Swiss Centre £200m Redevelopment Secures 5* W Hotel


McAleer & Rushe Group, developers of the Swiss Centre in London’s Leicester Square have announced an agreement with leading global hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts who will introduce their world class luxury ‘W’ brand to the UK for the first time. Construction of the £200m scheme has already commenced with completion estimated for Spring 2010.

Situated on a half acre site in the heart of the West End, the new development will provide a landmark gateway to Leicester Square. The 210,000sq.ft building will comprise the 194 bedroom 5 star ‘W Hotel’ with its 10 branded residences, signature spa, fitness facility, W Store, W Living Room experience as well as a restaurant and bar, together with an additional 10,000sq.ft retail unit at ground level and a 25,000sq.ft leisure unit in the basement which are available for lease separately. The scheme will give Leicester Square a contemporary new focal point as prestigious as the film premieres and celebrity parties for which it is famed.

Eamonn Laverty, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe Group, commented, “By securing such an aspirational and desirable brand as ‘W’ Hotels not to mention introducing it to the UK, we firmly believe the project will set new luxury hospitality benchmarks in the West End. Our design team led by Jestico & Whiles Architects have worked closely with Westminster City Council to achieve what we believe will be an iconic building which will be a fitting contribution towards the regeneration of Leicester Square and assist with driving further tourism and leisure business into the West End of London.”

W Hotels is a global lifestyle brand with 21 properties in the most vibrant cities around the world and has become fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world. Each hotel offers a unique mix of innovative design, comfort, and cultural influences from fashion and design to music and art and everything in between.

“Marking the entry of the W brand in the UK, ‘W London-Leicester Square’ will provide a unique alternative for our guests and facilitate their discovery of one of the world’s most fashionable cities. The hotel will offer escape, exclusivity and innovative design in the heart of London’s most dynamic district,” said Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Westminster City Council plans to upgrade the physical environment of Leicester Square through the refurbishment of this world renowned destination, with McAleer & Rushe Group supporting this initiative and contributing to its cost through the planning gain agreement put in place for the site as part of the planning permission for its redevelopment.

A team led by Chris Martin and Michelle Webb of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels brokered the agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts on behalf of McAleer & Rushe Group. The team advised the Irish developer on the substantially enhanced value a 5 star lifestyle brand could deliver to a new hotel in Leicester Square.

“Due to its unique location and development potential, the site was a perfect fit for an internationally renowned luxury lifestyle brand and ‘W hotels’ was truly a perfect match. In London terms, Leicester Square is as close a match to the phenomenally successful ‘W New York-Times Square’ location as could be found, and with the combination of such an exciting product and high profile location we are sure the ‘W London-Leicester Square’ will quickly become one of London’s most famous hotels,” stated Chris Martin.

Other McAleer & Rushe Group projects in Central London include the redevelopment of 2-16 Baker Street as a new 150,000sq.ft headquarters office facility and 46-49 Blackfriars Road as a 225,000sq.ft hotel and office development.

McAleer & Rushe complete 247 bedroom Jury’s Inn, Plymouth


McAleer & Rushe have successfully completed the 247 bedroom 3* Jurys Inn in Plymouth – part of a mixed use scheme encompassing an additional 64 apartments and 5,000 sq ft of leisure, bar or restaurant space.

Ideally situated in the heart of the city centre on Exeter Street, adjacent to Plymouth’s historic quarter, Jury’s Inn Plymouth is only minutes away from all business, shopping, cultural and entertainment districts.

Facilities at the new Plymouth Inn include inter alia:

  • 247 rooms
  • Restaurant / bar
  • Dedicated meeting rooms
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Laundry / dry-cleaning

Local Property Firm Builds on Previous Success


Following on from the success of 2006, the McAleer and Rushe Group have added yet another two awards to their collection. Already, Northern Ireland Property Developer of the Year, the firm were recently awarded ‘Commercial Construction Project’ and the overall award for ‘Most Outstanding Entry’ at the recent CEF Specify Construction Excellence awards held at the Culloden Hotel, Cultra.

The McAleer & Rushe Group is one of Northern Ireland’s leading Construction and Property Development companies who carry out a variety of Commercial, Residential and Mixed use projects throughout Ireland and the UK.

Eamon Laverty, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe Group commented: “To be recognised by our peers is a wonderful accolade. After recently celebrating 40 years in business we are delighted to achieve acknowledgment for our dedication and innovation to the construction industry, in providing property and construction services from one dedicated source.

