Two construction property professionals have gone back to put their theory into practice on a major scheme at Coventry University
Clayton Jones and Chris Newman, who both work for city-based Deeley Construction, have just been awarded first class degrees in Construction Management at Coventry University.
Now they are back at their former place of learning, to review the £500,000 project that Deeley Construction are undertaking to help transform the Alan Berry Building.
The project, which is taking four months to complete, will transform the main entrance of the building on University Square.
Twentry-nine year old Chris, a former pupil of Cardinal Newman School and twenty-three year old Clayton, a former pupil at Finham Park School, have been with Deeley Construction for three and five years respectively. Clayton, who is acting as Quantity Surveyor on the project, commented:
“Chris and I have done our training under the senior professionals at Deeley working on sites and projects while continuing our studies towards our degrees.
“We heard the news that we had both got a first while the project to transform the Alan Berry Building was taking place, which was very fitting.
“It is pleasing to be working on a project which is making a difference to such a key building in the city and at the university – and hopefully my former tutors believe I have done a good job!”
The building had to remain open and fully functional during the project, a traffic light system was installed to tell people using the building that noisy works were planned, and an open day was held during the construction period which required strict management.
Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “While we work across the UK, we are very much a Coventry company at heart so to see two local lads train with us and then complete their degrees at Coventry University is really rewarding.
“Construction needs a significant number of young people to join the industry to help with the demand to build in this country. By taking on trainees, we are able to give them hands-on experience whilst learning at college or university.
“We have undertaken several projects for the university in recent years and this particular scheme will make a massive difference to the look of what many people regard as the “front door” to the university.
“The university has – along with the local authority – really driven development and the quality of buildings in recent years and it has made a massive difference to the city in terms of its look and image.”
Deeley Construction is part of the Deeley Group which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is celebrating the landmark year with an 80 mile cycle ride which will raise money for the Heart of England Community Foundation which distributes funds to local community projects.
‘Working in partnership’ is one of those buzz phrases that so many businesses try to claim but so few can genuinely prove to be true. But when it comes to the Coventry based Deeley Group – a leading property development and construction firm – it’s a commitment to partnership that sees the company celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2016 in a very strong position.
It is working with a range of clients and partners from across the Coventry, Warwickshire and West Midlands region as well as a host of national organisations.
If you take this area alone and travel from north Warwickshire down through Coventry and into the south of the county, the evidence of the firm’s work is clear to see.
At the moment, Deeley Construction is working on a major extension to the Holland & Barrett headquarters at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton – a site developed by the Deeley Group over four decades.
And, in Stratford, the company has recently started work on new keyworker, private-rented accommodation on behalf of Orbit in the Town Centre – a site developed in conjunction with two other companies as part of the ABD partnership.
Add to that an unwavering commitment to a host of community and charitable causes including the Belgrade Theatre Trust, the Heart of England Community Foundation and the Grace Research Fund (among many others) and the positive impact that one firm – started by bricklayer George Deeley in 1936 – can clearly be seen.
Peter Deeley, George’s son, is still heavily involved with the firm as managing director of the group.
He said: “Developing partnerships is something that has always been important to us as a company and I believe it’s critical in today’s market.
“Some of the work we are undertaking at HORIBA MIRA, with both Warwick and Coventry universities, with the likes of Orbit Homes and LondonMetric, is all about relationships and partnership.
“It’s not simply about being a contractor or developer – it’s about being a part of the team that is going deliver a project. The construction team is winning repeat work with a number of clients and, again, I believe that comes down to the fact that we are seen as a partner not a contractor.
“When working in this area, our local knowledge really is of benefit to the client – it cannot be underestimated how valuable that can be. We have 80 years’ experience in this region and in this sector – few can say that.
“Another important point to stress is communication. In any business, you meet challenges but we always find it’s best to be open and transparent and talk to the client and others involved – again, that’s what partnership is all about.”
The company has been held in high regard, almost from day one in 1936.
GW Deeley, as it was then, won acclaim for providing the ‘best air-raid shelters’ in Coventry soon after the firm was established – a key market at the time! Then, in the 1940s, the company won a great deal of work building council houses in the Coventry and Rugby areas.
The 1950s and 60s saw further expansion of the business as the company branched out into building schools and other public buildings.
It developed its own HQ in Torrington Avenue, Coventry, and Peter joined the firm.
“I ran my first housing development site in Balsall Common,” he said, “it came in on time and on budget!”
The 1970s and 80s saw further expansion for the company, both through natural growth and through acquisition, with the purchase of Garlicks, the oldest Coventry building company which began trading in 1862.
The firm even dipped its toes into international waters by creating a Saudi Arabian division to help with major construction projects in the wake of the oil boom in the country.
It was in 1981 when the group first became involved with Bermuda Park in Nuneaton which is one of the most striking examples of regeneration across the region.
Over the course of 35 years, the company has turned a former rubbish dump and open cast coal mine on the outskirts of the town into a thriving location where people, quite literally, work, rest and play.
More than 1,000 new homes have been created on the site as well as jobs for more than 2,000 people and, once again, Deeley has worked with a range of partners to bring it forward – from local MPs through to the local community, for whom new sporting and social facilities have been created.
In 2008, the company made a move of its own to a new, purpose-built headquarters, named George House, at the Coventry Business Park.
From there, its reputation as one of the most respected, independent construction and development companies in the West Midlands has continued to flourish.
Its Queensway scheme in Leamington has, again, been an exemplar in regeneration. It saw a manufacturing company rehomed onto another Deeley site in Southam and the brownfield site was then developed into retail, employment space and new homes.
Peter Deeley said: “As a company, we have always tried to be more than just a business, but a member of the community both where we are based and where we are working.
“We support several charities and community initiatives across Coventry and Warwickshire because we believe that is the right thing to do.
“Again, it all comes down to partnerships and that word might explain why we’ve made it to our 80th anniversary and are still going strong!”
(Image: Deeley Group’s, Mixed-Use, Queensway Development)
‘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
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
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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