McAleer & Rushe complete 364 Bedroom hotel at Heathrow for Jury Doyle Hotel Group plc

DBH 20 - Jurys Inn Heathrow

McAleer & Rushe have successfully completed a new 364 bedroom bedroom hotel at Heathrow for the Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc. The hotel is the only one within the Heathrow complex to have direct access to the underground, using Hatton Cross, one stop from terminal One. The hotel includes:

  • A restaurant
  • Bar
  • Conference facilities and
  • Parking for 125 cars

McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart, announce further development of the Bedford St site in Belfast


Bedford St Developments Limited ( a joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart) have unveiled plans for further development at their Bedford Street site in Belfast following recent government confirmation that the PPP contract for Invest NI’s new headquarters on part of the site has been signed.  Construction work has started on a 13-storey building of which Invest NI will occupy eight floors when it is completed in October 2005.

The first phase of the development encompasses the 100,000 sq ft bespoke corporate headquarters for Invest Northern Ireland together with an additional five floors (c. 35,000 sq ft) of office space.  A new multi-storey tower/office development with in excess of 200,000 sq ft is planned for the next stage of the development while the final phase of development on the 1.2 acre site will be the refurbishment of the existing Ewart building, a listed building and former linen warehouse dating back to 1869.  It is anticipated that both phases will be completed in mid 2007. The developers also plan to create a landscaped public plaza designed to act as a focal point for what is already being described as an exciting new landmark city centre development.

The £100 million project will result in the creation of approximately 425,000 sq ft of space upon completion and while it is envisaged that most of this will be taken up by the office sector, the new Tower and newly-refurbished Ewart buildings will be designed to offer high specification, flexible accommodation suitable for a number of uses including leisure and residential.

Seamus McAleer, Chairman of McAleer & Rushe commented: – “Obviously, we’re delighted to have formalised this part of the contract.  Having worked very closely with government on finalising the design and service provision of Invest NI’s new head offices, we’re looking forward to see the project come to fruition.  This is also a very exciting time for us in terms of re-developing the rest of the site and we’re confident that when it’s completed, the development as a whole will inject new vitality into Bedford Street reaffirming it as the economic and commercial heart of the city.”

Paul Henry of property consultants, Osborne King, who managed the PPP bid on behalf of McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart and who have been retained as joint letting agents for the rest of the development added:- “While securing the PPP contract for Invest NI’s new headquarters was a crucial element in plans to develop the site overall, most of the plans for this development have been made on a speculative basis.  This demonstrates clearly the underlying confidence that developers have not just in the local property market but also in the local economy itself.

BTW Shiells are also acting as joint agents for Phases 2 and 3 of the Bedford Street scheme.

McAleer & Rushe acquire prime freehold development site in Leiceister Square, London


McAleer & Rushe have purchased the freehold interest of the Swiss Centre at Leicester Square from British Land plc. The building is currently occupied on a number of short-term flexible leases including a cinema, restaurants, bars and a car park at lower levels, with offices above, totaling around 112,000 sq ft.

It sits on an island site in the heart of London’s West End entertainment district, in a prime position to the north side of Leicester Square. McAleer & Rushe intend to enter talks with Westminster Council about redeveloping the building as a mixed use scheme, which could include a hotel, cinema, retail and residential space.

McAleer & Rushe to build new JuryDoyle Hotel Group 4-star hotel at Croke Park, Dublin


McAleer & Rushe have been awarded the design and build construction contract for the new Jurys Croke Park Hotel by the GAA. Located on Jone’s Road and facing the new 82,300 capacity Croke Park stadium, the hotel will encompass a total of 232 high quality 4-star bedrooms, executive loungs, restaurant and bar.

The building will also include a secure underground carpark with spaces for up to 178 cars. The hotel is expected to open in late summer 2005.

McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart, announce further £100m development plans of the Bedford St site in Belfast


McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart have announced plans for the development of their Bedford Street site in a £100m scheme that will include the new Invest Northern Ireland (“InvestNI”) headquarters and a further 325,000 sq ft of speculative accommodation incorporating an office tower, conversion of the listed Ewart building and double basement car-parking.

The 1.2 acre site, which is jointly owned by McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart, presently houses a surface car park and a listed, former linen warehouse which it is proposed will be converted to a hotel or commercial space. The Masterplan for the whole site has been approved by the planners to include all of the accommodation in a range of buildings located around an exciting central courtyard and culminating in a new tall building which will act as a visual buttress to Windsor House. The development will create a completely new image for Bedford Street and will be a landmark in the City

Barry Gardiner MP, NIO Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, yesterday confirmed McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart as preferred bidders for the design, construction and management of Invest NI’s new head quarters. Cookstown based McAleer & Rushe will be responsible for the design & build element of the contract.

The project to provide c.100,000 sq ft of purpose-built office space for InvestNI will be the first major office development to be constructed in Northern Ireland under the Public Private Partnership initiative. Commenting on their appointment as preferred bidder following a rigorous selection process, Eamonn Laverty, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe, remarked:-

“We’re delighted to have been selected as the Government’s preferred bidder and view working with Government under the Public Private Partnership as an exciting new business challenge that we hope will create further opportunities for the development of our business. The decision to locate the InvestNI headquarters on our site reaffirms Bedford St as the commercial heart of Belfast and the core of the economic and business district.”

Paul Henry of property consultants, Osborne King, who managed the bid on behalf of McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart added:-

“The decision to build these new offices under the Public Private Partnership initiative is unprecedented in Northern Ireland and will undoubtedly act as a template for future government office requirements. Whilst having the best site close to the city centre was a factor in influencing the final selection of preferred bidder, in terms of design and layout, the actual building marks a radical departure from a fairly conventional, cellular layout that has characterised office accommodation in the past, replacing it with an open-plan layout aimed at creating a more dynamic and truly collaborative working environment.”

Work is due to start on-site imminently and it is expected that the initial InvestNI project will be ready for occupancy by September 2005.

McAleer & Rushe announce £60m development plans for London Rd site in Nottingham


McAleer & Rushe have announced plans for a £60m development of their London Road site, located in the Southeast of Nottingham city centre.

The mixed use development comprises three buildings around a landscaped central plaza on a 1.75 acre site.

The development will comprise:

  • 269 bedroom hotel
  • 70,000 sq ft office building
  • 110 appartments above
  • 12,000 sq ft of commercial space and
  • 168 space basement carpark

The company are building the 269 bedroom hotel, which will ultimately be leased to Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc. The hotel is planned to open in late 2005, with the remainder of the development targeted for late 2006.