One of Stratford’s largest landlords and developers, Orbit, is celebrating its first venture into the Private Rented Sector with the opening of Fordham House in the heart of the town.
Located on the corner of Birmingham Road and Clopton Road, Fordham House opened its doors to the public on Friday 15 September with a VIP event co-officiated by local MP Nadhim Zahawi and Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair.
Opening the development, Nadhim Zahawi MP said: “I was delighted to formally open Fordham House and see the culmination of the innovative project that I visited earlier on during construction. Fordham House is unique in that it will give preference to those working in our NHS, our schools, and our emergency services – it truly is a blueprint for development and I was very pleased to be able to celebrate its opening with Orbit and all those involved in the project.”
Fordham House comprises 82 high-quality apartments and has been developed by Orbit in partnership with Deeley Construction, ABD Developments and Stratford Town Trust and offers enviable priority accommodation to the town’s key workers and locals.
Chris Crook, Orbit Homes Board Chair, said: “Orbit has been investing in providing quality homes and services to support its customers since 1967 and Fordham House is an extension of our commitment to provide a housing offer for everyone.
“As an ethical landlord, we have long-term investment plans to improve the social, economic and environmental prospects of communities and developments like Fordham House make a profit so we can re-invest into building more homes to suit all needs and aspirations.”
Orbit, now the UK’s second largest developing housing association, currently own and manage around 7,000 properties in the district. Cllr Christopher Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Cllr Victoria Alcock, Mayor, joined a number of local councillors, Orbit Board members, staff and partners to celebrate the opening.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group, added: “We are at absolutely thrilled to see Fordham House opening as we know the great, positive impact it will have on Stratford.
“We are big believers in working in partnership and very much see benefit of relationships in business. Fordham House is a perfect example of that, bringing together several partners, with Deeley Group very much at the heart of that, to deliver a much-needed living development of new homes to regenerate this area.”
The £10.4m scheme includes 64 spacious one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments and each home is designed with the private market rental customer in mind, with minimum maintenance requirements and finished to an exacting standard with the latest in cutting edge technology.
Orbit has created a new web application designed to offer a bespoke digital experience for new private rented customers at Fordham House. It’s an easy and convenient way for customers to manage their tenancy, from viewing their rent account to reporting a repair.
Justin Williams, Chief Executive, Stratford Town Trust commented: “Fordham House is a ground-breaking initiative and one we are proud to be a partner in. Using the site occupied by a vacant office building and turning it into a high quality, centrally located, site for affordable homes for key workers answers a real local need.”
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
Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture is building momentum – with businesses in the region helping to drive home the message.
The Deeley Group – the development, construction and property company based in the city – has been on board with bid from day one by hosting events, signing up as 2021 Club members and encouraging others to do so.
The firm is now taking Coventry’s City of Culture message with it across the streets and sites of the region by showing support on its fleet of vans ahead of the final decision in December.
The logo stickers were provided by Moseley Signs and now adorn six of the company’s vehicles that are working on sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider Midlands area.
Edward Hudson, of the Deeley Group, said: “Ever since Coventry announced it would be bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021, we have been firmly behind it.
“We can see the huge benefits it would bring to the city – socially, economically and culturally – and we want to play a part in it. As well as joining as 2021 Club members, we’ve looked to raise awareness of the bid with fellow businesses through events and through publicity.
“We have been using Moseley Signs for our van livery for a number of years. The new stickers look great on the vehicles and we are sure they will attract attention on the streets and sites of the region.”
Nicole Malatesta, Fundraising Officer at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said more than 100 companies had backed the bid.
She said: “The support from businesses in Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider region has been incredible.
“The Deeley Group have played a big part in staging events, in encouraging others to come on board – such as Moseley Signs – and in generating interest in our bid to be UK City of Culture.”
Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.
Orbit’s staff and partners have raised more than £23,700 in aid of sickle cell disease in their seventh annual charity golf day.
Sponsored in the main by Deeley Construction, Wright Hassall and A C Lloyd, over 180 guests teed off at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club in Leek Wootton, Warwick, raising thousands for Sickle Cell Society. A cheque for £23,727.08 was presented to John Jones, CEO of the charity at Orbit’s Coventry office.
Mark Hoyland, Orbit’s Chief Executive, and George Obeng-Manu, Orbit’s Development Contracts Director and golf day organiser, presented the cheque. Mark said: “I am delighted to present the Sickle Cell Society with this generous donation in our seventh year of holding the event. Over the years we’ve raised around £150,000 for a number of charities and we will continue to do so as part of our commitment to supporting local people and communities.”
Nick Abell, Chairman of Wright Hassall, Alistair Clark, Director at A C Lloyd and Edward Hudson from Deeley Construction also attended the presentation. George added: “I’d like to offer special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this year’s event a resounding success.”
The golf day also included a gala dinner, raffle and evening entertainment. All contributions to the raffle were also added to the final donation for the good cause.
Sickle Cell Society is a charity organisation that supports and represents people affected by the blood disorder to improve their overall quality of life.
Last year our popular Midlands charity event raised over £17,000 for the Stroke Association.
