Progress Update – December 2015

Additional floors level 5 and 6

Currently we are installing additional steel for the two additional floors level 5 and 6. In the middle of the building we are rebuilding the lift and stair area to allow for an additional lift and to relocate the stairs this is currently up to level 5. We have commence building our scaffold along Rolls passage and Chancery lane and will continue.

In the basement we have finishing putting new drainage lines in and we are reinstating the basement floor. We have been removing all the excavated material from this and plan to finish early in
the new year.

Steel installed Level 5 and 6 (8)

20th December 2015

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McAleer & Rushe Clubs Together With Epic Golf Round To Raise £15,000 For Macmillan Cancer Support

Eamonn Laverty, Declan McLogan, Avril Marshall, Claire Brown Mcmillan Representative, Seamus McAleer, John Canavan

Cookstown-based construction and development company McAleer & Rushe has raised £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support through a marathon golf challenge.

Macmillan provides invaluable therapists, nurses, benefits advisors and support line workers who make sure people living with cancer have the best team in their corner and no one has to face cancer alone.

McAleer & Rushe has a proud tradition of supporting charities that support people with cancer, and as a fundraising idea the Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge had particular appeal, as many in the firm are also keen golfers.

Starting at 5.30am and finishing at 8.15pm the marathon challenge of four rounds of golf in one day at Killymoon was tackled with gusto by Avril Marshall, John Canavan and Declan McLogan on 31st July.

This was followed by a dance and auction in October and was a great success and £11,500 was raised on the night. McAleer & Rushe Chairman Seamus McAleer and Chief executive Eamonn Laverty contributed a further £3,500 taking the total amount to £15,000.

Declan McLogan, McAleer & Rushe Director of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality who arranged the fundraising events said:

“With more than 53,000 steps we covered 24 miles to complete the 72 holes. Macmillan is a very worthy cause. We have all known too many people whose lives have been affected cancer and know the tremendous support that Macmillan nurses provide”.


McAleer & Rushe Completion Of British Land Yalding House Office Scheme Strikes The Right Note

McAleer & Rushe has completed a substantial refurbishment and extension for British Land of Yalding House, the former home of the BBC Music Department, Radio 3 and Radio 1.

Yalding House at 152-156 Great Portland Street, W1 was built in 1930 and is located within the Harley Street Conservation Area.

British Land’s scheme designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman sees the building revitalised to the latest modern office standards with a full height extension to the rear and a rooftop extension on the fifth floor which increases the available floor space from 2,833sq m to 3,622sq m. The scheme also creates a new retail offer at ground level on Great Portland Street. McAleer & Rushe also worked on the external refurbishment to tidy up the existing façade of the building, whilst remaining architecturally sympathetic to the existing building and conservation zone.

McAleer & Rushe began work in July 2014.

BBC Radio 1Xtra was launched at Yalding House. Radio 1 broadcast its last ever show from Yalding House on 14 December 2012.

McAleer & Rushe began work in July 2014.

McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director Jonathan O’Neill said: “This has been a great project to work on and we’ve very much enjoyed working with British Land and BuckleyGrayYeoman to regenerate this unique historic building into a stylish contemporary office. This is our third recent project with British Land and the company’s game-changing ethos of excellence of is always inspiring.”

Gerald Eve advised British Land on planning.

McAleer & Rushe Sponsors New Build Category At European Hotel Design Awards

Architecture - Newbuild - Mandarin TurkeyMcAleer & Rushe was delighted to sponsor the New Build category at the European Hotel Design Awards on Monday 23 November.

Celebrating exceptional hotel design and architecture, the Awards honour the work of industry-leading architects and designers, and the projects they create with hotel developers, owners and operators.

The winners of this year’s European Hotel Design Awards were announced at a glittering award ceremony attended by over 800 guests from across Europe, at the Park Plaza Westminster.

McAleer & Rushe and two tables of guests attended the event which had a theme of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

McAleer & Rushe’s Business Development Director James Hicken presented the New Build winner’s award to the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Turkey which also won the Spa and Wellness category.

The European Hotel Design Of The Year Award went to Les Bains, Paris. Nick Jones the founder of Soho House won the Outstanding Contribution Award.

