The Chairman And Chief Executive Of McAleer & Rushe Recognised With A Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2013 Mid Ulster Business Awards

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THE great and good of the business sector in Mid-Ulster were honoured for their achievements at a glittering gala, held in the plush surroundings of the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown.

The chairman and chief executive of McAleer & Rushe, Seamus McAleer and Eamonn Laverty received a standing ovation when they received The Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013 The Mid Ulster Business Awards.

Seamus and Eamonn who have led the group, since the company was founded as a housebuilder in 1969. They have presided over continued growth which has seen the company emerge as one of the UK and Ireland’s foremost commercial and residential building contractors and developers. The company developed the glamorous W Hotel in the heart of London’s West End which it sold to the Qataris for £200m in September 2011.

The award ceremony which had 15 different categories recognised the achievements of companies from Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon council areas. Nearby building products company Keystone Group, won the Excellence in People Development Award.

Seamus McAleer said:

“Eamonn and I were very honoured to have won such a prestigious award as Mid Ulster is truly a business hub to be reckoned with. But it would be fairer to say the award represents recognition for all the great people we work with who have built up McAleer & Rushe’s fine reputation for delivering excellence.”

Mid Ulster DUP MLA, Ian McCrea congratulated all the businesses who took part. Speaking after the awards, Ian McCrea said:

“I am delighted that so many of our businesses in Mid Ulster received justified recognition of the hard work and dedication that they have put in to making their enterprises a success”.

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Regional editor of the Mid Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times Peter Bayne said:

“The Mid Ulster Business Awards, in just three years, are firmly established as ‘the Oscars’ within the Business fraternity. The entries were of the highest standard once again which made picking the winners all the more difficult for the judging panel.”

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe Presents Bulgari With New Build Hotel Award

Sleep Awards 2013 Bulgari team

McAleer & Rushe had the great pleasure of sponsoring the Architecture of the Year – New Build Hotel category at the 2013 European Hotel Design Awards dinner.

The Awards are Europe’s longest-running and most prestigious architecture and design awards for the hospitality sector. They were presented at a glittering Great Gatsby themed dinner at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. The ceremony which is Europe’s largest occasion of its kind, with some 900 guests from across the continent in attendance, was presided over by the glamorous BBC 6Music DJ and TV presenter Lauren Laverne.

The winner of the Newbuild Hotel award was Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Veil & Partners and Squire & Partners. The award was presented by McAleer & Rushe business development director James Hicken who said:

“Bulgari Hotel and Residences was a worthy winner and a flag bearer for the UK Hotel industry which to my mind seemed to be under-represented this year. It is very gratifying though to see such superlative hotel design flourishing across Europe.”

The other 2013 Winners were:

  • Architecture of the Year – Conversion and/or Extension of an Existing Hotel Building: Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Ibiza, designed by Estudio Vila 13
  • Architecture of the Year – Conversion of an Existing Non-Hotel Building to Hotel Use: Speicher 7 in Mannheim, designed by Schmucker und Partner
  • Interior Design of the Year – Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas: The Alpina Gstaad; designer – The Gallery HBA London
  • Interior Design of the Year – Cafe or All-Day Dining: 25hours Hotel, Zurich West; designer – Alfredo Haberli Design Development
  • Interior Design of the Year – Restaurant: Plum and Spilt Milk, the Great Northern Hotel, London; designed by Archer Humphryes Architects
  • Interior Design of the Year – Bar: Cuckoo’s Nest at Radisson Blu Riverside, Gothenburg; designer – Stylt Trampoli AB
  • Interior Design of the Year – Bedrooms & Bathrooms: The Alpina Gstaad; designer – The Gallery HBA London
  • Interior Design of the Year – Suite: The Oslo Suite at The Thief in Oslo; designer – Anemone Wille Vage
  • Interior Design of the Year – Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities: Castell dels Hams, Mallorca; designed by A2arquitectos
  • The European Hotel Design of the Year: The Alpina Gstaad; designers – The Gallery HBA London
  • Tomorrow’s Hotel: KOI by MM Planners
  • The ReardonSmith Student Award: James Young, Canterbury School of Architecture
  • The Outstanding Contribution Award: Ian Schrager

The chairperson of the judging panel was Simon Ford of Dorchester Collection. Commenting on this year’s awards, Ford said:

“Not only did we receive more excellent entries than ever before, but they were more diverse. So it made coming to a decision even tougher. We look for creative excellence, commercial viability and evidence that the designs meet the needs of the client and guest alike. To my mind, the range, talent and fresh thinking seen especially in the work of this year’s winners amply demonstrate the flourishing, varied and pioneering quality of hospitality design today.”

