9th Dec, 2016

Former Coventry University students help transform Alan Berry building

Shaun Reynolds 16th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PAIR of former students who are now construction property professionals have 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 that £500,000 project that Deeley Construction are undertaking to help transform the Alan Berry Building.

The project, which will take four months to complete, will transform the main entrance of the building on University Square.

Clayton, aged 23 and a former pupil at Finham Park School, is acting as the quantity surveyor while Chris, aged 29 and former Cardinal Newman School pupil, is a site manager with the company.

Both Clayton and Chris completed their training under the senior professionals at Deeley, which involved working on sites and projects while continuing their studies towards a degree.

Clayton said: “We heard the news 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.

“Hopefully my former tutors believe I have done a good job.”

Peter Deeley, of Deeley Construction, said: “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.

“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 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.”