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.
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).
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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick has been given the lowdown on a major £2.8 million extension to Warwick Medical School.
Professor Stuart Croft was given a tour of the extension of the Mechanochemical Cell Biology Building (MCBB), which was built by Coventry-based company Deeley Construction.
Work started on site around a year ago and the project was delivered on-time and on-budget in March.
The purpose of the additional space is to provide a new high-quality laboratory in line with the Biomedical Cell Biology Division’s need to accommodate more researchers into the building.
The new building has been designed to withstand particular environments such as heating and cooling in order to carry out research into diseases such as cancer.
Professor Croft said: “The new building is an example of the University’s and Warwick Medical School’s commitment to world-class research, training and innovation. MCBB is a first class facility which provides a home for researchers who are investigating solutions to significant global health challenges.”
He was joined on the tour by Pro-Dean (Research) Prof. Mohan Balasubramanian; Dean of Warwick Medical School Prof. Sudhesh Kumar; Prof. Jonathan Millar, Head of Division; and Deeley Construction managing director Martin Gallagher.
Martin said: “We have a great working partnership with the University of Warwick and we are delighted with the finished extension.
“The team had to work in a live environment with the existing MCBB building in full use throughout the project.
“That presented its own challenges but we made sure that we kept any disruption to an absolute minimum.
“We have worked on a really varied selection of projects and they are a very small part of the construction underway on campus, but as a local firm it is great to play a part in the development of the University.”
Pictured (left to right): Pro-Dean (Research) Prof. Mohan Balasubramanian; Dean of Warwick Medical School Prof. Sudhesh Kumar; Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stuart Croft; Deeley Construction managing director Martin Gallagher; Prof. Jonathan Millar, Head of Division
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).
MIRA Technology Park, the 1.75 million sq. ft. Enterprise Zone in Nuneaton, has begun work on Phase Two of its development, with the construction of a third multi-use building on the site.
The 27,200 sq. ft. building, ‘North West 3’, represents an investment of almost £7 million by the HORIBA Group and will house a number of global tier-one companies within the six secure facilities within the building.
The announcement follows the completion of Phase One of development in February, with the construction of key infrastructure on the site, which has paved the way for Phase Two of the development including the East, South and Centre Sectors of the Technology Park. This new building is located in the North West Sector of the Park, and compliments three other multi-tenant buildings constructed for various companies, alongside bespoke facilities created for Swedish company Haldex, and for Aston Martin.
The new facility – being built by local construction company Deeley Construction – is due for completion in November this year, and, when fully let, will accommodate 140 staff, with many of these roles being new jobs to the MIRA Technology Park site. Total jobs created at the Enterprise Zone stand at almost 450 since 2010 and this is expected to rise to over
2,000 jobs as the Park nears completion in 2025.
Terry Spall, Commercial Director at MIRA Technology Park, said: “Phase Two of MIRA Technology Park is now well underway with the construction of North West 3, which will create much-needed space for new and expanding businesses to join us on site. We are also expecting to be breaking ground on a further three new buildings this year.
“The construction of North West 3 further demonstrates HORIBA’s commitment to accelerating the growth of this automotive technology cluster and the job creation potential of the Enterprise Zone, and we’re looking forward to this next stage of development.”
MIRA Technology Park is set to be completed by 2025, and is rapidly gaining global recognition as a leading automotive technology cluster and is gaining broader interest as a strategic transport sector R&D location within the EU.
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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