McAleer & Rushe Celebrates The Launch Of The UK’s Largest Premier Inn Built By Us


Premier Inn has opened its 50,000th room and opened its largest Premier Inn yet at Gatwick Airport built by McAleer & Rushe.

The £60m Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport was officially opened last week by Whitbread managing director Patrick Dempsey, and Employment Minister, Mark Hoban MP.

Patrick Dempsey, managing director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said:

“Reaching 50,000 rooms across the portfolio is a great achievement that we are very pleased with. Our growth across Greater London is particularly exciting as it means we can offer even more people a great night’s sleep in the best locations and we look forward to opening many more over the next few years.”

McAleer & Rushe was there to share the celebrations as it was awarded the £29m contract to build the 630 bedroom hotel at Gatwick Airport for Arora Hotels’ development arm Grove Developments.

The 250,000 sq ft 630-bedroom hotel is right beside the drop off zone for the North terminal at Gatwick. Designed by Belfast-based Urban Innovations the Premier Inn has a bar and restaurant and Costa Coffee area on the entrance level, with the bedrooms located on nine levels above. Its layout is based on a ‘Doughnut’ form which is centred on an inner courtyard which provides an acoustic buffer zone from its busy surroundings. The hotel also boasts a four level car park beneath the hotel, together with a separate 400-space multi-deck car park.

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“This is our third project for Arora Hotels with whom we have established a very good rapport. They give us a very tight but clear brief to work to and we understand how important it is for each project to be delivered within budget and on time. This project was particularly significant to work on as it is the UK flagship for Premier Inn.”

Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel chain and is the largest provider of budget hotels within the M25 area with aims to increase its number of rooms by 50% and double its size in London by 2016.

McAleer & Rushe Sponsor European Hotel Design Award 2012

International hotel design was celebrated in London on Tuesday night, when nine of Europe’s notable hotels claimed top honours at the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards.

This international celebration acknowledges the passion and vision of the architects, designers and developers of Europe’s most recently completed and outstanding hotel projects.

BBC World News’ presenter, Mishal Husain hosted the ceremony which took place at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge London. Winning hotels included The Corinthia Hotel, Hotel Valentinerhof, with Superbude St Pauli in Hamburg stealing the show with three acclaimed awards.

European Hotel Design Awards

Leading hotel contractor and developer McAleer & Rushe sponsored the award ‘Conversion Of An Existing Non-Hotel Building To Hotel Use’. It was won by The Mirror Hotel, Barcelona, Spain.
McAleer & Rushe business development director James Hicken, presented the award to the Mirror Hotel’s designer GCA Architects.

The high-level judging panel included chair of the judges Simon Ford of InterContinental Hotels Group, Jeremy Blake of Purcell Miller Tritton, Christoph Hoffman of 25Hours Hotel Group and Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide.

Categories included Newbuild; Bedrooms & Bathrooms; Café, Bar, Nightclub & Lounge; Conversion of an Existing Building to Hotel Use and Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities.

The shortlisted entries hailed from all over Europe including UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Croatia.

The Aloft ExCel, London, which McAleer & Rushe built was also shortlisted in the ‘Newbuild Hotel’ category.

McAleer & Rushe’s Feeney Nominated For Construction Manager Of The Year


Congratulations to McAleer & Rushe’s Conor Feeney who was nominated for The Chartered Institute Of Building’s (CIOB) Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2012 for his work on the Aloft Excel, London E16.

His CIOB nomination stated:

Calm and considered, a young and enthusiastic Conor Feeney swiftly won the respect of his peers with the construction of this 252-bedroom hotel.

His smart move of completing the building maintenance unit early enough to figure heavily in the works accelerated the façade installation and reduced costs.

And his development of a pre-opening plan that gave the hotel operator early access allowed the hotel to open just three days after practical completion, to immense client satisfaction.

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Conor, to have his considerable talents so publicly recognised. The company is very proud.”

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McAleer & Rushe Deliver New Dublin Nursing Home For The Sisters Of Nazareth

NH-Malahide-MainMcAleer & Rushe has completed a £5.5m contract to build a nursing home for the Sisters of Nazareth in Dublin.

