New Entrance At Warwick Racecourse Unveiled

The new main entrance at Warwick Racecourse has been unveiled on one of its biggest racedays of the year.

Racegoers attending The Gentleman’s Raceday featuring The Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase on Saturday, February 10, enjoyed a warmer welcome as the first to officially go through the improved turnstiles.

The new-look entrance fronted by a public plaza at The Jockey Club racecourse was opened by the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross.

He was joined by Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, Andy Clark, Chairman of Warwick Racecourse, and Charlie Brooks, Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project.

The redevelopment, featuring a timber-clad entrance wall and canopy over new turnstiles, provides the racecourse with an improved entrance, and the public with an open landscaped area with seating that can be used all-year round.

The scheme, designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects in Gloucester, also marks the first step of the St Mary’s Lands Masterplan to improve the common land which is home to the racecourse and other community assets.

Cllr Cross said: “I was delighted to open the new entrance, which not only provides a great new facility for racegoers but also improves the open space vista in that corner of St Mary’s Lands.”

Warwick Racecourse was a finalist for the Community and Corporate and Social Responsibility Award at the Racecourse Association’s Showcase Awards 2017 for its work on the masterplan.

Andre said: “The new entrance has been my number one priority since arriving at Warwick Racecourse.

“It provides a much more welcoming approach to our great racecourse and will hopefully encourage more people to come racing and experience a day at our track. The operational improvements are significant as well.

“This investment by The Jockey Club reflects a determination to set the course on a pathway to a prosperous future, and comes off the back of our increased attendances and our improving racing surface.

“It is part of a wider scheme to improve the gateway to St Mary’s Land which is a vitally important asset to Warwick.

“There has been a great team approach to this project with really valuable input from the community, in particular the members of the St Mary’s Land Working Party and Warwick District Council, who have contributed at every stage.”

It follows the unveiling in September of The Coronation Club, a new membership lounge, for which Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, was also principal contractor.

Charlie said: “We were thrilled to be appointed principal contractor on the new entrance at Warwick Racecourse, having completed The Coronation Club refurbishment project for the start of this season.

“It’s been great to work with our local racecourse once again, and we hope visitors and the local community enjoy this latest improvement.”

The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Budbrooke Chase Family Fun Day on Friday, February 23. For membership and advanced tickets go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk

Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross (centre), with Andre Klein (general manager, Warwick Racecourse) to his left, Charlie Brooks (far left, construction director, Wigley Building and Development), James Ellerington (far right director of operations, The Wigley Group), with members of the Racecourse Committee.

Wigley Building and Development Expands To Support Growth

The construction arm of a leading commercial property company based in Coventry is building on a strong foundation year by extending its management team.

Wigley Building and Development has increased its number of senior staff, including site managers, quantity surveyors and project managers, to 12 within its first 12 months.

It was established in May 2017 from The Wigley Group’s merger with UK-wide main contractor Ciexbe Limited to strengthen its construction services.

The team, led by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, has been expanded in light of an increasing volume of commercial projects being secured throughout the Midlands.

The business is now looking to add to its established network of subcontractors and suppliers to further support its rapid growth, and will be hosting a supply chain event on Wednesday, February 28.

The event will be held from 9.30am to 4.30pm, at Warwick Racecourse, where Wigley Building and Development has been principal contractor on two schemes.

Charlie said: “The expansion of our in-house management team and network of subcontractors and suppliers reflects a first year performance which has far exceeded our expectations.

“The combination of Ciexbe’s decades of experience and ability to deliver with the financial backing and depth of The Wigley Group has proved to be a strong force, and we have been appointed on a wide range of commercial projects.

“We now want to build on our supply chain and the event at Warwick Racecourse on February 28 is open to experienced and accredited subcontractors from all construction trades across the Midlands who want to be part of our wider team.”

Wigley Building and Development specialises in industrial, office, retail, leisure and residential sectors, from refurbishments and fit-outs to new builds, and from concept to completion, up to £12 million.

Projects to date include the new entrance and Coronation Club at Warwick Racecourse, the new Red Kangaroo trampoline park on the edge of Coventry, and a major expansion of Kite Packaging’s headquarters in the city.

 

A recent restructure of The Wigley Group involved the creation of a central services division to support its growing commercial property, risk and construction businesses, including Wigley Building and Development, in core operational areas.

