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  • Costa Coffee drive-thru build begins in Wolverhampton

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  • Costa Coffee drive-thru build begins in Wolverhampton

    Work is underway to create a new drive-thru Costa Coffee restaurant on a busy junction in Wolverhampton.

    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.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Andrew Brazier (Deeley Properties), David Allen (Holt Commercial), George  Riley (Forty Four  Club), Jimmy Timmins (Forty Four Club) and John Liggins (Ziran Land).

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  • Starley Sportive returns for summer date

    Riders in a popular Coventry and Warwickshire charity cycling event will be swapping thermals for shorts as they saddle up for its first ever summer date.

    The Starley Sportive makes its return on Sunday, September 19 after a year hiatus – with £10,000 being raised despite the event not being able to take place in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

    The event, which is organised by Coventry Road Club, the Deeley Group and Coventry City Council’s GoCV team, usually takes place early in the year but 2021 will see its debut summer time event and organisers are expecting it to be more popular than ever.

    Around 700 riders are expected to take part and funds raised from entrants will be primarily donated to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity. However participants are encouraged to raise money for any causes of personal significance.

    Riders will set off from the Deeley Group head office on Herald Avenue, Coventry, and have the choice of challenging three distances – a 28.6 mile route, a 63.2 mile long-distance ride, or the mammoth 86.5 mile challenge.

    Participants who kindly donated their entry fees following the cancellation of last year’s event will be given priority entry for this year’s sportive.

    Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at the Deeley Group, said: “We’re excited to be launching the first summer Starley Sportive event and looking forward to welcoming back riders after the unavoidable cancellation of last year’s event.

    “On behalf of all of the organisers, we would like to thank partners and riders who donated to the event in 2020 and enabled us to continue our support for local causes – particularly in a time where fundraising has proved challenging for charities.

    “Cycling is a great way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and supports both physical and mental health – which is particularly prevalent now following a difficult 12 months.

    “We return in a landmark year for the Deeley Group as the business turns 85, and also for the city as Coventry celebrates being UK City of Culture and are looking forward to being part of the celebrations.”

    The sportive celebrates the contributions of inventors James and John Kemp Starley to the bicycle industry.

    James Starley is known as the father of the bicycle industry, while his nephew John Kemp Starley is widely regarded as the inventor of the modern bicycle – both lived and worked in Coventry.

    Ian Court, Racing Secretary at Coventry Road Club, added: “We were bowled over the generosity of people last year in allowing us to maintaining our charitable donations to Zoe’s Place through their fees even though we were unable to hold the event.

    “Normally the event is in February so hopefully this year it will be a bit warmer and those taking part will have a few more miles in their legs!”

    Early bird entry is now open for riders who donated their entry fees in 2020 – with general entry open from April 4.

    For more information and took book a place at the Starley Sportive visit www.starleysportive.co.uk

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  • Work starts on Oxfordshire Extra Care Living development

    Work has begun on a new 80 apartment Extra Care Living development in Didcot as part of the Great Western Park Urban Extension Scheme.

    The three-storey scheme is being developed by Housing 21, a leading not-for-profit provider of Retirement Housing and Extra Care for older people of modest means. The organisation has appointed Midlands-based Deeley Construction as lead contractor.

    The development, which is on land at Greenwood Way, is expected to be completed in December 2022 and has received funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

    Following completion, the scheme will provide 60 rented apartments and 20 shared ownership apartments for people over the age of 55. There will also be on-site communal facilities such as a café/bistro, hair salon and communal lounge for both residents and the local community.

    It has been designed to be three linked blocks arranged around an internal courtyard, providing open, green space for residents.

    The Extra Care scheme offers self-contained, private accommodation to support local older people and has been built with the changing needs associated with age in mind.

    It has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with access to 24/7 on-site care if required. Residents are expected to start moving in from early 2023.

    Deborah Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted to bring our Extra Care offering to Didcot.

    “We believe that generally there is a real need for this type of housing, but the current experience of living through the pandemic has highlighted the benefits of extra care even more. It enables people to continue to live independently, in their own safe space whilst receiving quality support both socially and with any of their care requirements.