The 34,000 sq ft Nazareth House is a 36-bedroom scheme with en suites and various public and day care areas.

Work on the attractive White Ink-designed scheme which is located on the Malahide Road in Dublin began in January 2012.

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“We are very pleased to have played a leading role in delivering such an elegant building for the Sisters of Nazareth. We look forward to other opportunities to work together again.”

McAleer & Rushe Completes Brace Of Blackfriars Hotels For Accor

McAleer & Rushe has completed an innovative twin hotel scheme by London’s happening South Bank, at 46-49 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, for Accor Hotels.
The scheme which was forward funded by CommerzReal AG comprises a four-star Novotel with a two-star IBIS hotel to the rear.

Work began on the 14-storey, Consarc-designed scheme in November 2010. It is located just 100m from Southwark tube station it is convenient to London’s riverside attractions of the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre.

Novotel London Blackfriars includes 182 rooms, 12 business suites, six meeting rooms, a bar and restaurant and a full range of leisure facilities including a basement swimming pool. The new generation Novotel, is now open with lots of hi-tech gadgets to keep guests entertained, including restaurant tables fitted with televisions for lone diners and a multimedia table with iPads.

“It’s our best Novotel to date and represents the new generation of Novotels that we want to offer in the United Kingdom,”

said Thomas Dubaere, Accor’s managing director for the UK and Ireland.

The IBIS London Blackfriars has 297 bedrooms and is served by a bar and restaurant.

Accor Hotel Group chief operating officer Jean-Jacques Dessors said:

“This important development continues Accor’s strategic and ambitious expansion in the UK, particularly in London with the Novotel and IBIS brands.”

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“This has been a very significant project for us to work on. Strategically it makes an important contribution to London’s hotel offering, and locally the finished scheme has made a very significant addition to the regeneration of the Blackfriars area which is now a very attractive location. We look forward to working with Accor and their development partners on further projects.”

McAleer & Rushe Holds Aloft Award

A Docklands hotel in London built by McAleer & Rushe was singled out for special praise at the recent New London Awards 2012 held in the Guildhall in the City.

Designed by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles and built for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) the Aloft London Excel features 252 loft-like guest rooms and is located adjacent to ADNEC-owned, ExCeL London’s largest events venue in East London. Situated close to the London City Airport it was subject to height restrictions on development. In addition a major national service utility trench ran beneath the site and a protected public pedestrian route across the site had to be maintained. The resulting ‘serpentine’ layout cleverly addressed all these constraints and in so doing created a real sense of place for the new entrance to the International Conference Centre.

McAleer & Rushe Construction Director Martin Magee said:

“We are particularly pleased that the stylish design of the hotel and its contribution to regenerating this part of London was recognised.”

The McAleer & Rushe-built Aloft was the only hotel which won an award at the New London Awards which recognise the capital’s best projects both built and on the drawing board. The hotel was also highly commended in the recent World Architecture News WAN Awards 2012 in the Hotel of the Year category.

The Aloft London Excel is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1071 properties in 100 countries. Starwood says the brand was created to shake up the mid-market hotel sector and is “redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point”.

Aloft London Excel is located at ExCeL’s Eastern entrance at the Royal Victoria Dock and has direct covered access to Prince Regent Station on the Docklands Light Railway. With East London seeing much regeneration ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, the hotel is perfectly situated within easy reach of the Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City, Canary Wharf and The O2 arena.

McAleer & Rushe Wins Top Property Award

McAleer & Rushe has won a top award from the UK’s leading commercial property owner.

99bakers-website-2British Land’s annual awards celebrate environmental, economic and social contributions to communities across the country. Now in their ninth year, this year the awards focus on managing buildings efficiently, supporting communities, developing sustainable buildings, exceeding customers’ expectations and engaging staff. Over 80 guests from around the UK attended the London event, representing British Land’s office and retail properties, new building projects and its partners including suppliers, contractors, occupiers and local communities.

Entrants were nominated for 15 categories including Energy Reduction, Sustainable Collaboration and Community Contribution. A new category was introduced this year for Sustainable Development Champion.

