McAleer & Rushe announce new Maldron hotel deal in Glasgow

McAleer & Rushe has just announced that they have signed an Agreement for Lease with the Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel chain, to deliver a new four-star Maldron Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.

The proposed c. 250 bed hotel, with bar, restaurant and business conferencing facilities will be centrally located on Renfrew St, close to the main shopping district on Sauchiehall Street and is adjacent to the Theatre Royal and a short distance from Buchanan Bus Station.

The c. £30 million project by McAleer & Rushe, which is subject to planning approval from Glasgow City Council, is projected to be delivered by mid-2020, representing Dalata’s first Maldron hotel in Scotland. Once construction is completed, Dalata will operate the hotel under a 35-year lease, subject to five-year rent reviews linked to the Retail Price Index.

This latest McAleer & Rushe project represents a long-standing partnership with the Dalata Hotel Group in delivering hotels across the UK and Ireland and follows the recent announcement of it’s sale of the planned Maldron Hotel in Newcastle to a major institutional fund, the UK Commercial Property Trust Limited (UKCPT).

According to Stephen Surphlis, Property Director, McAleer & Rushe, the hotel’s strategic positioning on Renfrew St will support Glasgow’s growing economy, positively contributing towards the surrounding urban environment and create construction as well as indirect employment. Commenting he said;

The announcement of our latest lease deal with Dalata represents the growing confidence in key regional UK cities for hotel operators, particularly in Scotland. This major new four-star Maldron Hotel will be an exciting addition to this dynamic consumer and business hub.

Working with the Dalata Group we are developing a number of hotel projects across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to partnering with them once again on this new project.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO – Business Development & Finance Dalata Hotel Group said;

We are delighted to have entered into an agreement to lease a newly constructed Maldron Hotel in Glasgow. We have a very strong relationship with McAleer & Rushe who are currently building our new hotels in Belfast, Newcastle and Charlemont, Dublin. Today’s announcement brings the number of UK hotels in our development pipeline to 5 with a total of circa 1,350 rooms.

Formation of Level 2 slab and columns in Section 1

Formation of Level 2 slab and columns in Section 1.

Continual progression with the concrete frame.

Commencement of the final area of groundworks, Temporary power substation installed on Skelhorne street, Preparations in place for level 3 floor slab formation on Section 3, Street signage installed on Skelhorne Street indicating pedestrian crossing, Façade sample panel constructed on site.

Skelhorne-Street-Liverpool – Newsletter December 2017

 17th December 2017

McAleer & Rushe sell Newcastle hotel investment for £32.7 million

McAleer & Rushe has announced that it has sold a planned new four-star Maldron Hotel in Newcastle City Centre to UK Commercial Property Trust Limited (UKCPT) which is advised by Standard Life Investments for £32.7 million on a forward funding basis reflecting a market investment yield of 4.99% on completion.

The six-storey hotel due to be completed in March 2019 by McAleer & Rushe is let on a 35-year FRI lease to Dalata, Ireland largest hotel operator and forms part of McAleer & Rushe’s wider £75 million mixed use regeneration scheme in the City. Alongside the hotel, the project also includes a 575 student bed accommodation which will be operated by the Unite Group and ancillary retail units.

The 265 bed hotel will be Dalatas first Maldron brand operation to be opened in England which includes an extensive bar, restaurant and business meeting facilities, which will provide a major boost to the Newcastle economy.

The development is strategically located on Newgate Street at the heart of Newcastle City Centre on the site of the former Newgate Shopping Centre and is close to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC and the Eldon Square Centre.

According to Stephen Surphlis, Property Director of McAleer & Rushe, the deal represents a significant transaction within the UK hotel investment sector and highlights the confidence and strong interest in the regional cities, particularly for hotel investments with long term income streams let to major brands such as Dalata. Commenting he said

The new Maldron hotel and the complete mixed-use scheme is a significant project and will support Newcastle’s continued economic development by attracting both business and leisure visitors to the heart of the City. We are looking forward to working with Standard Life Investments and Dalata, for whom we are delivering numerous hotel projects in the UK & Ireland.

