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Deeley marks its 80th anniversary with an 80-mile cycle challenge

‘The Deeley 80’ is being held in aid of grant giving organisation the Heart of England Community Foundation, based in Coventry, which gives funding to groups and organisations who make a lasting difference in their area.
Cyclists from Deeley’s clients and partners, will travel from the Deeley head office in Coventry, through the Warwickshire countryside and then return to the city on Sunday, September 11.

All of the money raised will be matched by the Deeley Group before being donated to the Foundation.

To celebrate the charity ride, the company welcomed a piece of the city’s cycling history to its headquarters – a 1936 Coventry Eagle triple ace convertible tandem – thanks to Coventry Transport Museum and its curator of cycles and transport objects Megan Nass.

The 80-year-old bicycle, built the very same year the Deeley Group was founded, is one of only six ever made and one of just three still in existence.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “The Heart of England Community Foundation is a highly important organisation which gives community and voluntary groups the opportunity to make an impact in their local areas and we are proud to be supporting them as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations.

“The foundation has supported some excellent projects and it is good to know that all of the money raised will go straight into the community where it is needed the most.

“The bike ride should be an excellent, yet challenging, event and I would like to thank Megan and her team from the Coventry Transport Museum for visiting our headquarters and giving us the opportunity to find out more about a piece of Coventry’s cycling heritage.”

The Heart of England Community Foundation manages a range of funds on behalf of companies and trusts across the area and awards the money to groups and organisations in Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “The Deeley Group has always been a great supporter of the Foundation and we are delighted that they will be raising funds for us as part of their 80th anniversary celebrations.

“The 80 mile ride should prove a tough challenge for those taking part and although I won’t be taking part, I’ll be there to cheer everyone on.”

Donations can be made by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/deeley80

Foundation laid down for 82 apartments at Fordham House

The foundations for 82 apartments at Fordham House, a new development in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, have begun to be laid down.

In a prime location on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, initial works at the site began earlier this year with the demolition a vacant office building, after Orbit took over the lease from the Stratford Town Trust in January.

To mark the start of construction of the new homes, Orbit and Stratford Town Trust were recently joined on site by partners Deeley Construction and ABD Developments to celebrate the laying of the first brick.

Due for completion in summer 2017, Fordham House will offer a mix of high-quality one and two bedroom apartments for private rent.

With close proximity to the hospital and town centre, initial preference for the 82 apartments will be given to local key workers, such as health and emergency service workers and teachers, as well as local people.

The development is being brought to market through a partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects, with Deeley Construction as design and build contractors. Once complete, Fordham House will be owned and managed by Orbit, with Stratford Town Trust continuing to retain the freehold.

Adam Cooper, private rented sector director at Orbit, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the foundations of Fordham House being laid. The apartments have been designed to a high quality, to enhance the customer experience when living at Fordham House, including innovative extra touches.

“Having seen a strong interest in the new homes over the last few months, Fordham House is already an aspirational place to live in the Stratford town centre.”

Joan McFarlane, former trustee of the Stratford Town Trust, said: “Watching the laying of the foundations and marking the start of the construction of these new homes was an honour. Having suggested the name Fordham House as a tribute to the Flower family, founders of the area’s former Flowers brewery, it was an absolute delight to play a further role in the development’s history.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “The demolition work has gone to plan and it means work can now kick-start the creation of Fordham House, which will be a new landmark building for Stratford.”

To find out more about Fordham House, or to register your interest in one of the new homes, please visit www.fordham-house.co.uk

Deal agreed – let work commence!

A £5 million deal has been agreed to build 143 affordable homes on the former Soans Garage premises in south east Leamington Spa.

The seven-acre site next to the Grand Union canal and Sydenham Drive has been sold by Wareing & Company’s client CHS Properties to a joint venture between Orbit Housing and Deeley Properties, following delayed planning consent from Warwick District Council.

Pat Moroney, of Deeley Properties: “We are very pleased this is progressing so well. We gained permission on appeal and are delighted that the deal means that work can start.

“This will bring much needed affordable homes to Leamington, and we expect the development to be as successful as our scheme with Orbit at Queensway in Leamington.”

From left to right: Anthony Holt (Orbit), Pat Moroney (Deeley Group), Bill Wareing (Wareing & Compnay), Richard Soans.