McAleer & Rushe won the ‘Developments Supplier Of The Year’ award for its construction work on 95-99 Baker Street and 4-6 Durweston Mews London, W1. This involved the complete refurbishment and conversion of a seven storey office block to create 34,000 sq ft of social, affordable and luxury residential accommodation. McAleer & Rushe were particularly praised for their pride in the quality of work and the minimal number of snags. The project. was completed at the end of February 2012.

Jonathan O’Neill Contracts Manager for McAleer & Rushe said:

“We are extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious award from a Titan in UK real estate. We were up against some very tough competition. This award is a great boost to everyone’s efforts and makes us even more determined to ensure that sustainability continues to be an integral part of our development and the way we work.”

Adrian Penfold, British Land’s Head of Planning and Corporate Responsibility said:

“We are proud to recognise these inspiring examples of how sustainability lies at the heart of our business operations and how much can be achieved by working together.”

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[toggle title=”About British Land”]British Land is one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) with total assets, owned or managed, of £15.8 billion (British Land share £10.3 billion), as valued at 31 March 2012. Through our property and finance expertise we attract experienced partners to create properties and environments which are home to over 1,000 different organisations and visited by over 300 million people each year. Our property portfolio is focused on prime retail locations and Central London offices which attract high quality occupiers committed to long leases. Our occupancy rate of 98.0% and average lease length to first break of 11.3 years are among the highest of the major UK REITs.

Retail assets account for 61% of our portfolio, over 80% of which are located at prime out-of-town sites. Comprising around 27 million sq ft of retail space across 90 retail parks, 99 superstores, 12 shopping centres and 10 department stores, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats. Our active asset management delivers space which is attractive and meets the needs of both retailers and consumers.

London offices, located in the City and West End, comprise 34% of the portfolio (which will rise to an estimated 40% on completion of current developments. Our 7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share) and Regent’s Place in the West End. We have committed £1.2 billion to create Central London’s largest committed office development programme which will deliver 2.3 million sq ft of high quality space by 2014, including a 700,000 sq ft building at 5 Broadgate, the 610,000 sq ft Leadenhall Building in London’s insurance district and a 500,000 sq ft mixed office and residential scheme at Regent’s Place in the West End.

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business and we focus on five areas which matter most to us and our key stakeholders: managing buildings efficiently; developing sustainable buildings; enhancing biodiversity; exceeding customers’ expectations and focusing on local communities. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to our corporate vision of building the best REIT in Europe.
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Energy Reduction Award – Offices
Exchange House, Broadgate

Energy Reduction Award – Retail
St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull

Sustainability Collaboration Award
Bunzl, York House

Employment and Training Award
Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield

Fundraising Award
Broadgate, London

Community Contribution Award
St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull

Community Business Partner Award
Davis Langdon, construction contractor

Site Resource Use
McLaren Construction, Whiteley Village Shopping Centre

Sustainable Developments Champion
James Goodfellow, Make Architects, 5 Broadgate

Developments Supplier of the Year
McAleer&Rushe Group, 95-99 Baker Street and 4-6 Durweston Mews

Environmental Engagement Award
Rob McMillan, Head Messenger

Volunteering Award
Roger Gajadhar, Records Manager

Customer Service Award – Retail
Chris Riggall, Operations Manager, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park

Customer Service Award – Offices
Frank Kusi, Loading Bay Manager, Regent’s Place

Managing Agent of the Year
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Premier Inn checks-in early at Stansted Airport

McAleer & Rushe delivers new 303-bedroom Premier Inn hotel 14 weeks early.

McAleer & Rushe has completed a 303-bedroom Premier Inn at Stansted Airport for developer, Grove Developments, 14 weeks ahead of schedule.
The four-storey hotel, is now set to open on the 11th June 2012 and will be trading well in advance of the Olympic Games. The £11.7m design-and-build contract was scheduled to run to a 54 week construction programme but was completed in just 40 weeks.

The hotel, designed by Belfast-based architects Consarc Design Group, is built around an internal acoustic “buffer zone” courtyard, with ground level car-parking for 180 vehicles.

