awards.
“The RICS Awards are a wonderful showcase of projects across the West Midlands and the strength of industry in the region is reflected in the projects shortlisted.
“Being shortlisted highlights the success of the project at Union Park and it would be a great honour to pick up an award in either category on the night.”
Bryony Martin, Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands judging panel, Director of Cost Management at AECOM said: “This years’ shortlisted projects have made real impact on local communities: attracting more visitors and inward investment, providing much needed housing or delivering vital services and infrastructure.
“The RICS Awards celebrate these successes as well as the talent and collaborative working of the teams behind them – delivering energy efficient and environmentally friendly projects, on time and to budget.”
Work is underway on a new look home for the Coventry branch of Samaritans in Earlsdon.
The charity’s shop and call centre is undergoing major repair and renovation to improve the facility for its volunteers.
The renovations will see a complete refurbishment of the facility, including improved access for disabled volunteers, more storage for the shop and enhanced acoustics to assist in secure, sensitive conversations.
Deeley Construction is carrying out the works at the building on Moor Street, which is Earlsdon’s oldest shop and first opened in the 1860s as a provisions merchant.
The construction company has brought in architects IDP to manage the project on behalf of the Samaritans, and worked to establish a relationship with the 29th May Charitable Trust to provide grant support.
Other contractors assisting on the project include Umberslade Demolition, Claddagh Electrical, CDE Contractors, Naughton Interiors, D B Heating & Plumbing, Nationwide Windows, Midlands Flooring, Cladding Components, Midlands Floor Screeding and G&M Carpentry.
Coventry & District Samaritans were contacted more than 33,000 times in 2017 and are open 138 hours a week – assisted by its 120 strong group of volunteers.
The shop, which can raise up to £500 per week for the charity, is expected to re-open in April but the charity is still maintaining a full call service from a temporary base at Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind.
Mike Ballinger, project manager at the Coventry & District Samaritans, said: “Our volunteers are invaluable to us and without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the service we do.
“We wanted to make life easier for them and these renovations will help to do that, particularly by improving accessibility.
“The stairs inside are quite steep, and some of our volunteers find difficulty going up and down them at the moment. We will be lowering the stairs and also improving side access for volunteers in wheelchairs.
“The shop itself will be renovated too. Our shop volunteers are vital and with their fundraising allow the charity to focus on its core purpose of helping people by phone, text and e-mail.
“Deeley Construction have been very helpful in the process. It is a very professional organisation and it’s great to know that our building is in safe hands.
“We hope these changes will encourage more volunteers to join us in Coventry.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “The Coventry & District Samaritans provide an important service in the city and surrounding area.
“By working closely with our local supply chain we’re delivering this charitable scheme at an affordable cost to ensuring the Samaritans get as much help as possible from the funds available.
“We hope that the renovations at the shop and associated call centre will help the charity to continue their valued work for many years to come.”
The 2nd Wallingford Scout Group has received a boost from Deeley Construction to help with future fundraising activities.
Deeley Construction has donated a barbecue, new sign and arranged for a free skip to help the scout group’s clear out of its storage hut.
The Coventry company has recently built the new Lidl store in the town which will open at the end of January.
2nd Wallingford Scout Group has more than 120 members – boys and girls – across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who are supported by more that 30 Leaders, Young Leaders and Trustees.
The new sign has now been placed on the front of the group’s main scout hut, while the donated barbecue will be the centrepiece of fundraising events throughout the year.
Helen Liddar, Group Scout Leader of the 2nd Wallingford Scout Group, said: “It was a completely unexpected donation and we would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group for the very generous gifts.
“The skip was actually really vital for us. We have two huts, but one is primarily used for storage. Having the skip available helped us to clear-out and re-organise our storage areas which helps support our amazing adult leaders to deliver camps and other fun activities for our young people.
“Our Scouts and Leaders regularly organise fundraisers to support their trips, expeditions and adventures. The new barbecue will support a wide range of fundraising events, as scouts look to raise crucial funds to support their adventures.”
The free skip was supplied by Aylesbury-based waste management service business Bucks Recycling.
Tricia Murray, Managing Director at Bucks Recycling, said: “Bucks Recycling has provided a waste management service for the Deeley Group for many years so when they asked for our help, we were very happy to donate.
“Our Operations Manager is a Scout Leader and devotes much of his spare time to taking scouts on field trips and great learning adventures.
“He believes that being a Scout teaches life skills and develops confidence in a way that schools are not equipped to do due to the constraints of the national curriculum.
“We are proud to be able to assist with this admirable project which will open opportunities to young boys and girls for learning and fun in a safe environment.”
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Construction, added: “The scout group is only a 10 minute walk from the new Lidl store and is an important project in the local community.
“We hope that this donation will allow the scout group to continue to grow and support the development of young people in Wallingford, continuing to be a key part of their lives.”
A Coventry construction worker has been honoured with an annual award in his last act before retirement.
The Gary Neville Award was created in 2012 in tribute to the former Deeley Group contracts manager and is voted for by employees of the company.
Site operative Billy Griffith has become the seventh recipient of the Gary Neville Award in his final year working for the Deeley Group.
Billy said: “This is certainly a great way to sign off my 35 year association with the Deeley Group and I’m very honoured to have received this award.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside a lot of great people during my time with the firm and to know that your colleagues voted for you makes it all the more special.