 

Internal promotions have been made to head up the new division’s areas with Lisa Bristow as head of finance, Claire Lynch moving to head of compliance and Bill Watts becoming operations manager.

Anyone interested in attending Wigley Building and Development’s supply chain event should contact reception@thewigleygroup.com or 02476 224600.

 

 

Charlie Brooks is pictured front centre with Claire Lynch (to the left) and Bill Watts and Lisa Bristow (to the right), and the Wigley Building and Development management team.

The Wigley Group Appoints New Chairman and Managing Director

The managing director of a leading commercial property company based in Coventry has been appointed chairman ten years since the position was last held by his late father.

Robert Wigley is taking on the new role at The Wigley Group which was founded by his father, John, in 1964 as an agricultural plant hire company and has evolved over the years into a major commercial property, risk and construction firm.

Robert has been involved in the business from a young age and rose through the ranks to become managing director in 2005, three years before his father passed away.

His appointment as chairman is part of a company restructure to support its growth over the next decade.

James Davies, whose father, Gordon, worked alongside John Wigley and passed away in the same year of 2008, has moved from a director to managing director.

Robert said: “It is ten years since my father, John, and James’ father, Gordon, who together built the foundations of The Wigley Group, passed away.

“Since that fateful year, James and I have worked closely to drive the company forward to where it is today.

“It is therefore poignant that a decade on, I am taking on the position that was last held by my father and James is replacing me as managing director.

“I am looking forward to this new chapter which will see James and I continuing to work side-by-side as our fathers did to ensure all areas of the company grow and flourish.”

The restructure follows one of the company’s most significant years of growth, which included its merger with UK-wide main contractor Ciexbe Limited to form Wigley Building and Development, which is headed by construction director Charlie Brooks.

James said: “My father and John worked together since their teens.  They were born a few months apart and died a few months apart in 2008, which is when I joined the company as estates manager and began working with Robert to carry it forward.

“We have made significant strides and it is fitting that we are now taking on these new roles as part of a restructure which will set the company up for the next ten years.

“It comes as we look ahead to this year moving from our current headquarters at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry to Stockton House in Southam, the former country house we acquired in 2017.

“It will mark a close return to The Wigley Group’s roots with the company having started out around ten miles away in Barby, near Rugby, and reinforces the family history of which Robert and I are so proud.”

As part of the restructure, James Ellerington also moves from head of asset management to the new position of director of operations.  He will oversee the new central services division which has been created to provide key support to all businesses within the Group.

 

Pictured, from left to right, are James Ellerington, Robert Wigley, James Davies and Charlie Brooks.

Wigley Building & Development begins work on Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park

Work is underway to transform an industrial warehouse on the edge of Coventry into one of the largest indoor trampoline parks in the UK.

The 54,000 sq ft unit in School Lane, Exhall, is being converted by trampoline operator Red Kangaroo which is investing around £2 million in the new leisure attraction, the first of its kind in the Coventry and North Warwickshire area.

The extensive three-month refurbishment is being carried out by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group which owns and leases the site to Red Kangaroo.

The park is due to open on February 1 in time for half-term and is expected to create around 80 jobs.

Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, said: “We’re excited for work to get underway to create a trampoline park that will be the first for the area and offer a very different experience as it will be considerably bigger than other facilities of its kind.

“It made sense for us to appoint Wigley Building and Development to carry out the refurbishment as the building is owned by The Wigley Group and we know they will do a great job.

“Alongside 75 super-sized trampolines, there will be a host of additional features combining fun and exercise for all ages including ninja warriors, foam pits, dive platforms, wipeout, dodge ball, slide tower, tumble bed, slam dunk, aeroball and a large soft play area.”

The work is being overseen by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, which specialises in commercial projects from refurbishments and fit-outs to new builds.

He said: “We are delighted to be working with Red Kangaroo to bring this exciting new leisure facility to the area.

“It involves a total refurbishment of the building from a full electrical fit-out and mechanical installation to creating a new entrance, mezzanine floors for spectators and additional parking.

“New cladding has already been installed to the exterior of the building and the interior has been stripped out with partition walls in place to accommodate the reception area, party rooms, soft play, café and toilets around the main trampoline and activity space.”

It will be Red Kangaroo’s third trampoline park in the UK following openings in Reading and Nottingham in 2017.

Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, and Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development.

The Wigley Group Sign A New Sponsorship Deal With Warwick Racecourse

 

A leading property group has ensured it will be a winner at every race held at Warwick this season thanks to a new sponsorship deal.

