“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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 delivers new 303-bedroom Premier Inn hotel 14 weeks early.
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.
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.”
“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 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”.
“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!”