Will Fulton, Fund Manager at Standard Life Investments, added,

We look forward to working with McAleer & Rushe on the delivery of this new scheme in Newcastle. Dalata and its flagship Maldron brand are an exciting, well managed, high quality, competitive hotelier which we believe will compete well in the Newcastle market, a home to leading universities, a thriving business community and leisure scene.

Joint Agents CBRE & Steerforth Partners advised McAleer & Rushe, with Knight Frank advising Standard Life Investments.

Tower Crane 1 has been installed on top of Core 1

Tower Crane 1 has been installed on top of Core 1.

Mezzanine to 1st Floor columns have been installed

Formation of Core 2 has commenced, Pre Cast stairs have been installed to Core 1, Preparatory works have commenced for 1st floor slab. Street lighting installed on hoarding.

McAleer and Rushes have sponsored a local underage football team

Skelhorne Street Liverpool – Newsletter November’17

7th November 2017

Pouring the first of the upper floor slabs

Pouring the first of the upper floor slabs

The focus through the month of November will be on pouring the first of the upper floor slabs (level 0), commencing on the south building and moving to the north shortly after.
Works will also continue to Sibbald Walk, with a piling rig due WC 13/11 to install the foundations for the eastern wall on Sibbald Walk. This should only take 2 – 3 weeks.


2nd November 2017

Progressing to the retaining walls and building

Progressing to the retaining walls and building

With significant progress made on the basement slab pours, works are progressing to the retaining walls and building to building structural elements. The site is also being prepared for the new road (Sibbald Walk) which runs north to south between the four building and to the pend onto the Royal Mile


4th October 2017

McAleer & Rushe Group celebrate 50 Years in Business

McAleer & Rushe, which is one of the UK’s largest design and build construction and property companies, is celebrating 50 years in business and has hosted events in London and Cookstown to celebrate the key milestone.

L-R Seamus McAleer (Chairman) Paul O’Connell (Guest Speaker) and Eamonn Laverty (Chief Executive)

The events marked McAleer & Rushe’s journey from small beginnings in Cookstown where it was formed in 1967 by Seamus McAleer, and where its headquarters are still based, to its standing today as a brand that has its construction footprint in cities throughout the UK and Ireland. With regional offices in London, Dublin and Belfast the company reported Profit Before Tax (PBT) of £10m in 2016, a 100% increase from the previous year with turnover in 2017 expected to exceed £350M. It currently employs 330 people across its operations.

The Company is jointly owned by Seamus McAleer, Founder and Chairman and Eamonn Laverty, Chief Executive, who together have been the driving force behind the business. The business made its in name in the early years by delivering large scale social housing projects before moving into commercial construction and development. The Company would be recognised as the leading Hotel Design & Build Company within the construction sector. The Company has constructed over 20,000 hotel rooms, 2 million square foot of office space, over 10,000 houses and 7,500 student housing units across the UK and Ireland. 


Commenting on the local to national journey that the business has been on, Seamus McAleer, said,

“Our principles, which are based on hard work, a strong team ethic and ambition, are those that we set out 50 years ago when we established our base in Cookstown and remain the cornerstone of our business today. We are fortunate to have such great staff, working hard for the Company and sharing in our successful journey”.

McAleer & Rushe has dominated the UK wide ‘Construction Manager of the Year Award’ (CMYA) with one of their local Project Managers Margaret Conway being the first ever female winner (in the 39 years of the Awards) – winning the coveted title in September for her work on the £22m nine storey office block at 9 Adelaide Street in Belfast for Belfast City Council. This followed the success of her colleague Paul Marlow who became the youngest ever CMYA winner in 2016 for a £29 million student accommodation project in East London for UNITE.

Talking about the future growth of the business, Eamonn Laverty added,

“2017 represents a very important milestone for our business and after gaining 50 years’ experience in the acquisition, design, development, construction and management of a variety of property types we are looking to the future with increased confidence. We have an extensive portfolio of work, a growing client base with a number of important projects in the pipeline and we are looking forward to the long-term growth of our business throughout 2018 and beyond.”