The Wigley Group, a commercial property, risk and construction company based in Coventry, has moved from sponsoring races at the Jockey Club course, to a deal which will see its name in the winning enclosure for the next three seasons.

The company recently completed the creation of the Coronation Club for Premium members at the course which was built by Wigley Building and Development, the construction side of the firm.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have ever closer ties with Warwick Racecourse over recent years and that has developed from us attending meetings, sponsoring individual races and days through to this full longer-term sponsorship.

“The management of the racecourse is doing a great job in raising the standards and the profile of the course and we know that our customers always have a really good experience when they join us at meetings.”

Warwick Racecourse stopped flat racing two years ago with the ambition of being the best small jumps racecourse in the country, and has two meetings in November and two in December including New Year’s Eve which is one of the best attended dates in its calendar.

Andre Klein, the general manager of Warwick Racecourse, said: “We are working hard to form closer links with local businesses and the Wigley Group is an ideal example of a very successful company with who we have a very successful relationship.”

Pictured at Warwick Racecourse are, from left to right, Andre Klein, general manager of Warwick Racecourse, Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, and James Davies, director of The Wigley Group.

The Wigley Group Completes the Build of Two New Industrial Units in Coventry

A speculative development which will help meet a shortage of commercial property in Coventry has been completed.

Two new industrial units totalling 17,000 sq ft have been built at Henley Road Industrial Estate by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, which owns the site.

Strong interest has already been shown in the leasehold of the adjacent 7,252 sq ft and 8,700 sq ft units which are now available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy and GVA.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have made a significant investment in this speculative development due to the recognised shortage of commercial property in Coventry.

“The clear demand for space for businesses to grow, invest and create jobs gave us the confidence to build out the scheme on what is already a thriving, multi-tenanted industrial estate.

“We are delighted with the finish. Both units have been built to a high specification for general industrial use with good circulation space and car parking.”

The 125,000 sq ft estate was purchased in the late 1990s by The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, construction and risk.

The works were completed by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group.

Rob Watts, senior surveyor at GVA, said: “There is a significant lack of industrial units of this size in the market, especially new builds. We have not seen developers build to this scale and quality in recent years and initial interest has been strong.”

James Brookes, associate partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “This is a well-positioned industrial estate in the north of Coventry, close to junction two of the M6.  It is already home to storage and distribution companies and the new units would be particularly attractive as a logistics depot.”

Pictured inside one of the new units are, from left to right, Robert Wigley (managing director of The Wigley Group), Rob Watts, James Brookes and James Davies.

The Wigley Group Invests In The Future With New Appointments

A Coventry company is investing further in the future with the appointment of three university placement students.

The Wigley Group is now in its fourth year of taking on placement students from Coventry University and for the first time, is providing opportunities for more than one undergraduate to gain industry experience as part of their degree.

Lianne Moir, Rebeka Linture and Becky Peckham have all joined the leading commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park for 12 months having completed the second year of their degree courses.

Lianne, aged 21, who is studying sports management, is an administration, marketing and events assistant. Business management student Rebeka Linture, aged 23, is an estates assistant, and Becky Peckham, aged 20, who is studying business and finance, has been taken on in accounts support.

At the same time, 19-year-old Olivia Frogley has joined in a permanent role as a health and safety administration assistant.

Alexis Considine, aged 19, who was appointed as an accounts apprentice earlier this year through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training (CWCT), has now been promoted to accounts assistant.

James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, said: “We are committed to investing in the future and developing our strong partnership with Coventry University, in addition to providing apprenticeships and other career opportunities for young people.

“We have taken on a student from Coventry University as part of their degree every year since 2014 and are now extending that opportunity as we value the contribution that they make to our business and the support we provide in preparation for their future careers.”

Gemma Mukerji completed her placement as office administrator in July and has since been given a part-time role whilst completing her marketing degree at Coventry University with a view to being offered a full-time, permanent position when she graduates next year.

The 22-year-old said: “My placement year with The Wigley Group was fantastic. I was given as much responsibility as a full-time employee and was able to get involved in all aspects of the company which was invaluable.

“I’m delighted to have now been offered a full-time, permanent position when I graduate and staying on a part-time basis will enable me to build on my experience and keep in touch with company developments until then.”

Dalvinder Sanghera, employer engagement manager for the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University, said: “Employability is a big initiative for Coventry University and our focus is on encouraging students to gain industry placements and work experience to enhance their chances in the graduate labour market.

