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  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum opens after refurbishment

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  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum opens after refurbishment

    Visitors to a Coventry gallery have been enjoying its new £1.2 million refurbishment for the first time after completion by a leading local developer.

    Deeley Construction completed the improvement works at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in April, while it was still closed to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    It is now back open to the public and visitors can enjoy several newly refurbished galleries, four redeveloped larger galleries and improved welcome area, café, retail area and toilet facilities.

    The gallery is managed by charity Culture Coventry and the work was funded by the Cultural Capital Investment Fund, which is resourced by Coventry City Council and Arts Council England.

    It is set to host its first major events when UnNatural History and 2 Tone: Lives and Legacies open to the public on May 29, the first in a year-long programme of events as part of Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 schedule.

    Credit: Garry Jones

    Work completed to the gallery will significantly reduce its carbon footprint, while providing the perfect environmental conditions for showcasing world-leading art collections.

    The several refurbished galleries can be found on the first floor with new wall linings, flooring and lighting.

    While the four redeveloped galleries have been modernised and enable the hosting of large, world-class exhibitions.

    Deeley Construction completed the redevelopment work with many of the gallery’s art pieces still in place and acted under strict procedures set by on-site art specialists.

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, said: “We’re proud to have played our part in improving one of the city’s leading art and cultural institutions ahead of a huge year for Coventry.

    “Our team liaised closely with the gallery’s art curators to ensure works progressed smoothly and that the collections already housed at the Herbert were protected.

    “We completed the works largely when the gallery was closed to the public, so it’s fantastic to see people finally being able to enjoy the results of the finished renovation and the new spaces that have been created.”

    Credit: Garry Jones

    Paul Breed, Chief Executive of Culture Coventry, added: “We are delighted to finally be back open and able to share our new-look spaces with visitors.

    “It has been great to work with a trusted, local, family firm such as Deeley Construction as the main contractor on this project. The work completed will not only prove essential to up-scaling events for our City of Culture year, but also help us to achieve our ambitious legacy plans.”

    Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “It’s such a boost to everyone to see visitors at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, especially after the revamp and the extra spaces that have been created.

    “I can’t wait to visit myself. Lots of people and organisations have been supporting and working on the improvements and everyone deserves a lot of credit after the challenges of the pandemic.

    “This is a venue that people of all ages can enjoy for many years to come.”

    To find out more about the calendar of upcoming events at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum visit https://www.theherbert.org/

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  • BLOG: Developing as a site manager with guidance from a mentor

    Jake Bishop, 26, joined Deeley Construction as a trainee site manager in 2019 and is the latest in a long line of trainees making their mark at the firm.

    In our latest blog he discusses his development as a site manager and how he has benefitted from the guidance of a strong mentor.

    It’s been a whirlwind since joining Deeley Construction under two years ago and it’s safe to say I have learnt a lot in a short space of time.

    Prior to setting out on a career in construction I worked in video production, but moving industries is one of the best decisions I have made – and there are two people I can thank for that decision, my sister and Chris Newman, a contracts manager here at the firm.

    It was my sister who first encouraged me to look at construction and then Chris who pushed for me to join up with Deeley Construction and undertake further training and qualifications.

    After a month working as an assistant on a housing development, I moved onto managing a refurbishment project at University of Warwick. I was the only site manager on that project and again I can thank Chris for speaking to the directors and stating that he thought I already had the ability to manage the job.

    Since then, I have worked on multiple other projects, most notably the Aviator House mixed-use development at Haddenham and now, alongside the same team, we are starting work on an Extra Care development at Didcot.

    At Didcot I have more formal responsibilities again and it will be another important step in my development.

    When I was at school, and I think to some extent this is still true today, there wasn’t much information shared about construction and the vast range of opportunities available within the industry.

    There are so many branches on the construction tree, that simply aren’t known to young people.

    I’ve had the experience of working in another industry and it feels a lot more secure and stable with construction. Over the last 12 months the industry has continued to work through the pandemic and has proved crucial to the economy.

    I like the comradery of working in the industry – you’re regularly working with people from different walks of life and it has great social benefits.

    There is a great sense of pride when you see a project come through after a long build process.

    My digital background and keen attention to detail have been valuable transferrable skills from my previous career. It’s important to me that a job is completed to the highest possible standard, whilst understanding the benefit of implementing technology into my day-to-day role to increase efficiency.