    “We are always mindful of how the construction process can help the local economy and schemes such as these have an economic benefit for the longer term as well creating a great place for the community to come together.”

    The project was secured by Deeley Construction via the Homes England DPP3 (Delivery Partner Panel) framework and will be to BREEAM Very Good standard.

    Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, added: “It’s fantastic to be strengthening our partnership with Housing 21 and supporting with the delivery of this vital scheme for people in Didcot and surrounding areas.

    “This is our second scheme with Housing 21 but we have a great history in delivering Extra Care schemes that meet the needs of the local community.

    “It’s great to see our team on site and we are working with community partners to ensure minimal disruption caused by work in the area.”

    Emily Smith, Chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board, said: “Affordable care developments like this make a huge difference to our communities – they allow older residents to downsize but still live independently and at the same time free up much needed larger homes for local families.

    “This development in particular is very close to many new facilities such as a new supermarket, pub, community centre and good public transport links, on Great Western Park, and it’s exactly the kind of approach to new housing we should be looking at providing.

    “The Growth Board has worked really effectively in partnership to allow this to happen with significant funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal, along with developer contributions provided by Vale of White Horse District Council.”

     

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  • Martin Gallagher

    Blog: Family ethos and investing in our future

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  • Work starts on The Willows in Asfordby

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  • Blog: Family ethos and investing in our future

    The Deeley Group is proud to be a family-owned firm – but in many ways the family ethos spreads way beyond those who share the name Deeley.

    The company has always been a strong believer in breeding its own workforce through apprenticeships and training and it is a policy which has served the company extremely well through the years and continues to do so.

    I should know. I started with the firm in 1988 (when I was, obviously, very young!) straight from school. I had not done as well as I wanted in my A Levels so therefore did not go straight to university but joined Deeley as I wanted to be a quantity surveyor.

    I could not have made a better decision. In the intervening years I studied for my ONC in Building Studies at Coventry College and then my HNC at Coventry University before doing a degree in Quantity Surveying at what was then the University of Central England.

    I then went on to earn my professional qualifications MRICS and MCIOB to complete my training.

    Through all that time I was working at Deeley, gaining hands-on practical experience that, for me, made learning the theory so much more relatable.

    I am not alone. Around 25 per cent of our workforce has been taken on through an apprenticeship or trainee programme. We find that it allows us to teach them the “Deeley Way” helping to shape what they learn to not only give them a thorough grounding but to also improve our all-round capability.

    Our colleagues also enjoy working with younger people and passing on the skills they have learned while working for us, while apprentices tend to stay longer with an employer than other staff.

    Currently 15 per cent of Deeley Group’s employees are in an apprenticeship or undergoing further learning programmes, so it is a trend which continues and impacts positively on every part of the group’s operations.

    We currently have trainees on site, in accounts, and in marketing, while several of our senior team have come through the ranks after starting as trainees.

    Even last year in the depths of the pandemic we took the bold step to recruit two new management trainees having previously engaged with their school and offering them work experience the year before. Only today, I have had a Teams meeting with Jack and Tom to review their progress – it so encouraging to see their passion to learn and progress through the company and it took me back to 1988!!

    February 8 sees the start of National Apprenticeship Week, and while activities will be limited by Covid restrictions, it an important initiative – important for young people to realise what an apprenticeship or traineeship can lead to, and important for companies to tap into the rich vein of potential talent which can serve them well.

    By Martin Gallagher, Managing Director, Deeley Construction

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  • Work starts on The Willows in Asfordby

    Construction work has started on a new housing development which will see 55 new homes available to the community in Asfordby in 2022.

    ‘The Willows’ development, which is three miles from Melton Mowbray, is a partnership between Midlands-based developer Deeley Homes (part of the Deeley Group) and social housing and care organisation emh group.

    It is the first time the two organisations have worked together on a development, which will provide a mix of social rented, shared ownership and market sale homes.

    The scheme will see more than two thirds of the houses delivered as affordable homes, contributing to targets in the East Midlands, while supporting the demand for homes of this type in Asfordby and surrounding communities.

    Deeley Homes partnered with emh group to purchase the site and detailed planning permission was granted for the development in June 2020.