The ‘Commercial Construction Project’ was awarded for the newly completed landmark Invest Northern Ireland Headquarters on Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre. McAleer and Rushe, delivered the construction of the project within a staggering 10-month period. This remarkable timescale demonstrated the group’s ethos of innovation in design and construction and close co-operation between all project parties ensured the successful development was delivered on time and on budget.

Created as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) arrangement, the building was designed to help achieve the occupants core objective of securing higher levels of innovation and enterprise for the Northern Irish business community.

John Armstrong, Managing Director of the CEF added: “The work by McAleer and Rushe on Bedford Square Phase 1 really set the standard for the Awards. Their design and build team used exemplary construction techniques and delivered the project within a very tight timescale. It is now considered a benchmark for all future public sector accommodation projects in Northern Ireland.

McAleer & Rushe complete 234 bedroom Jury’s Inn, Brighton


McAleer & Rushe have successfully completed the 234 bedroom 3* Jurys Inn in Brighton – part of a mixed use scheme encompassing an additional 35,000 sq ft of offices (subject to planning).

Centrally located adjacent to the train station, Jurys Inn Brighton is in the heart of the New England Qtr of the city, a new urban area comprising retail, hotels, housing, community and educational facilities.

Facilities at the new Brighton Jurys Inn include inter alia:

  • 234 rooms
  • Restaurant / bar
  • Dedicated meeting rooms
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Duvets
  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Laundry / dry-cleaning

McAleer & Rushe complete unique Staybridge Suites Hotel, Liverpool


McAleer & Rushe have successfully completed the first Staybridge Suites hotel in Europe. The hotel, the first and only non-smoking all suite extended-stay branded hotel in Europe caters to guests looking for just one night, one week or longer.

The hotel is located on the famous Kings Waterfront, opposite the ECHO Arena, BT Convention Centre and Albert Docks, the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, and home to The Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool and Maritime Museum.

All suites are fully furnished, including inter alia:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Living room area
  • Work space with FREE Wi-Fi Internet
  • FLAT SCREEN TV with cable/movies

Hotel amenities include:

  • 24-HR Service
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening receptions (Mon-Thurs)
  • Newspaper
  • Business centre
  • Fitness room
  • Free guest laundry

McAleer & Rushe complete 310 bedroom Jurys Inn, Liverpool


McAleer & Rushe have successfully completed the 310 bedroom 3* Jurys Inn in Liverpool- part of the wider regeneration of the Albert Docks area.

Centrally located adjacent Kings Waterfront, adjacent to the Albert Dock, Jurys Inn Liverpool is the perfect solution to your accommodation requirements, in the heart of all this exciting city has to offer.

Facilities at the new Inn include, inter alia:

  • 310 rooms
  • Restaurant / bar / coffee bar
  • Dedicated meeting rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Duvets
  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Laundry / dry-cleaning

McAleer & Rushe secure contract for new €130m Hotel and car-park for Dublin Airport


McAleer & Rushe have been successful in designing the new terminal linked 4* hotel and multi-storey car-park at Dublin Airport. The hotel and car-park will be linked directly to the airport’s new passenger terminal T2.

The project to design and construct an innovative accommodation and car-parking scheme was put out to public tender in Qtr 2 2007. McAleer and Rushe, with the experience of designing and building over 30 hotels, secured the contract against strong interest from Ireland’s other leading developer’s.

Plans for the new hotel, which will have up to 400 bedrooms, and the linked multi-storey car park with up to 3,000 spaces, have been submitted by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to An Bord Pleanála in recent weeks. The aspiration is for construction to commence in late 2008, subject to planning. The DAA will own the car park while the hotel, which will operate under InterContinental Hotel’s Crowne Plaza brand, will be owned by Irish hotel operator Tifco (Clontarf Castle Hotels).

Subject to planning, the new 11-storey Crowne Plaza hotel will have a floor area of 28,000 sq metres. In addition to up to 400 bedrooms, it will contain associated business facilities, bars, restaurant, meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

The spaces in the new multi-storey car park will be divided between short-term public parking, car hire, hotel customers and service vehicles. The new hotel and car park will open in 2010, with the first 750 spaces of the car park operational by April of that year to coincide with the opening of Terminal 2.

The hotel and multi-storey car park will connect directly with T2 and will be located close to the existing passenger terminal. The hotel will also be situated beside the proposed Metro station at Dublin Airport.