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe Begins Work On £50m Design & Build Contract For Brace Of Hilton Hotels And Apartments Scheme In Bournemouth


The Mayor joined contractor McAleer & Rushe to celebrate the start of work on a £50m Design & Build Contract to build two Hilton hotels and 60 apartments for London-based developer, THAT Group, at Terrace Mount, Bournemouth.

Bournemouth’s Mayor, Councillor Rod Cooper, senior McAleer & Rushe and THAT Group directors and invited guests met at the town centre site to witness a ceremonial start of works involving a Volvo tracked excavator.

The landmark scheme designed by Cube in association with White Ink Architects, consists of a 13-storey 172-bedroom 4-star full brand Hilton hotel with 15 exclusive residential apartments above, in addition to an 8-storey 120-bedroom Hampton by Hilton and 45 apartments with a 224-space, 3-storey deep, underground car park and associated landscaping. Work is scheduled to complete in Summer 2015.

McAleer & Rushe Construction Director Martin Magee said:

“This ceremony marks a very significant occasion for the future prosperity of Bournemouth. THAT Group has delivered a massive vote of confidence in the local economy with its considerable investment and McAleer & Rushe is very proud to be playing its part in the regeneration of this key strategic site.”

Magee added:

“This is an important contract win for us which recognises our strong credentials for delivering quality hotel-led mixed-use schemes on time and on budget. We are looking forward not only to working closely with THAT Group but also with the very professional team at Hilton with whom we enjoy working very much.”

Terrace-Mount-CGIMcAleer & Rushe is also currently two months from completing a £19m contract to build the first Hampton by Hilton in central London. With 297 bedrooms, this will be the largest hotel for the award-winning mid-priced brand in the UK, measured by the number of rooms. The contractor is also nearing the completion of an £11m contract to convert a former office building to a Hampton by Hilton London at Longbridge House, Gatwick.

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe’s McKeaveney Does The Double At NHBC Awards

Redwoods-Dummurry-MainMcAleer & Rushe celebrated a double whammy at the Northern Ireland & Isle of Man region of the NHBC Pride in the Job award ceremony, which was held on Friday 1 November at the Culloden Hotel in Belfast.

Pride in the Job is the house-building industry’s most prestigious awards programme. Running for 32 years, Pride in the Job recognises the UK’s best site managers.

Stephen McKeaveney receiving his Seal of Excellence award and Regional award on Friday 1st November at the pride in the Job Awards for Northern Ireland and Isle of Man.

McAleer & Rushe site manager Stephen Mc Keaveney won the Seal of Excellence for McAleer & Rushe’s Redwoods Multi Storey Apartment Development.

He also won the Regional Award in the Multi Storey Builder Category for the Redwoods Multi Storey Apartment Development and will therefore go forward to represent Northern Ireland and the Isle Of Man at the UK finals in London in January 2014.

McAleer & Rushe chairman Seamus McAleer said:

“McAleer & Rushe is tremendously proud of Stephen’s remarkable achievement. I would like to congratulate him personally but also pay tribute to our entire team which has so consistently surpassed all expectations over a particularly challenging period for our industry.”

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

Eagle-Eyed McAleer & Rushe And Archaeologists Discover Rare Roman Statue On City Scheme

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McAleer & Rushe was at the centre of a remarkable find of an extraordinary Roman sculpture discovered on a City of London site being developed by the SWIP Property Trust and Endurance Land.

The sculpture, which takes the form of an eagle firmly clasping a writhing serpent in its beak was found by archaeologists from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and the scheme’s contractor McAleer & Rushe.

McAleer & Rushe is building a 291-bedroom Motel One hotel at 24-26 Minories EC3 scheduled for completion in quarter three next year.

Specialists have now confirmed that the sculpture dates to the 1st or 2nd century AD. Depictions of eagles and serpents are typically Roman but the closest comparison to this sculpture comes from Jordan. The symbolism is understood as the struggle of good, the eagle, against evil, the snake. This theme is common in funerary contexts and an important Roman cemetery is known to have been located on the site. Archaeologists believe that this statue once adorned a rich mausoleum, the foundations of which were also unearthed.