Victoria Prentis MP was on hand to witness the start of construction of the new Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre during a visit to the development.
The Member of Parliament laid down the first brick, accompanied by the Leader of Cherwell District Council, Cllr Barry Wood and Chair of Policy, Cllr. Richard Mould.
Plans for the Centre were approved at the beginning of the year, with Deeley Construction recently appointed by Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd to carry out the construction.
The Kingsmere Community and Youth Centre forms part of a brand new Village Centre planned to bring several new facilities, including a day nursery, convenience store, outdoor space and four additional retail units to the development.
There will also be a community recycling centre located within the Kingsmere Village Centre along with bicycle and car parking spaces.
Victoria Prentis MP for North Oxfordshire comments: “I am really grateful to Countryside for arranging a tour around Kingsmere and the new community centre development.
“Kingsmere is now a well-established development in Bicester and has a strong community feel. I am keen to see this replicated across other local developments, particularly given the pace of house building across North Oxfordshire. Space for local groups and events is really important, not least in the way it encourages people to come together and meet one another. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”
Thomas Borwick, Director of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd comments: “We’re thrilled that construction of the new community and youth centre is now underway as it will provide a fantastic new facility for Kingsmere residents and the wider Bicester community.
“It was a pleasure to host Victoria Prentis and Councillors on Friday, they have been involved in the project and it is great that they were so keen to come and see the start of construction. This marks another big step in the evolution of Kingsmere and once completed, the Community and Youth Centre will be a major hub for our residents.”
Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “As new homes go up in Bicester it is right that the council and developers plan for the life of the new communities that are being formed, providing places for people to come together.
“It was a pleasure to be invited to the start of construction of the new community and youth centre and I am confident that these new facilities will help Kingsmere’s residents live happier and more fulfilling lives.”
Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction comments: “We are delighted to have been chosen to bring this new community centre to the Kingsmere community.
“We have experience of delivering community projects of this type and we are very pleased to be working with Countryside Properties to create a new space for local people to use and enjoy.”
Kingsmere is quickly establishing itself a modem village, with excellent community and educational facilities served by unbeatable transport connections.
The development is home to a selection of house styles ideal for a range of homebuyers, provided by multiple homebuilders, including Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Persimmon. The community centre is due to be completed and in full use in early 2018.
For further information on Kingsmere, visit: www.kingsmere-bicester.com
Deeley Construction has helped take Orbit over the half-way point to achieving its target of developing 12,000 new homes by 2020.
The handover and completion of three family homes at Union Park, in Leamington Spa, means one of the UK’s largest developing housing associations has now delivered 6,000 new homes since April 2013.
Union Park is a £29m development of 147 family homes on the former Soans’ motor dealership site in Sydenham, and is due for completion in spring 2018.
Martin Gallagher, managing director at Deeley Construction, said: “We are extremely proud that we are helping Orbit reach this milestone which is of national importance in the campaign to solve our housing crisis.
“The homes will meet a very real need for people in the area who want to live locally but would, without schemes such as this, be unable to do so.”
Offering canal-side living, Union Park will bring 55 homes to the open market, as well as 39 homes available for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 53 for affordable rent.
Chris Jones, development director at Orbit, added: “These homes bring us half way to our target of delivering 12,000 new homes across the Midlands, east and south by 2020.
“This fantastic achievement highlights the acceleration of our sector-leading development programme as well as the hard work of our teams across the country.
“Union Park is a unique development in Leamington, providing more housing options and quality homes to meet people’s needs and aspirations.”
Deeley Construction has landed a £2.9million contract to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Buckinghamshire.
The company has been appointed by Leamington-based developer AC Lloyd to create a new 40,000 sq ft complex on land in Princes Risborough.
The property will be occupied by iLECSYS, a multi-disciplined company working predominantly within the electrical control sector. Its main areas of operation include electrical distribution products, rail, hazardous area, engineering and sheet metal fabrication.
Work has just started on-site and the build is scheduled to be completed in February 2018.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be working with AC Lloyd once again.
“The two companies have developed a very strong relationship and this adds to the range of schemes we have worked on together, which include a bus depot and a college teaching block.”
He added: “There is a train line and woodland nearby but we have put measures in place to ensure we are a considerate neighbour to both of those and there is also a furniture manufacturer nearby and we will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for the company.
“Work is now underway on-site and we are looking forward to delivering another successful project for AC Lloyd.”
iLECSYS Group is relocating from its current site in Tring, which has been its home for the last 15 years. A total of 50 members of staff from its head office will be re-locating to the company’s new location in February.
Des Wynne, director at AC Lloyd, said: “Deeley Construction came forward with a great tender and we are delighted to be working with Martin and the team again.
“We know from the work we have done together previously that Deeley meet the very high standards that we set ourselves and I am sure iLECSYS will be extremely pleased with its new base.”
Caption: Front, Grace Tipson (iLECSYS Group) with, back, from the left, Lewis Westbury (iLECSYS Group), Kevin Minns (Minns Network Developments), Des Wynne (AC Lloyd) and Steve Turner (Deeley Construction)