“We pride ourselves on supporting local companies, as well as national and international organisations, and are pleased to have been able to supply The Wigley Group with good calibre students.  Gemma is a prime example of how our placements can help a business grow its own talent.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Lianne Moir, Becky Peckham, Gemma Mukerji, Lisa Bristow (Finance Manager at The Wigley Group), James Ellerington, Dalvinder Sanghera, Alexis Considine, Rebeka Linture and Olivia Frogley.

The Coronation Club unveiled at Warwick Racecourse

The new season at Warwick Racecourse was crowned with the unveiling of The Coronation Club.

Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton, who is an ambassador of Warwick Racecourse, officially opened the new membership lounge ahead of the first race at The Racing UK Grand Season Opener on Tuesday, September 26.

He was joined by Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, and Charlie Brooks, Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project, Alison Deverill, from Design Difference, who assisted in the interior design, and Andy Clark, Chairman of Warwick Racecourse.

The Coronation Club, which is located on the ground floor close to the Parade Ring, has been created from space that was formerly a tote betting area and will house Warwick Racecourse’s new premium members.

Andre said: “The Coronation Club is our most exclusive membership offering at Warwick Racecourse and proved so popular that it was already sold out for this season ahead of our opening fixture.

“We are delighted with the new facility which enhances our range of membership packages and builds upon our continuing improvements to the race day experience for all visitors.

“The season has got off to a great start and we are looking forward to building on last year when we achieved the biggest like-for-like percentage increase in attendances of any racecourse in the country.”

Wigley Building and Development is the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Coventry, and specialises in major and minor works primarily in the commercial sector.

Charlie said: “We were delighted to successfully tender for this refurbishment project particularly as Warwick is our local racecourse. It is the first time that we have undertaken work on behalf of The Jockey Club.

“It was great to be invited to join Dan Skelton for the unveiling, especially as we built the new staff accommodation at his yard near Alcester last year.

“It’s fantastic to see The Coronation Club being enjoyed by its members for the first time.”

Eric Palmer – Warwick’s longest serving member – celebrated his 81st birthday by joining the official party along with Gerry Corum, another Warwick member who recently completed visits to every single racecourse in the UK.

The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Autumn Meeting on Thursday, October 5. For membership and advanced tickets go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk

Left to right – Andre Klein (General Manager at Warwick Racecourse), Charlie Brooks (Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development), Dan Skelton (Warwickshire Trainer), Alison Deverill (Design Difference) and Andy Clark (Chairman of Warwick Racecourse), Eric Palmer (Longest serving member) and Gerry Corum (Been to every racecourse in England).

The Wigley Group Acquires Historic Property For New HQ

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has acquired a former country house in Warwickshire for its new headquarters.

The Wigley Group has bought Kings House in Stockton, Southam, as its new operational base after gaining planning permission from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for change of use from residential accommodation to offices.

The substantial period property situated within five acres of land off Rugby Road was owned by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust and sold by property agents Fisher German.

The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction, is currently based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry.

The move will mark a close return to The Wigley Group’s roots with the company having been established around ten miles away in Barby, near Rugby, in 1964.

Managing director Robert Wigley, whose father founded the company, said: “We are delighted to have purchased Kings House. It is a fantastic period property of local historic value and will provide a solid and impressive foundation for our next 50 years and beyond.

“We were pleased that our plans were supported by both the parish and district councils, and look forward to returning the house to its former glory and its original name of Stockton House.”

Refurbishment by The Wigley Group’s in-house team will get underway in September and involve access improvements onto Rugby Road and Napton Road, and the creation of car parking.

The company’s 20-plus employees, many of whom live in the locality, are expected to move into the new headquarters by the spring of next year.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group is fast-developing as a company and with our plans to utilise the space more effectively, Kings House will perfectly accommodate our growth.

“The size of the building and the range of rooms offer great flexibility. We intend to use the rooms on the first floor for offices and those on the ground floor for meetings, conferences and functions.

“One of our big ambitions is to work with associated companies and wider business organisations in the Coventry and Warwickshire area to hold meetings and networking events here.”

Robert Russell, regional managing partner for the South Central Region of Fisher German, said: “We are very pleased to have completed on the sale of Kings House to The Wigley Group.

“Properties like this are rare to the market in this area. Given its size and location next to Rugby Road, it was unlikely to be acquired in its current form as a single private residence and was therefore more suited to commercial use.