Described by experts as ‘amongst the very best statues surviving from Roman Britain’, the skill of the craftsman is apparent; with the forked tongue of the snake and the individual feathers of the eagle still clearly discernible today. Some 65cm tall and 55cm wide, the sculpture is made from oolitic limestone from the Cotswolds. A well-known and celebrated school of Romano-British sculptors worked in the area but to date examples of their exquisite work has been scant and fragmentary.

Calum Flockhart Investment Manager for SWIPPT said:

 “This has been an exciting project for the SWIP Property Trust not only from a real estate perspective but from an archaeological one too. It’s not everyday that a fine Roman sculpture is unearthed in pristine condition on one of our development sites and we’re delighted that 24/26 Minories will be remembered for this extraordinary find.”

Jonathan Fletcher of Endurance Land said:

 “Our sustainability policy ensured we engaged with MOLA from the outset and it is a testament to the professional approach of the team that the find was discovered intact in such wonderful condition.”

Michael Marshall, MOLA Finds Specialist, said:

 “The eagle is a classically Roman symbol and this new find provides a fascinating new insight into the inhabitants of Roman London and demonstrates their familiarity with the iconography of the wider classical world. Funerary sculpture from the city is very rare and this example, perhaps from inside a mausoleum, is a particularly fine example which will help us to understand how the cemeteries and tombs that lined the roads out of the city were furnished and the beliefs of those buried there.”

McAleer & Rushe Contracts Manager Peter Devlin said:

 “To be part of such a remarkable discovery was very exciting. We were particularly impressed with the expertise of the MOLA team and gained a fascinating glimpse into the world of professional archaeology.”

SWIPPT and Endurance Land have agreed with the Museum of London for the sculpture to go on display at the Museum of London for six months from the 30th of October 2013 so that members of the public can see this amazing artefact in all its glory.

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe Begins Work On Flagship Project For Jurys Inn Group

Islington Drawing

McAleer & Rushe is to begin construction this month on a £12.1m extension project at Jury’s Inn Islington on Pentonville Road for Jurys Inn Group.

The project due for completion in September 2014, will comprise of an extension and a complete refurbishment of the company’s first London hotel, which opened in 1998.

The Consarc-designed scheme will involve increasing the hotel’s bedroom offer to 372. There will be a conference centre, located on the ground floor, offering seven meeting rooms which will continue to offer the AIM accredited Jurys Meetings Product. The largest room will cater for up to 90 delegates. A gym will also be included, as well as a complete remodelling of the lobby, restaurant and bar area. A Costa coffee bar will also be installed.

“We are delighted to be breaking ground on this project,”

says CEO of Jurys Inn, John Brennan, he added.

“Jurys Inn Islington will showcase a new direction for the group in terms of design and style,”

McAleer and Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“We have developed a fantastic working relationship with the Jurys Inn Group over the course of many projects with them. It gives us particular pleasure to be working on what will be the flagship hotel for entire 32-strong hotel group.”


The Islington extension comes as part of a wider refurbishment programme across the Jurys Inn group with over 1,005 bedrooms and public areas having already received a makeover in 2012. The hotel group has earmarked a total spend of £25m for projects up to the end of 2014, as part of an on-going refurbishment programme.

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

Hampton by Hilton Gatwick Topping Out Ceremony

From left: Eamon Higgins, finance director, construction, McAleer & Rushe; Simon Vincent, area president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide; Rishi Sachdev, managing director of Shiva Hotels
From left: Eamon Higgins, finance director, construction, McAleer & Rushe; Simon Vincent, area president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide; Rishi Sachdev, managing director of Shiva Hotels

Celebrating two topping out ceremonies within as many months, Hampton by Hilton, Shiva Hotels and McAleer & Rushe have marked this important milestone in construction of Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick North. This hotel joins Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of more than 250 hotels across Europe, including Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo, which is due to open Q1 2014.

Simon Vincent, area president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said,

“With this second UK Hampton by Hilton property we are cementing our relationship with Shiva Hotels and McAleer & Rushe, and building on the portfolio of the award-winning mid-priced brand. The opening of Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick North demonstrates our commitment to providing quality accommodation at the gateways to the world’s most interesting destinations.”