“Gary was a well-respected colleague who I worked with for many years and this award is fitting tribute to him and his legacy.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Deeley Group and wish everyone the best for the future.”
The award honours Gary Neville, who joined the company as an apprentice and went on to lead some of the firm’s major projects, including the development of Belgrade Plaza.
Gary passed away in 2011 and the awarded is presented to the employee who has displayed the most commitment to their role over the past year.
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Billy received widespread praise from his colleagues, reflecting the values we have at the Deeley Group.
“Over the past seven years everyone at the company has embraced the award, as each year we remember Gary and the vibrant, popular man that he was.
“During his time working for the firm, Billy has carried himself with great integrity and built a respect amongst his colleagues.
“His strengths were his multi-disciplinary skillset gave him the ability to complete any task asked of him, but more importantly he was reliable.
“We would like to thank Billy for his years of valued service at the Deeley Group and he is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.”
A Coventry company has started work on the final piece in its Belgrade Plaza jigsaw – 12 years on from its first development in the area.
Deeley Construction has been appointed to complete a new £6.8 million development on Bond Street in Coventry City Centre.
The project, which will be known as Bond’s Lodge, has broken ground and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities has appointed Deeley Construction to carry out the project, which has been designed by Nicol Thomas Architects.
The completed scheme will see a three-storey building erected, featuring 45 self-contained apartments for the elderly.
It marks the company’s first project awarded from Homes England’s DPP3 Framework.
It is being funded from the Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities’ own resources, fundraising, together with a grant from Homes England and a loan from the Charity Bank.
The Almshouses, now run by Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, were founded in the early 1500s and today are both sheltered housing schemes for elderly citizens in the city.
Since the Second World War, the charity has engaged in two major projects in Hill Street, the building of Bond’s Court in 1985 and the extension of Bond’s Hospital in 2004.
With the completion of Bond’s Lodge, the number of residents will have risen from 22 in 1509 to more than 150 in 2020.
Victor Keene MBE, Chairman of Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities, added: “We have acquired the long lease of a site opposite Bond’s Hospital Almshouse, which will see 45 apartments built for the elderly.
“We have engaged Deeley Construction as the building contractor on this project and are very happy to be working with a company of Deeley’s integrity to complete it.
“Work is now underway on site and we expect it to be completed, with the flats ready for occupation, in the autumn of 2020.”
The project is the third development carried out by Deeley in the area, with the nearby multi-storey car park completed 12 years ago and the Belgrade Plaza development in 2008.
Belgrade Plaza is now a thriving mixed-use scheme, home to restaurants, residential and fitness facilities – serving the community in Coventry city centre.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “The ground-breaking at Bond Street marks an important milestone in the company’s development of the area.
“The apartments created in this development will be a vital resource for elderly people who are looking to live in the city centre.
“We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Coventry Church Municipal Charities to deliver this project.”
Councillor John Blundell, Lord Mayor of Coventry, added: “There is a clear need for more accommodation of this type in our city centre and the development on Bond Street will help to cater for this need.
“Coventry Church (Municipal) Charities have done some excellent work in regenerating properties across the city, including the Bond’s Hospital, and providing homes for the elderly.
“It was fantastic to be on hand with the charity and Deeley Construction to mark the start of building this development
PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Cllr John Blundell Lord Mayor of Coventry, Richard Hammond (Deeley Group) , Edward Hudson (Deeley Group), Marc Neville (Deeley Group), Victor Keene MBE (Coventry Church Municipal Charities), Simon Peplow (Nicol Thomas Architects) and Nick Southern (Deeley Group).
The Deeley Group has been making the future of Coventry and Warwickshire a top priority for business at a two-week festival held in the region.
The Deeley Group delivered two events at the second annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF), with development plans and educational prospects in the region providing the inspiration.
The CWBF was initiated by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub in 2017, and this year held over 100 diverse business events spread across the region.
The Deeley Group hosted the two separate events at its George House headquarters on Herald Avenue.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Plans event, where a range of plans for the region were showcased by local council members, attracted contractors, architects, project managers and quantity surveyors from across the city and beyond.
Mark Andrews, Planning Policy Manager at Coventry City Council, discussed some of the on-going developments at Coventry University and the University of Warwick, including student accommodation and projects within the city centre.
Dave Barber, Head of Development Services at Warwick District Council, then covered developments across the region including several housing and industrial developments that are currently being delivered.
The speakers, who were introduced by Deeley Group Managing Director Peter Deeley, then held a Q&A session, as well as an open discussion to see how the delivery of residential and non-residential developments across the region could be improved.
Representatives from construction and education industries had joined forces earlier in the festival at the ‘Building the Future of Coventry and Warwickshire’ event.
Kathryn Lennon Johnson, founder of Built Environment Skills in Schools, facilitated a discussion on how human-made surroundings can help teachers expand their curriculum, and enhance learning capabilities.
She was joined by a panel that included Stuart Taylor, Director at fireFLY Aerial Innovation, Phil Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Advisor to the Construction Industry Training Board, and Dawn Spicer, Associate Director of Robothams Architects, as well as Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager of Deeley Construction.
Peter said: “The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival has once again provided a fantastic platform for organisations in the area to come together and discuss the matters that are most important to them.
“I hope all of our guests at both events can see the positive feeling we have about the development of the region, and the direction that it is heading.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to our events, and for taking part in what were two very successful sessions.”
For more information on the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, visit www.cwbusinessfestival.com