    Deeley Construction has been a great support and invested a lot of time and resource into my development. They know better than most the benefits of investing in trainees, with managing director Martin Gallagher and construction director Steve Turner both coming through the trainee pathway.

    I’m on the verge of completing my two-year HSC qualification and then from October will be studying BSc Construction Management at Birmingham City University – all of this has been funded by the company.

    My focus is the continued development of my skills and knowledge, whilst taking on new challenges and guidance from people like Chris Newman to become a well-rounded and experienced site manager for the firm.

     

     

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  • Work starts on Sofology store

    A new Sofology store is set to open its doors later this year in Birmingham and work has now started on site.

    Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed by LondonMetric Property to build the new 10,000 sq ft store just south of the city centre.

    The retail unit will be built on the land adjacent to the existing DFS store on John Kempe Way and work is also being completed to renovate the front of the existing DFS store by Deeley Construction.

    Work is expected to be completed by September 2021, with the store expected to open to customers by the end of the year

    The £1.8 million development will be sustainably built and is expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent status, the world’s leading sustainability accreditation.

    Deeley Construction will be using responsibly sourced sustainable materials during the build, and will also be installing photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate energy, with electric vehicle charging points in the car park too.

    The store has been designed by architects R G Partnership, and the development will be project managed by Sharman Projects.

    Steve Turner, construction director at Deeley Construction, said: “As partners with LondonMetric Property on this development we have been involved from the early stages of the scheme and it is great to see work starting up on site.

    “Deeley Construction has supported with value engineering and assisted with closing pre-commencement planning conditions, demonstrating our ability to provide end-to-end support for clients.

    “From our early discussions with LondonMetric we concluded that this would be a sustainable build and we have been taking steps to improve the sustainability factor of the build.

    “The work is being completed in a live retail environment and our team have ensured there will be minimal disruption for customers visiting the adjacent DFS store.

    “The new store will generate employment for people living in the area and be a strong addition to the retail offering in south Birmingham.”

    Tom Pinder, Development Manager of LondonMetric Property, said:  “We are excited to be working with Deeley Construction on this development.

    “Having worked together on a number of projects previously, we have developed a strong partnership, which ultimately helps us harness our combined strengths to deliver excellent quality real estate for our occupiers.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Steve Turner (Deeley Construction), David Matthews (R G Partnership), Tom Pinder (LondonMetric) and Paul Sharman (Sharman Projects).

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  • David Currie joins the Deeley Group

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    Blog: Versatility in securing contracts across a range of sectors

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  • David Currie joins the Deeley Group

    Deeley Group has made a major appointment as part of new growth strategy.

    David Currie has joined the firm as Land and Partnerships Director and will help spearhead the company’s drive to grow its Affordable Living brand and increase its share of the affordable housing market.

    The firm, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary, has a long history in home building and is looking to make affordable housing 30 per cent of its group business over the next five years.

    The new role will see Currie, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, work to further increase Deeley Group’s extensive land holdings and also establish and strengthen relationships with providers in the affordable homes sector.

    Currie has had senior roles at CBRE and Public Sector Plc and is returning to the city where he started his career to help drive the expansion.

    He said: “The Deeley Group is very highly respected in the industry and it has always made affordable housing a priority. It is looking to grow that part of its business over the next few years and, with construction, development and housing at its core, it is very well placed to do that.

    “I have worked with the Eleanor Deeley in the past and I was really impressed with the vision the company has for growth, alongside what it stands for in terms of community and team working. The company might be 85-years-old, but it is very agile and ambitious in its approach.”

    Deeley has worked in housing since its formation and has partnered providers including Orbit Homes, Stonewater, Platform Housing Group, and Housing 21 in recent years as well as developing its own sites for sale in the Midlands.

    Eleanor Deeley said: “We are focused on growing our Affordable Living business and David will build upon the strong relationships we have in this very active market. We are delighted to welcome David to the Deeley team.

    “Our reputation and relationships in that market are very strong. Our longevity, financial performance and ability to deliver for clients is very well established and it is vital for providers to be partnered with companies that have a proven pedigree.

    “We have such a strong construction arm it allows us to engineer developments from the outset, meaning there is more value to be gained for partners.

    “David’s appointment is a key factor in our growth plans.  He has an excellent track record and he actually used to be my client before I joined Deeley, so we go back a decade, and have a very similar approach.”

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  • Blog: Versatility in securing contracts across a range of sectors

    Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, discusses the firm’s success in winning work across healthcare, retail and education in recent months.

