A new affordable family housing development in Leamington Spa has hit a high point – thanks to the town’s Mayor.
Councillor Ann Morrison, the Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, performed a topping out ceremony with developer Orbit and Coventry-based Deeley Construction at Union Park, a £29 million development of 143 affordable family homes on the former Soans motor dealership site in Sydenham.
The regeneration of the seven acre site along the Grand Union canal will offer a range of new housing options for local people, including 55 homes for sale, 39 for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and 49 for affordable rent.
Councillor Morrison said: “It is always encouraging to see the productive re-use of brownfield land and this site is an example of that, so I was delighted to play my part and will follow the development closely as it moves towards completion.
“It is well documented that there is a national, regional and local shortage of housing, and we are keen to see a range of quality affordable housing in our area allowing people to get on to or move up the housing ladder.
“It will be great to see the first phase of Union Park completed and occupied next year.”
The development is due for final completion in the first half of 2018.
Anthony Holt, head of development at Orbit, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see our newest development in Leamington reach this important milestone. The town’s housing market means there is shortage of affordable housing in the area. Through Union Park, Orbit will offer canal-side living to local people and provide a range of quality homes to meet their differing needs and aspirations.”
Union Park is the second time in recent years Orbit and Deeley have worked together in the town after their successful collaboration on Queensway Court, which saw the creation of 178 independent living with care homes.
Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “Union Park is much needed in terms of the styles of property and range of tenures it offers and we are grateful to Councillor Morrison for marking this important stage in the construction process.
“The Queensway development has proved extremely successful and created a vibrant community. We are sure that Union Park will do the same here on the other side of the town.”
Pictured (left to right): Anthony Holt (Orbit), Peter Deeley and Martin Gallagher (both Deeley Construction) and Councillor Ann Morrison
The wheels are rolling on the creation of the new £5.5 million bus depot for mid and south Warwickshire.
Warwick-based developer AC Lloyd and project managers Minns Network are creating a new depot and engineering hub for Stagecoach at Trident Park, in Warwick, as part of a major redevelopment plan in the district.
The company is currently based at Station Approach near the town centre of Leamington but is relocating from this site as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the land for housing, the majority of which will be available for rent or shared ownership through Waterloo Housing Association.
Work on the depot will be completed in April 2017 and it will include six mechanical maintenance pits, two areas to allow buses to be elevated for repair and inspection, an engineering office, a bus wash and parking for more than 75 vehicles.
Des Wynne, of AC Lloyd, said the new development would be a double improvement for the region.
“Station Approach will see the creation of much-needed affordable homes in a really convenient location close to the railway station and in turn has given Stagecoach the opportunity to create a state-of-the- art depot in Trident Park from where they will run their local operations,” he said.
“This will mark the completion of the Trident Park Development following the recent development of a new teaching facility for Warwickshire College, and the Trident Business Centre, both of which were successfully completed last year.”
He said: “It is also a very good news story for local businesses. Deeley Construction, who are based in Coventry and have worked extensively in the Leamington area, have won the depot construction contract.
“The two companies worked together recently on the College building and the contract went extremely well. The legal work was undertaken by Wright Hassall who are a stone’s throw from the site while the two agents – Bromwich Hardy and Avison Young – are also both local which really does underline the strength of the professional sector in this area.”
Stagecoach will have 165 people working out of the new depot, with buses and coaches operating from there across the area and into Coventry.
Steve Burd, Managing Director for Stagecoach Midlands, added: “”Bus services operated from the depot will cover South Warwickshire and run as far as Coventry in the North , Stratford in the South, Evesham in the West and Southam in the East .Our initial fleet will consist of 27 double decks , 26 single decks and 14 Gold standard minibuses.
“The move will allow us to significantly improve our engineering capability on site and provide our staff with the best modern facilities in which to work.”
Front; Steve Burd (left) and Des Wynne
Rear from left: David Tew (Avison Young), Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy), Claire Waring (Wright Hassall), Steve Turner (Deeley Group)
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.
‘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
Deeley Construction is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a string of industry award wins and nominations.
The company, which was formed in 1936, is holding a series of events throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.
And Deeley Construction has also been recognised at two major awards ceremonies already this year for work it has undertaken across the Midlands region.
The firm landed a Silver Award at the Consider Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards in Manchester for its work in creating a new B&M Store at Coventry Airport Retail Park.
At the same ceremony, Deeley Construction was presented with the Bronze Award for the Technology Centre at the MIRA Technology Park.
The company’s outstanding new teaching facility at Pershore College, which is part of Warwickshire College Group, was shortlisted in two categories at the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards – Project of the Year and Integration & Collaboration.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We work hard right across the company to ensure we deliver the very best service and, ultimately, the very best buildings for our clients.
“To receive recognition at awards ceremonies is a further testament to what we do and highlights that we offer best practice to clients.
“We are very proud of the projects that were recognised as they show-off a variety of works that Deeley Construction can undertake.
“It’s fitting that in this year of celebration for the company that we are continuing to grow and be recognised for our contribution to the built environment in this area.”
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