Christmas jumper day

Christmas jumper day

Happy #christmasjumperday from a few of our site teams across the #UK & #Ireland @savechildrenuk

16th December 2016

Dalata Hotel Group and McAleer & Rushe announce new Maldron Hotel for Newcastle City Centre

Dalata Hotel Group plc (“Dalata”) has signed a 35 year FRI lease with Northern Ireland based developer, McAleer & Rushe, for a new four-star Maldron Hotel in Newcastle city centre.

The new 100,000 sq.ft, six-storey hotel is strategically located on Newgate Street and will be developed by McAleer & Rushe, who have worked closely with Dalata on a wide range of projects throughout the UK & Ireland.


The site is a short walk from Central Train Station, opposite Eldon Square Shopping Centre in the heart of the city and close to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC. The hotel, which is expected to open in summer 2018, will offer 226 air-conditioned bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and business centre facilities.

Alongside the flagship hotel, the redevelopment of the former Newgate Centre comprises 185,000 sq.ft of student accommodation operated by the Unite Group Plc to deliver 575 beds, as well as 20,000 sq.ft foot of modern retail and leisure space, making it a truly mixed-use scheme with all the associated long-term economic and employment benefits for the city.


Stephen Surphlis, Property Director at McAleer & Rushe, added:

“The addition of this quality hotel brand reflects the wider importance of this entire mixed-use development and will be a major asset to the city as a whole, as well as attracting business and leisure travellers to Newcastle. We look forward to working alongside Dalata, for whom we have previously delivered numerous projects”.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO Business Development and Finance at Dalata, said:

““This development provides us with an exciting opportunity to launch our Maldron brand in the English market, in line with our strategy of rolling out our Clayton and Maldron brands in the large regional UK cities. We are delighted to be working on this project with our development partner, McAleer & Rushe, and look forward to opening in Newcastle in summer 2018”.

What goes up, must come down….

What goes up, must come down….

Removal of former building foundations progresses, in preparation for the next phase of groundworks.


3rd November 2016

Piling work completed

Piling work completed

All piling works have been completed with all drainage currently just completed.
Formwork sub-contractor on site in past week and commencing their works by jumping the lift shaft.

1st November 2016

Topping Out Ceremony As Landmark Student Building Reaches Highest Point

A topping out ceremony was held at Catherine House, Portsmouth’s latest landmark student building, to mark the completion of its superstructure this week. The occasion was attended by representatives from multi award-winning student accommodation provider The Student Housing Company, its parent company GSA and the building’s contractors McAleer & Rushe.

The Catherine House project has completely transformed and extended the existing Zurich House on Stanhope Road, with the new building set for occupation in August 2017. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment while an adjoining building was developed to provide enough space to deliver 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms in a combination of three to six bedroom cluster flats, studios and one bedroom apartments.

The property is located in a prime location just few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the University of Portsmouth and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and will include a reception, common room, cycle storage, car park, sky lounge and public shops, providing the perfect balance of convenience, comfort and sociability.

Sarah Linton-Walls, sales and marketing director at The Student Housing Company, which will operate the building upon opening, said:

With room for 1,000 students, Catherine House is one of our most ambitious projects to date and the fact that you can see it standing out on the skyline as you enter this attractive city makes it all the more exciting for us. We can’t wait to open our doors to Portsmouth’s students next year – we’ve no doubt they’ll feel perfectly at home in this top of the range, bespoke student accommodation which raises the industry standard.

State-of-the-art building to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth
State-of-the-art building to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth

Dominic Trainor, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

As Catherine House tops out and makes its mark on the Portsmouth skyline, now is a good time to reflect on the close working relationship between McAleer & Rushe, The Student Housing Company and GSA that has made this such an exciting project to be involved with. Following the Catherine House project and the recent successful completion of the Back Of The Walls project in Southampton, we look forward to future developments and continuing the mutually-beneficial relationship with The Student Housing Company and its new parent company GSA.

Final pour on the roof

Final pour on the roof level

Huge milestone today as Project reaches final concrete pour on the roof level.

27th October 2016

New hotel at Stansted Airport celebrates important milestone

Urban&Civic, owner and developer of the new hotel being built at London Stansted Airport, celebrated an important milestone with key members of the project team at a topping out ceremony on the roof of the building.


The event, hosted by design and build construction partner McAleer & Rushe, celebrated the completion of the hotel’s superstructure and, following the exchange of an engraved trowel, representatives from Urban&Civic, McAleer & Rushe and Manchester Airports Group (the owners of Stansted Airport) pitched in to lay the concrete for the final step.

Martin Magee, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd said:

Good clients generally result in good projects and, from the outset, our collaboration with Urban&Civic has been overwhelmingly positive, which has made us determined to exceed expectations. It is always challenging managing a project of this scale on an airport site and we remain extremely grateful to Manchester Airports Group (MAG), who have proved very supportive and played a large role in helping us deliver on time.

Work started on the £45m hotel, which will be Hampton by Hilton’s largest hotel in Europe, at the end of last year and it is on track to welcome guests in summer 2017. The 357-bed, eight storey hotel will be linked to the terminal by a covered walkway and will support any future expansion of the Airport’s main terminal.

Robin Butler, Managing Director of Urban&Civic, said:

This is a key site for us as we continue to invest in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and it is great to be able to celebrate this important milestone. Alongside the strategic sites we are developing at Alconbury Weald and Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, this hotel at Stansted Airport forms part of our commitment to this nationally important growth area. Good design in the right location remains a touchstone for Urban&Civic.

London Stansted Airport has seen rapid and sustained growth in passenger numbers under the ownership of MAG and is the largest single employment site in the eastern region with over 11,600 people working at the Airport. Now boasting over 500 flights each day, Stansted Airport’s long haul destinations include Orlando and Cancun.

The hotel sits alongside MAG’s £260m investment plan to attract more passengers, airlines and long-haul services to Stansted, the fastest growing airport in the UK.

Lynda Shillaw, MAG Property CEO, said:

The new Hampton by Hilton hotel will be an important asset to London Stansted Airport, supporting the UK’s fastest growing airport.  This is a great example of how MAG Property works with investors and occupiers to unlock the potential of our airport locations for a wide range of uses to ensure they get the competitive edge from the exceptional locations we own and manage.

Offering travellers a friendly service and high quality amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, Hampton by Hilton is a rapidly expanding global brand. As well as operating 21 hotels in the UK, in addition to the hotel at Stansted Airport, other forthcoming airport hotels include Bristol and Humberside.

New Sandstone archway “Big Jack’s Close”. nearing completion

New Sandstone archway “Big Jack’s Close”. nearing completion

Over the coming month the street works will be completed on the Royal Mile and New Street as well as the public square on the north of the site.
Have a look at the arch at Big Jacks’s Close – we think it is beautiful! The internal fit-out will also be nearing completion


September 2016 – Newsletter (PDF 750k)

20th October 2016