All retaining walls on site have now been installed.

All retaining walls on site have now been installed.

Permanent hoarding and Unite signage has been erected.

Upgraded site accommodation provided and positioned in new location. All retaining walls on site have now been installed. Preparatory works have commenced for Mezzanine floor slab. Permanent hoarding and Unite signage has been erected.

Skelhorne Street Liverpool – Newsletter October’17

10th October 2017

Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe wins Construction Manager of the Year 2017

Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe has won both her Gold category medal and the coveted overall ‘Construction Manager of the Year Award’ (CMYA) at the prestigious Awards event held in the Grosvenor House Hotel London. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has been running the awards for 39 years, with Margaret beating 84 finalists and 8 other gold medallists to take the coveted title.

Margaret’s achievement is all the more remarkable because it was her first role as a construction manager, working on the £22m nine storey office block at 9 Adelaide Street in Belfast City Centre which McAleer & Rushe both developed and constructed.

Working with the client Belfast City Council, Margaret delivered considerable cost savings of over £1m by reducing the height of the building and adapting the existing raft foundations for the new superstructure, as well as completing the 80-week project two months early with a clean health and safety record and an Excellent BREEAM rating.

McAleer & Rushe dominated this year’s CMYA picking up two further medals with Michael Yohanis and Paddy Connolly winning Gold and Silver respectively within the Leisure and Retail category. Michael won the Gold medal for his work on the construction of the £20m Adagio Royal Mile hotel in Edinburgh with Paddy winning the silver medal for his work on the £25m Holiday Inn in Manchester.

Margaret’s success which saw her being recognised as the first woman to win the title, follows that of her colleague Paul Marlow who was the youngest ever CMYA winner in 2016 for a £29 million student accommodation project in Stratford, East London.

CIOB President Rebecca Thompson said:

“Margaret is a true inspiration for anyone thinking of entering this exciting and challenging industry. As well as remaining in control of the immense technical and logistical challenges of her day job, her inclusive style has encouraged young people to get involved in construction. Our sector badly needs a more diverse workforce and Margaret shines out as a young leader who is making a genuine difference. We will watch her career with great interest.”

Commenting on the team’s achievements, Martin Magee, Managing Director, McAleer & Rushe said:

“The success of Margaret, Michael and Paddy at this year’s CMYA is truly outstanding. These Awards demonstrate the diversity, inclusivity, commitment and expertise of our employees and our teams and we are immensely proud of their achievements. Investing in our people, developing their experience and nurturing them in their areas of interest and expertise is at the heart of our success and central to our back to back CMYA wins.”

Martin Doherty, Belfast City Council Project Manager added:

“9 Adelaide Street was a challenging scheme in terms of programme, site logistics and budget. Margaret was intuitive to Belfast City Council’s needs, always focused on delivering the scheme on time, whilst never losing sight of the importance of safety or quality. Her ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork set a benchmark for the project.”

Martin Magee concluded:

“For McAleer & Rushe it is very rewarding that over the last number of years our project work across Office, Hotel, Student Accommodation and Residential sectors of the construction industry has received such wide recognition. Indeed, it is no coincidence that our Award winners at the 2017 CMYA have been recognised for their work on projects in Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester. After 50 years in business this shows our growing reach and the talented skill base we have to service it.”

One of the world’s largest Hampton by Hilton hotel’s to date has opened at London Stansted Airport

Originally published by (c) Premier Construction News

One of the world’s largest Hampton by Hilton hotel’s to date has opened at London Stansted Airport. The stylish hotel boasts 357 rooms set over seven floors, many with spectacular runway views and will provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for guests to kick back and relax during their stay ahead of their flights.