“The layout and size of the rooms will make a great company headquarters and The Wigley Group’s plans to refurbish and update the house will add to the next chapter in its history.”

Pictured, from left to right, at Kings House are Robert Russell (Fisher German), Robert Wigley (managing director of The Wigley Group) and James Davies (director, The Wigley Group).

The Wigley Group Doubles Fundraising Target For Tiny Tim’s

Colleagues at The Wigley Group more than stepped up to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge by doubling their fundraising target for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen local charity of the year by taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks in under 12 hours, but managed to collect £2,012 in sponsorship.

Tiny Tim’s provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs, and the money raised will go towards therapy sessions.

James Ellerington, head of asset management at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We didn’t expect to raise so much but everyone from friends and family to colleagues and contacts dug really deep as Tiny Tim’s is such a good cause.

“Each therapy session costs £25 and so this money will hopefully go a long way to supporting youngsters in need of the treatment.

“The challenge was more difficult than any of us had anticipated and everyone in the team pulled together to make sure we completed it. It was a great experience and we’re all thrilled and thankful for the amount raised.”

Health and safety manager Claire Lynch, estates manager Louis Smith, facilities operative Lee Hopkins, accounts apprentice Alexis Considine, facilities manager Alan Greenway, director James Davies and James Ellerington made up the team.

Sarah Hemings, centre manager at Tiny Tim’s, said: “It was an amazing effort by The Wigley Group and we really appreciate their efforts to raise such a fantastic amount.

“The treatment we provide in physiotherapy, massage therapy, Bowen therapy, reflexology and occupational therapy can make a huge difference to the children and their families.

“As a small charity, we rely heavily on donations to provide the treatment. Last year we did 4,000 therapy sessions and the money raised by The Wigley Group will pay for 80 more.”

Pictured, from left to right, on The Wigley Group vehicle are Alan Greenway, Louis Smith, Claire Lynch and Alexis Considine, and at the front, Graham Hayden (massage therapist at Tiny Tim’s), James Ellerington (The Wigley Group), and Sarah Hemings (centre manager at Tiny Tim’s).

 

 

The 5th Wigley Group Golf Day Raises £17,000 For New Charity Initiative WSF

Sporting celebrities and business professionals clubbed together at an annual golf day held by a Coventry company to raise £17,000 for a new fund to equip soldiers with new skills for a new start.

The Wigley Support Fund has been launched by The Wigley Group to help retrain soldiers identified by the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The commercial property company based in Coventry has now raised over £80,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last five years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

For the first time, money raised from this year’s event held at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to The Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new career.

Around 200 business professionals attended with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE, former England football player and manager, and other sporting figures including darts legends Steve Beaton, Mervyn King and Colin Lloyd.

The Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils was due to get the day underway by landing on the course with the tournament golf balls, but had to cancel at the last-minute due to low cloud.

Children from the local Staverton CE Primary School who had been invited to watch the freefall display instead enjoyed a special fly-by and the chance to meet members of the Red Devils and Kevin Keegan.

Kevin said: “It was a great day raising money for The Wigley Support Fund which is a fantastic cause.  I have always had strong ties with the armed forces and so this is something that I support wholeheartedly. I was delighted to be part of the day.”

Former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer John McDonald hosted the event which was also attended by the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund, Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who is being helped with the cost of studying towards a career in cyber security.

Sports memorabilia including a football shirt signed by former Brazilian footballer Pelé and a boxing glove autographed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua were auctioned for The Wigley Support Fund during the gala dinner.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “This is the fifth year of our annual golf day and the first time that the money raised from it will go to The Wigley Support Fund which we have set-up to help retrain soldiers identified by Support Our Paras.

“The money raised will help many serving and injured soldiers take their first all-important step onto a new career ladder.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and are hugely grateful for the support and generosity of everyone who attended.

“We were delighted to have Kevin Keegan as our special guest and to welcome Bentley Birmingham and the European Golf Challenge as new event supporters.”

Pictured ready to tee-off The Wigley Group Golf Open with at the front, from left to right, LCpl Luke Hirst (Red Devils), Pte Cameron Clark (Red Devils), host John McDonald, James Davies (director, The Wigley Group), Kevin Keegan OBE, Robert Wigley (managing director, The Wigley Group), LCpl Gavin Prue (first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund), Capt Joseph Palmer (Red Devils).