McAleer & Rushe Construction Director Martin Magee said:

To deliver such a high quality finish that incorporates the latest Premier Inn brand standards 14 weeks early is no mean achievement. This was a particularly demanding site so close to Stansted Airport and I would like to pay tribute to our construction team for delivering the site so early and also to thank Whitbread and Grove Developments for their clear brief and straight forward collaborative approach on the scheme. Those involved particularly deserve recognition for overcoming the difficulties of supplying utilities to the scheme in such a timely fashion.

Sinead Hughes, Head of Grove Developments the development arm of Arora Hotels, added:

Working with McAleer & Rushe on our development pipeline has been very positive. McAleer & Rushe has consistently surpassed the targets we have set them, and not only have they delivered this hotel earlier than scheduled, they did the same at the new 400-bedroom Premier Inn at Heathrow Terminal 5, that opened in February this year. Both schemes were completed well ahead of schedule, within budget and finished to our very exacting standards.

Steve Hammond, Senior Project and Programme Manager at Whitbread hotels and restaurants, said:

Premier Inn is expanding aggressively as we respond to strong customer demand for our high-quality, affordable product and our customers’ desire for more well-located Premier Inn hotels across the country. Our new Stansted hotel is another excellent site for us – within minutes of the main terminal and mid-stay car-park – and takes us a step closer to our target of increasing the 47,000 Premier Inn bedrooms we have currently to 65,000 by 2016. I look forward to getting the doors open and giving a premier welcome to our first guests later this summer.

Construction Is To Begin On A New 140-bedroom Brighton Hotel

Leading design-and-build contractor McAleer & Rushe will this week start work on a new 140-bedroom IBIS hotel at 88-92 Queen’s Road in central Brighton.

The new nine-storey hotel, will employ close to 200 people during its construction and create further jobs as part of its on-going operation. It will replace the former Grosvenor Casino on Queen’s Road just outside Brighton railway station. Work on-site will continue until June 2013.

During the regeneration of the site, McAleer & Rushe will be working closely with Brighton & Hove City Council to ensure that any disruption to traffic and pedestrians is kept to an absolute minimum, with all works designed to minimise the potential impact they may have. The project has been registered with the Considerate Contractors scheme.

Martin Magee, Construction Director, for McAleer & Rushe said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting regeneration project on this key site. The new hotel not only will create a considerable number of new jobs during its construction and operation, but will also help meet the strong demand for more hotel rooms in the city.”

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director, Accor UK & Ireland, commented:

“We are very excited to be opening a new hotel alongside McAleer & Rushe in the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove. It is an important destination for the Ibis network of hotels and continues Accor’s strategic and ambitious expansion in the UK to increase our presence to 300 hotels by 2015.”

McAleer & Rushe has been appointed as the main contractor on the scheme, and will manage the demolition of the old building and the construction of the new hotel.

McAleer & Rushe appeal for support in marathon effort


McAleer and Rushe are encouraging people from all over Northern Ireland to join them at this year’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

McAleer and Rushe staff members Stephen Davey, Stephen Surphlis, Brigid O’Donnell, Marian Connolly and Patrick Mellon aim to raise as much as possible through their marathon efforts.

Stephen Davey said

“The specialist care and support provided by Marie Curie nurses is delivered free of charge and the charity depends on fundraising through events such as this to keep their nursing service going. This incentive has spurred us on, especially at times when training has become difficult.
We hope that as many people as possible will choose Marie Curie Cancer Care when signing up to the Marathon. Their nursing service does a fantastic job in improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families at such a difficult time”.

Ruth Hope, Regional Events Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care said,

“From running the full 26 miles to taking part in the Fun Run or walk, this is a fundraising event that all ages and abilities can get involved in. On joining the Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Team entrants receive a fantastic fundraising pack including a Nike Pro Fit running vest, a training guide, hints and tips for fundraising & a yellow Marie Curie poncho!”


Having been long standing supporters of Marie Curie Cancer Care, McAleer & Rushe have raised £530,000 over the past ten years. This equates to 26,500 hours of nursing care in their local community. To support the McAleer and Rushe team in their marathon efforts, consider donating at
The Belfast City Marathon takes place on May Day Bank Holiday, Monday May 7.

For more information log on to to find out more about running for Marie Curie Cancer Care contact 08700 340040 or visit