Nuneaton Based Retailer Holland & Barrett International Expands Global Headquarters

Work has started to extend Holland & Barrett International’s global headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

The company is one of the world’s leading health and wellness retailers and the largest in Europe, supplying its customers with a wide range of vitamins, minerals, health supplements, specialist foods and natural beauty products. The Nuneaton-based business moved to Eliot Park in the town in 2010 and now employs more than 300 staff at its head office.

But as the retailer has expanded rapidly, the headquarters too are in need of development, and Coventry-based Deeley Construction is in the process of building a 48,000 sq. ft. extension which will allow staff numbers to grow to between 500 and 600, solidifying Holland & Barrett International as one of the largest employers in the area.

Holland & Barrett International has almost 1,100 stores in 11 different countries including Kuwait, Malta, Singapore and China, and has been assisted in its overseas growth by the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) team at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

Holland & Barrett International’s success in global expansion was recognised this year with a Queen’s Award for International Trade, one of the highest honours for business presented to the company in April.

Work on the extension follows on from the creation of a new car park on site at Eliot Park, part of a 40-year regeneration on the site, undertaken by the Deeley Group, and is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said: “Every region, such as our own region of Coventry & Warwickshire, needs successful, growing companies and the expansion of Holland & Barrett is a very good story locally, nationally and globally.

“We are delighted that we were able to provide a home for the company in 2010 which allowed it to expand and equally pleased to be working with the Holland & Barrett team again to help it continue to blaze a trail.”

Roger Craddock, Group Legal Director of Holland & Barrett International said: “As a Nuneaton-based business, it’s important to us that we continue to support the local economy, even as our business expands across the globe. This new extension will stand us in good stead for further global expansion whilst we continue to keep up the local values that our business has become known for.”

Paul Carvell is the president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and is also the chair of its north Warwickshire branch.

He said: “This is great news for our area. The Chamber began a Go For Growth campaign at the start of the year and it’s fantastic to see Holland & Barrett expanding in such a way.

“It’s pleasing to see that the support from the international trade team at the Chamber has helped the company to grow its presence in more countries worldwide.”

Pictured: Peter Deeley, Martin Gallagher (both Deeley Group), Roger Craddock, Peter Aldis (both Holland & Barrett), Paul Carvell (Chamber).

For more information on Holland & Barrett International, please contact Duncan Mackenzie Reid dmackenzie-reid@thisispegasus.co.uk or Vicky Flannigan vflannigan@thisispegasus.co.uk

Deeley Group unveil new football pitches in Nuneaton with help from Coventry City legends

A Coventry City All Stars XI helped to unveil a new football pitch which has been created as a part of a regeneration project in Nuneaton.

The pitch has been created at the Bermuda Phoenix Community Centre and is part of a major scheme in the area by the Deeley Group, which has seen more than 12 acres of brownfield land used to build a new social club and 1,000 homes, and seen the creation of over 2,000 jobs.

The All Stars – including FA Cup winner David Phillips, midfielder Barry Quinn and Sky Blues in the Community director David Busst – ran out 6-0 winners.

Dele Adebola, who scored twice on the opening day at the Ricoh Arena in 2005, repeated the feat at Bermuda with Marcus Hall and Quinn also on the scoresheet.

Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “It was a great launch for the new pitch and the other facilities and the community came out in numbers to show their support and were given plenty of entertainment.

“It was a really enjoyable game and I would like to thank David Busst and his team for giving up their time to help mark the opening of the new pitch. The facilities are already getting good use from the community and this will only help spread the word further.”

l/r, Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), David Busst, Alex Rowe (Bermuda Captain), Pat Moroney (Deeley Group), Tom Walker (Bermuda).

Over 140 new homes planned for canal-side development

Plans for a £29 million residential development of over 140 new homes along Leamington Spa’s canal side have taken a step forward.

Orbit Homes has announced plans to build 143 high-quality homes for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent on a brownfield site at Sydenham Drive.

With rising house prices and growing demand for homes in Leamington putting homeownership out of the reach of many, the development will provide a range of housing options to help people on to the housing ladder.

Offering canal-side living, the new development will bring 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership and 49 for affordable rent.

Orbit Homes is expected to begin work on the former Soans’ Ford dealership site this month, after completing the land purchase in the first week of March.

Due for completion in spring 2018, the new homes will be delivered in partnership with Deeley Construction.

Chris Jones, development director at Orbit Homes, said: “We are incredibly excited to have completed the purchase of the land, and begin to bring to life our plans for this canal-side development.