    The Deeley Group has a long history of delivering high-quality developments across a range of sectors – and we have continued that pattern with a strong start to 2021.

    The foundation for these developments can be found in partnerships, something we pride ourselves on at Deeley Group and that continue to be fruitful in providing a stream of varied projects.

    Retail

    We have a trio of projects underway in the retail sector, including two developments in Birmingham.

    The new store in Hamstead, Birmingham, is the latest contract we have been awarded under the Lidl contractor framework

    We have also built trusted partnerships with organisations such as Ziran Land to deliver a new Costa Coffee drive-thru in Wolverhampton and with LondonMetric to build a new Sofology store in Birmingham.

    The benefits of partnerships and building relationships are clear and we have recently embarked on our third development for major supermarket chain Lidl.

     

    Healthcare

    It’s important to us that projects we carry out have a enhancing impact on the communities we are working within, and our work in healthcare and education is the perfect platform for this.

    Earlier this month we saw work start on a £11.3 million Extra Care Living development in Didcot for Housing 21 – another prime example of partnership working to full effect, as we are now onto our second project with Housing21.

    We understand the specific requirements of the operators and their residents, delivering schemes that create lasting value for all stakeholders. As a family business, people and the community are at the heart of everything we do.

     

    Education and Public Sector

    Then, in our home city of Coventry, we have started work on transforming a school in the east of the city. We have worked closely with Coventry City Council to deliver this project in time for the new school term.

    As well as the development providing clear benefits to the community through new education provision, we have also ensured that local subcontractors are used on the development and all of the on-site subcontractors are based within 30 miles of the site.

    We have also worked with Coventry University to enhance research and development capabilities at five of its facilities at the Coventry University Technology Park – which will of course have a positive knock-on effect on the economy in the city and wider region.

     

    Summary

    Our history as a contractor and a developer shows our ability to assist clients early on with brief and planning. This allows us to build strong relationships from the start of projects and can result in repeat business for the future. Currently 85% of our work has been secured through negotiation or with existing clients.

    Collaboration is key and we’re proud that our staff reflect that ethos in their day-to-day work. The work of our design and build team in engaging with clients on a project from the planning stage and communicating information effectively is a great example of that.

    Our ability to work across a broad range of sectors has served us well during the pandemic.

    In a tough market, we haven’t been a firm that has chased turnover or cut any corners. We have ensured a high standard of development that meets our client’s needs, whatever the sector.

    Again, that is an ethos which has served us well for 85 years and will continue to do so long into the future

     

     

     

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  • Dunelm store opens its doors

    A new multi-million pound Dunelm Mill store has welcomed customers for the first time in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

    The 22,000 sq ft unit at Wolstanton Retail Park has been built by Midlands-based Deeley Construction and has finally been able to open its doors following the Government’s announcement that non-essential retail could reopen from April 12.

    The store has employed around 60 new local members of staff and has been purpose-built for the retailer by Deeley Construction.

    Work was completed in October 2020 and carried out entirely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Dunelm Mill now has 174 shops, including the new Wolstanton store, and has seen its value rise to £2.8 billion over the last 12 months.

    The store was officially opened by Emily Petts, co-founder of Alice Charity which supports families living in poverty in the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

    Staff have been working closely with community groups ahead of opening, including collecting blankets for City Dogs Home and Alice Charity.

    Members of the Dunelm Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Support group on Facebook were invited to be the first customers of the store – with people queuing up from 7.30am to see inside the huge new store.

    The spacious store features a make and mend department to encourage repair and reuse of products.

    It also features a café, extended decorating offer and sells a vast selection of homeware and home furnishing goods – for which Dunelm is renowned for around the country.

    The cafe will be opening from May 17 and will include afternoon teas as part of its offering.

    Deeley Construction also completed work to improve the foundations of the existing Matalan unit and ensure a fire safety route from Marks & Spencer was maintained.

    Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “It’s brilliant to see the store finally open after what has been an incredibly difficult few months for retailers across the country.

    “With people queuing up to be the first into the store that proves there is a huge demand for a retailer of this type in the area and it is already providing a huge boost to the local economy, with new jobs and additional footfall for the retail park.

    “Our team delivered this development on site during the Covid-19 pandemic and in a live environment, with many customers still visiting Wolstanton Retail Park during the build.

    “We ensured there was as little disruption as possible to other businesses and the new Dunelm store is the latest addition to a thriving retail landscape in the area.”

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