Progress Update – November 2015

Slab infills in the upper floors have been completed

Works have progressed well over the last period. Slab infills in the upper floors have been completed and the concrete core has been constructed to L1. Over the forthcoming weeks bracketry will be installed to the perimeter columns to support the new stone façade. Over the course of the same period works to the basement drainage will continue.

Scaffold to the building perimeter is due to commence before the end of the year. These works will include a pedestrian gantry on Chancery Lane and a protection fan on Rolls Passage. We will endeavour to co-ordinate these works with minimal disruption to pedestrians to maintain our on-going co-operation.

27th November 2015

Mcaleer & Rushe Sells Brighton Hotel For £28.2m To The Charities Property Fund

JI Brighton
McAleer & Rushe has sold the 234-bedroom Jurys Inn hotel in Brighton to the Charities Property Fund, managed by Savills Investment Management for £28.2m reflecting a net initial yield of 5.25%.

The hotel in the heart of the New England Quarter of the city, centrally located adjacent to the train station, was completed by McAleer & Rushe in 2008.

In February of this year McAleer & Rushe began speculative development of its City View, office building next to the hotel.

The six-storey Urban Innovations-designed office is scheduled for completion in January 2016. It is the first speculatively built large scale office in Central Brighton since 2005.

Knight Frank and Stiles Harold Williams are marketing City View.

The Charities Property Fund, which passed the £1bn milestone in assets under management in September, also acquired the Jurys Inn hotel in Derby from McAleer & Rushe earlier this year.
CityView-Brighton-VMcAleer & Rushe Property Director Stephen Surphlis said:

“We think there is a very strong investment story for Brighton and are confident of securing headline rents for City View.

“The hotel has performed very well but we decided to take advantage of the strong demand for regional hotel assets and the uplift in covenant strength following Lone Star’s acquisition of Jury’s Inn in January”.

McAleer & Rushe was advised by Steerforth Partners. The Charities Property Fund was advised by Cooper Rose and Gerald Eve.

Progress Update – November 2015

Progressing the lift core

Over the coming month, we will be progressing the lift core to align with the stair cores and pushing on with the slab pours. The Tower Crane will be erected at the end of the month. We will endeavor to provide warning of the noisy activities ahead of time and we really appreciate your patience during these works.

Adagio Aparthotel Newsletter – November 2015

20th November 2015

McAleer & Rushe Gets Consent For New City Centre Hotel In Belfast

Blackstaff-Square-CGI-IMcAleer & Rushe has received planning consent for a 206-bedroom hotel on the site of the former Belfast Metropolitan College adjacent to Blackstaff Square.

The Cookstown-based developer, acquired the site just over a year ago and intends to develop the site with a mixed-use hotel and student accommodation scheme.

Belfast City Council approved plans designed by Belfast-based Consarc Design Group for the 14-storey development which will also comprise restaurants, bars and meeting and conference space.

The site sits within an area known as ‘The Linen Quarter’ which Belfast City Council and other Government agencies have targeted for major regeneration with plans including a major upgrade of the urban streetscape.

The hotel will have an entrance facing on to Blackstaff Square.

In a design and access statement submitted as part of the proposal, McAleer and Rushe said the hotel would make a “positive contribution” to the city by regenerating the site of an unoccupied building in the city centre.

It also said it would “create a strong development on a prominent corner” in the city centre and “improve the activity and dynamism in a developing area”.

Blackstaff-Square-CGI-IIMcAleer & Rushe Property Director Stephen Surphlis said:

“This is great news for Belfast, as this is a centrally located hotel scheme, which is designed to complement Belfast’s forward looking aspirations and assist in meeting the undersupply in hotel provision. The Belfast leisure market has recovered strongly following the downturn, with figures confirming strong occupancy levels and increasing room rates. This new hotel will help to satisfy increasing demand going forward as Belfast rapidly increases in popularity as a leisure and business destination. We have received strong interest from established hotel operators and have already commenced demolition of the existing college building. We look forward to beginning construction early in 2016”.

McAleer & Rushe also has plans for an adjacent 476 –room student housing scheme on McClintock Street and 804-room student housing scheme on College Avenue. The hotel and two student housing schemes will create in excess of 300 jobs during the building phase giving a much need boost to the Northern Irish construction sector.