    Fifteen of the homes will be sold privately under the Deeley Homes banner, emh group is also developing its first market sale units here as well as shared ownership and rented accommodation to meet demand on the housing register.

    The developers have committed to making a range of improvements in the area near the development to make the area safer and enhance infrastructure for the community.

    This includes improving highway safety outside the nearby primary school, upgrading local bus stops, providing bus passes and travel packs to new residents and also contributing to libraries and secondary education provision in the area.

    Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “This development is crucial in providing vital affordable housing to people in and around Asfordby, and we’re pleased to announce work is now underway on site.

    “This is a development that is designed to respond to the requirements of people who live in the area and we are pleased to have partnered with emh group to ensure that this is the case.

    “It is the first time we have worked alongside emh group on a project and we hope this will be the start of a fruitful partnership.

    “In addition to the affordable homes delivery we will be bringing a collection of new Deeley Homes properties to the market and there is expected to be high-demand for these properties in the region.

    “The development is perfectly positioned with excellent school options for residents and good transport links to major nearby towns.

    “As part of the scheme we are making a range of local infrastructure improvements too and we believe the development will be of great benefit to the community of Asfordby.”

    Chris Jones, Executive Director of Development at emh group, said: “As a strategic partner of Homes England, the government homebuilding agency, we aim to deliver 600 new affordable homes across the East Midlands every year.

    “We are delighted that our first project with Deeley Homes, and first market sale homes, has started on site, and through this strong partnership we are contributing to meeting the housing needs and aspirations of people in the Melton Borough Council area with new homes for shared ownership and affordable rent.”

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  • Blog: Looking at our history to drive our future

    The Deeley Group is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2021 – so it is naturally a time to take stock of our history but also very much look forward to what is an exciting future.

    There have – just in the last 15 years never mind the previous 85 – been huge advances in the property industry, be that in construction methods, health and safety, procurement or communications. The list is endless.

    Yet, while Deeley has embraced all that change and very much been an early adopter of new initiatives, we are still underpinned by the values passed on from my father: integrity, partnership, community, respect and agility.

    Those are all very important elements of what has helped the company thrive. There is no question that agility has proved to be vital in our continued success. We cannot simply create a market, but we can follow one, and we can shape one and I think our history shows that we have done that successfully.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, for example, we embraced the expansion of the comprehensive school system and constructed three of the major schools in Coventry and continue to work across primary and secondary education.

    But in recent years, we have worked on numerous projects for universities as Higher Education has gone through a similar expansion, gaining an insight to customer needs, keeping ahead of trends and constantly developing our expertise.

    Presently we are very strong in the construction and creation of care homes and once again we have developed a significant knowledge and understanding of the sector meaning we are very much partners of our clients.

    My father became renowned in the late 1930s and 1940s for building the best air raid shelters in Coventry – he certainly didn’t create that market, but he responded to it!

    All of those values I mention also come down to people – and I know that the quality of the team we have always had at Deeley, has been a key to our success.

    We work in partnership with other firms of all industry disciplines, and, more often than not, they are on-going relationships many of which stretch back decades. That does not happen without people with integrity and ability.

    Deeley has always believed in nurturing talent and that has helped us instil these values over decades. Seeing people develop through every level of the business over the years is a record of unending pride.

    Martin – the MD of Deeley Construction – started with us as a trainee straight out of education and now leads a major part of the business. Eleanor – our deputy MD of the Deeley Group – used to open the post on a Saturday morning as an eight-year-old (not that she had much of a choice!).

    There are countless examples throughout every sphere of our operations, and it is a major factor in our success.

    Like all firms in property and construction, we have had our dark periods, but the quality of our people, the agility we have shown along with our reputation and our professional abilities have seen us through.

    They are also the reason why we have responded so well during these dreadful times, to keep working, keep our projects on track and keep our customers satisfied.

    Without exception, the Deeley team has embraced the enforced changes and reacted magnificently – and I thank every colleague for that.

    So, while reaching our 85th anniversary is a milestone and one to celebrate, we look back only to reflect on qualities which have helped us thrive – and to ensure they will continue to drive the Deeley Group to a successful future.

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