Rishi Sachdev, managing director, Shiva Hotels, said,

“This is a very exciting time for Shiva Hotels as we celebrate the latest project with Hilton Worldwide, and see another standout hotel added on the map. Just as we look forward to welcoming guests to Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo in central London, we also look forward to accommodating guests at Gatwick’s North Terminal”

Eamon Higgins, finance director – construction, McAleer & Rushe, said,

“McAleer & Rushe has a particularly strong track-record for successfully delivering hotels on challenging airport locations. I am particularly pleased to mark the progress achieved at Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick North, which is a further tribute to the strong collaborative working approach which has developed between McAleer & Rushe, Shiva Hotels and Hilton Worldwide.”

The 192-bedroom hotel is due to open in Q1 2014.

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

Hampton by Hilton Waterloo Topping Out Ceremony

From left: Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide; Seamus McAleer, chairman, McAleer & Rushe; Rishi Sachdev, managing director of Shiva Hotels
From left: Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide; Seamus McAleer, chairman, McAleer & Rushe; Rishi Sachdev, managing director of Shiva Hotels

Hampton by Hilton, Shiva Hotels and McAleer & Rushe recently celebrated the topping out of the first Hampton by Hilton in central London, which will also be the largest hotel for the award-winning mid-priced brand in the U.K. by number of rooms.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said,

“We are very pleased to commemorate the topping out of this impressive new building, alongside Shiva Hotels and McAleer & Rushe. Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo will be an exciting addition to our UK portfolio and a great introduction of the mid-priced brand in central London.”

Rishi Sachdev, managing director, Shiva Hotels, said,

“Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo marks the latest hotel development in Shiva’s successful relationship with Hilton Worldwide. This hotel also demonstrates Shiva’s commitment of developing more than 3,000 beds over the next five years.”

Seamus McAleer, said,

“On behalf of our team I would like to say we are very proud to be associated with this landmark project in the heart of London. We received many compliments on how quickly the project has progressed, and this speaks volumes of the great working relationship McAleer & Rushe has with both Shiva and Hilton Worldwide.”

The 297-bedroom hotel is due to open in Q1 2014.

For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe Completes Unique Shetland Hotel Which Was Shipped From Northern Ireland


A unique modular hotel that was manufactured in Northern Ireland, then shipped from Warrenpoint and assembled by McAleer & Rushe in the Shetland Islands opened this week.

One hundred fully fitted bedrooms along with nine ancillary rooms and everything needed to build a restaurant, gym, reception made the journey from Warrenpoint in Co. Down to the Shetland village of Brae.

The bedroom modules were built in Warrenpoint by Sipfit and fully fitted out by McAleer & Rushe prior to shipping to the Shetland Islands for on-site assembly.

The 100-bedroom hotel is owned by BDL Shetland and will be primarily be used to accommodate workers at Total’s new gas plant at Sullom Voe.

An occupancy level of 100% will be guaranteed for the first year of operation, with a minimum of 80% occupancy in future years. Redefine BDL Hotels has a 10-year contract to operate the Moorfield.

Stuart McCaffer, chairman of BDL Shetland, described the hotel as an exciting development for the area.

“With the Shetland isles currently experiencing a boom, due to the discovery of new oil and gas fields, our link-up with Total will secure the hotel’s future for the long-term,” he said.

McAleer & Rushe completed the hotel ahead of schedule in under a year.

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“We are very proud of what we have achieved in Shetland. We were set a very demanding design-and-build challenge with the remote location. But I believe our innovative solution more than met the challenge, and could unlock a whole new stream of business for the company.”

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For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234

McAleer & Rushe JV Sells Invest NI’s Headquarters


The Northern Irish Government has acquired Invest Northern Ireland’s Belfast city centre headquarters through a sale of the shares of the holding company from Bedford Street Developments Ltd for close to the guide price of £40m.

Bedford Street Developments is a joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart.

The acquisition includes Invest Northern Ireland’s award winning headquarters and the adjacent Linum Chambers premises. Constructed in 2005 under a Public Private Partnership contract by McAleer & Rushe the assets consist of over 130,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and secure basement car parking for 95 spaces. To date it is the only office PFI contract to have been undertaken in Northern Ireland.

McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said:

“McAleer & Rushe is particularly proud of its role in delivering such a flagship development. The price achieved reflected not only the strong covenant and income stream but the acknowledged high specification and finish of the building which was reflected in the intense interest from a number of UK funds. This transaction is an exemplar of private and public bodies working well together. We enjoyed a very positive and supportive relationship with NAMA who were our banking partner on this particular transaction, and Invest Northern Ireland with whom we have developed a strong working relationship over the course of the project.”

Osborne King Commercial Property Advisors director Paul Henry who advised Bedford Street Developments said:

“The original PFI structure protected Invest NI from any potential development risk and ensured that it got a bespoke headquarters building delivered to its time-frame and budget by an expert developer. But once delivered the Government has been persuaded of the advantages of owning the building.”

The McAleer & Rushe joint venture has retained the adjoining site which has planning permission for a 225,000 sq ft office development.

ASM Chartered Accountants and law firm Pinsent Masons also advised Bedford Street Developments.

McAleer & Rushe Completes Trophy Office Scheme For British Land


McAleer and Rushe has completed a flagship design and build office project for British Land at 10 Portman Square in the heart of London’s West End.

The top UK REIT has also awarded McAleer & Rushe, British Land’s 2013 Award for Exceptional Site Management for its “exceptional work on 10 Portman Square.”

The eight storey building, which includes retail units at ground and lower ground levels, was completed on time and on budget and is already 51% let and has been achieving record rents.

The handsome 10 Portman Square was designed by architects Jestico+Whiles, boasts column-free floorplates of 18,500 sq ft, a dramatic curved roof and large accessible terraces offering dramatic views across London. Situated on an island site and with floor to ceiling glazing, the building benefits from excellent natural light on all sides.

Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco Overseas is the most recent occupier to sign at 10 Portman Square, taking the fourth and fifth floors which represent circa 33,700 sq ft. The company will now commence fit-out. They join Aspect Capital, who will take 24,520 sq ft of office space on the top two floors of the building.


McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“We are very proud to have delivered a superlative office development on time and on budget. It has been a great privilege working with British Land to deliver such an exemplar office scheme on a challenging central London site. It gives us great satisfaction to know it has already garnered considerable acclaim from property and architecture experts which is also being recognised in the rents achieved.”

Nigel Webb, Head of Development, British Land, said:

“This has been a fantastic team effort, and the building looks stunning. This is a new landmark building providing exceptional quality of accommodation. We are pleased with the level of pre-letting, with interest from occupiers remaining strong as companies seek grade A space in one of the West End’s prime business locations.”

SOCO Hotel & Mixed-Use Development In Edinburgh’s Old Town Topped Out

Topping Out May 2013

McAleer & Rushe is pleased to announce that a key landmark in the construction of SOCO, a hotel and mixed-use development in Edinburgh it is building for Jansons Property was marked with a glittering topping out ceremony.

Situated on the west side of South Bridge on the south side of Cowgate the scheme is anchored by a 259-bedroom IBIS Hotel and a 4,708 sq ft Sainsburys Local and the La Belle Angele live music venue.

Eric Young & Co and Ryden are advising on the additional retail and leisure units still available to let.

Work on site was suspended and over 100 of the great and the good of Edinburgh attended the ceremony on the 9th floor, though many intrepid guests braved the breezy top floor to enjoy magnificent views from the roof.

Andy Jansons managing director of Jansons, told guests: “The SOCO complex will breathe new life into South Bridge and the Cowgate by attracting quality retailers.”

Project manager Shane McCullagh said:
“McAleer & Rushe are particularly proud to be associated with the construction of handsome development which is delivering such key economic regeneration to Edinburgh.”

SoCo-Edinburgh-MainCouncillor Frank Ross, convener of Edinburgh’s economy committee, added:

“The regeneration of SOCO will bring to an end a ten-year period in which the site has blotted Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. I welcome the £35m investment and also welcome the job creation through the new retail and business units. With a new, centrally located hotel, I am confident it will further increase Edinburgh’s tourism offer in this part of the Capital.”


After the ceremony a reception was held at the Surgeon’s Hall along with wine and canapés guests were well entertained by comedian Fred MacAulay.

McAleer & Rushe is currently working on two other projects in Scotland, a 100-room Premier Inn in Aberdeen, and a 100-room hotel on Shetland for Glasgow-based BDL Management which will be occupied by oil and gas giant Total.