Hampton by Hilton offers clean and comfortable hotel rooms allowing guests to rest easy on a plush, comfy bed with a crisp white duvet and choice of comfy pillows. The hotel also offers spacious one-room studio suites which include a king or double queen clean and fresh Hampton bed, LCD flat screen TV, free high-speed internet access, sleeper sofa, bar sink, under the counter refrigeration and microwave oven. Additionally, guests can enjoy free hot breakfasts, free coffee and tea in the lobby and 24-hour front desk message and fax services. Accessible rooms are also available to make guests with disabilities – as well as friends and family who accompany them more comfortable.

Work on the hotel was undertaken by contactors McAleer & Rushe, Architects Leach Rhodes Walker and interior designers Koncept ID.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the project, Paul Scott, Senior Interior Designer at Koncept ID said:

“With a brand such as Hampton by Hilton there are clear brand standards to adhere to but they are also looking to give each of their hotels their own identity which is always great from a design point of view. This is one of the largest hotels in their portfolio so we wanted to make sure the design reflected this. The public areas are designed to create a number of seating options to suit any type of activity from lounging and relaxing, to dining or even working. There is an aviator theme throughout the space in the artwork, given its location, but we tried to avoid that being too obvious through use of details and more abstract images. The furniture and finishes throughout the space represent the luxury that you would expect within the brand.”

Hilton Honors guests will each be offered the hotel’s new ‘straight to room’ Digital Key technology. Digital Key provides guests with a secure way to access rooms. Activated the day before arrival, Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can select their desired room on their smartphone using digital check-in. On the day of arrival and once their room is ready, guests will receive a notification via the app and will need to pass by the front desk to get their Digital Key enabled before heading to their room. When the guest approaches their hotel room, they can simply press the virtual “unlock” button on the app to unlock the door.

The hotel also offers a contemporary 24-hour fitness suite and boardrooms equipped with state-of-the-art AV systems. Guests who are travelling for business can opt to stay in the 24-hour work zone, where they can print documents and access free wi-fi.
A new twelve-strong management team has been brought on board to open and run the hotel, led by General Manager Paolo Franchi. He commented:

“Whether embarking on a family holiday, business trip or exploring everything that London has to offer, we look forward to welcoming our guests.”

Paolo’s team will include Deputy General Manager Lina Savickaite, Director of Sales Jack Hollis, Reservations Manager Chloe Holmes, Food and Beverage Manager Adam Burrell and Maintenance Manager Luke O’Leary. The full team has more than 80 years’ experience between them.

Paul concluded:

“It has been a brilliant project. We have had a great relationship with the contractors McAleer & Rushe; we have worked with them before and will be working with them again, so it is always good to build on this relationship.”

Topping out ceremony marks milestone at 9 Marylebone Lane

McAleer& Rushe has marked the ‘topping out’ milestone of 9 Marylebone Lane, a major £22 million high-quality residential building in central London with over 100 guests visiting the site to celebrate the occasion.

The 55,400 sq ft development located just north of Oxford Street close to the West End, Mayfair and Hyde Park is a luxury residential building totalling of 10 floors with seven of these above ground. The development comprises 23-units, incorporating roof terraces and features a 25-metre pool, gym, spa and treatment rooms, gardens and residents’ lounge.
The ‘Topping out’ marks the installation of the final piece of the structure as the building has reached its maximum height.

Jonathan O’Neill, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe commented:

“It is a great project to be associated with and our experienced team and partners have worked tirelessly to ensure this development contributes positively to its historic location and we’re pleased the development is now taking great shape.”

Ellen Hadden from DSDHA, the development architects added:

“At 9 Marylebone Lane DSDHA set out to create a building that is contemporary in its design yet draws inspiration from its historic surroundings. The complex geometry of the glazed terracotta echoes the Edwardian facades of the surrounding streets and has ensured the building reflects a strong sense of local identity, which captures the prestige of this address as a residential neighbourhood.”

Tarun Tyagi, Chief Executive at Clivedale London said:

“We are committed to ensuring that each of our developments become legacy schemes that are delivered to the highest specification, quality and attention to detail. I would like to commend the work and expertise of our partners as we look forward to the development coming to life and enhancing one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods.”