“The housing market in Leamington Spa, along with much of the country, means there is a housing shortage, especially at affordable prices. This development will create more housing options and provide quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Orbit Homes on another project that will deliver much-needed new homes in the region.

“We are more than contractors in a project of this nature – we work as partners in bringing about the best possible results for the client.

“The Deeley Group has been involved in moving this site forward for several years now and we are delighted to be undertaking the work on these brand new homes for Leamington.”

As part of the 39,000 home Orbit Group, Orbit Homes is the UK’s third largest developing housing association building around 1,500 homes a year.

Photo: Artist’s impression of the proposed canal-side development at Sydneham Drive, Leamington Spa

Demolition makes way for 82 key worker homes

The demolition of a vacant office building in Stratford-upon-Avon has begun to make way for Fordham House, a brand new residential development bringing key worker accommodation to the heart of the town.

Work to remove the existing building, previously known as Warwick House, is expected to last for six weeks, with construction of the new 82 private rent high-quality apartments starting at the end of March. The new development is due for completion in summer 2017.

Orbit purchased the site, on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, from the Stratford Town Trust in early January 2016. The partners have worked together to develop the name Fordham House, which reflects the site’s history as the former location of Flowers Ales’ brewery, founded by Edward Fordham Flower in 1831.

The name was suggested by former Stratford mayor and Deputy Chairman of Stratford Town Trust, Joan McFarlane, who recognised the Flower family for their remarkable contribution to the evolution of Stratford-upon-Avon.

With its close proximity to the hospital and town centre, the apartments will be targeted at local key workers. Preference for the 64 one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments will be given to those such as health and emergency service workers and teachers, as well as local people. The new homes are to be let on assured short-hold tenancies.

The new accommodation will be owned and managed by Orbit, whilst Stratford Town Trust will continue to retain the freehold. A partnership between Stratford Town Trust, Orbit, ABD Developments and Robothams Architects will bring the scheme to market, with Deeley Construction having been appointed as the design and build contractors.

Adam Cooper, private rented sector director at Orbit, said: “We are delighted to be retaining the historical importance of the site by naming it after the Fordham Flower family. It has been a pleasure working with Joan to understand the contribution the family has made to Stratford.

“The start of demolition marks an exciting step in our partnership with Stratford Town Trust, ABD Developments and Deeley Construction to bring these much-needed new homes to Stratford.

Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see work really beginning on site – and to see such an important part of Stratford’s history recognised in the new name, thanks to our Trustee and Deputy Chairman Joan. This is all about Stratford – about providing high-quality but affordable town centre accommodation for those working hard in our hospitals, schools and businesses. We are proud to be involved.”

Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Orbit Homes having recently completed an independent living housing scheme in Leamington Spa and an affordable housing development of 30 homes in Nuneaton.

“By working closely with Orbit Homes and Architects Robothams, we believe Fordham House will greatly benefit the people of Stratford-upon-Avon.”

Pictured: The Fordham House partners gather in front of the new hoarding on the first day of demolition ahead of construction, Stratford-upon-Avon (L-R: Peter Deeley of the Deeley Group; Adam Cooper of Orbit; Anthony Bird OBE of The Bird Group; Helen Munro of the Stratford Town Trust; David Austin of ABD Developments; and David Sercombe of Robothams Architects.

Deeley backs the bid

Property and construction professionals across Coventry and Warwickshire are putting their weight behind the UK City of Culture bid.

Coventry-based Deeley Group, which has property development and construction divisions, hosted the team behind the city’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021.

After hearing from steering group chair David Burbidge and bid adviser Andrew Dixon, a gathering of 40 professionals from the sector saw a short, dramatic piece from a group of young people from the Belgrade Theatre.

Peter Deeley, of the Deeley Group, said: “The city – and the county – needs to be right behind this bid because it could do so much for the area, culturally, socially and economically.

“We were delighted to host the team and to hear more about what the bid might look like and the real benefits the whole region would feel.

“The time feels right for Coventry to have the confidence to put its heart and soul into this bid and win the title of UK City of Culture for 2021.”

Pictured: Standing (left to right) Alex Sutton, Laura Williams, Dion Dunne, Leon Phillips (Belgrade)

Sitting (left to right) Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Laura McMillan, Andrew Dixon, David Burbidge (all City of Culture)

Front – Cameron Razza (Belgrade)