Horizon Heights a landmark student accommodation project opposite Liverpool’s Lime Street station was the venue for a topping out ceremony on Wednesday 12th December to celebrate the final piece of structure being installed on the site.
The scheme which has been constructed by McAleer & Rushe on behalf of Unite Students, the leading provider of student accommodation in the UK, comprises 1,085 bedrooms across two blocks of 19 and 21 storeys.
The development has a mixture of cluster and studio flats with extensive communal areas and ground floor retail space, revitalising this prominent corner plot. Designed to BREEAM Excellent it also includes a detailed landscaping plan that will re-energise the public realm area and the pedestrian experience for the local community and visitors of the city.
McAleer & Rushe and Unite Students have a long-standing and successful partnership in place over many years. The Northern Ireland based construction company has delivered a range of major schemes on prominent sites throughout the UK for Unite, including a 575-bed scheme in Falconer’s Court in Newcastle and a 579-bed scheme in St. Leonard’s Edinburgh.
McAleer & Rushe is delighted to be part of the transformation that Unite Students are delivering for students’ living experiences across the UK. Horizon Heights is another example of a development that is providing a safe, secure accommodation located adjacent to universities facilities in the heart of a thriving city. We are looking forward to the completion of the project next year with students able to avail of the project’s outstanding accommodation facilities and further adding to the vibrancy of Liverpool city centre.
As part of Unite Student’s contract framework, McAleer & Rushe are currently in discussion with the student accommodation developer on future schemes and the further development of the successful partnership.
We are delighted with the performance of McAleer & Rushe and the project team and are very happy to have reached this important milestone. Our continued relationship with M&R is one of a collaborative and honest nature which ensures each project’s success. I would like to thank McAleer & Rushe for their professionalism and can do attitude in difficult conditions and I am sure there will be many projects in the future as Unite Students look to provide safe,secure and high quality homes for our students. Horizon Heights will be af antastic addition to the Unite portfolio and indeed to the Liverpool City skyline.
“More than 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK and tragically over 16,000 people die every year. We are determined to change that, but we can’t do it alone, which is why we are incredibly grateful to McAleer& Rushe for this wonderful support.”
“Donations like this enables us to pump prime research which will help us ensure in the future more people at high risk of the disease are identified and that more people have the opportunity to either have bowel cancer prevented or detected earlier. Quite simply, McAleer & Rushe is helping us create a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer.”
As the build up to the festive period begins it is easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of presents and commercial fanfare the Christmas season can bring. Christmas is a time for generosity and kindness, and it is difficult to comprehend there are so many children and adults who won’t receive a gift on Christmas morning.
Instead of the customary office Secret Santa, McAleer & Rushe staff decided to help make Christmas special for those who need it most in collaboration with the Road of Hope charity.
Road of Hope is a Northern Ireland based charity who help those who have been affected by conflict, internationally,nationally and locally. Their reach includes Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and some African countries.
This year McAleer & Rushe participated in the organisation’s Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Each member of staff became a Secret Santa to a child or adult in need, choosing toys and treats for a girl or boy of a chosen age group or elderly person.
The shoeboxes were collected on Wednesday 7th November and are well on their way to be distributed to underprivileged children and adults in Eastern Europe who wouldn’t normally receive any gifts,in time for Christmas.
Thanks to theRoad of Hope organization, the season of giving can extend beyond your own family, friends and colleagues – All of us at McAleer & Rushe are thankful to share the Christmas spirit with as many people as possible which is what Christmas is all about!
Unity becomes latest tech occupier at new office development
The Brinell Building, a speculative office development in Brighton, has been fully let ahead of completion in June 2019. The newly developed 65,253 sq ft Grade A, seven-storey office building, is being delivered by developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe.
The Brinell Building achieved record rents for the city with each pre-let transaction, topping out at £32.00 per sq ft.
Unity Technologies, the ApS video game development company based in San Francisco with a market cap in the region of $2.5Bn (May 2017), has become the final occupier to take space at The Brinell Building. The tech company, who will be the anchor tenant, has committed to 37,398 sq ft over the first to fourth floors on a ten-year lease.
Unity Technologies joins other standout occupiers including Diversified, the leading technology integrator delivering innovative digital media, broadcasting, electronic security and OTT solutions, which has pre-let 8,272 sq ft on the ground floor on a 15-year lease. As well as professional services firm Dehns which has pre-let the top two floors covering 18,514 sq ft on a 15-year lease.
Angus Monteith, Property Development Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:
McAleer & Rushe successfully developed CityView in 2016 and we saw the opportunity to bring forward additional office space to meet untapped demand in central Brighton. Our decision to speculatively develop The Brinell Building has been rewarded with 100% pre-lettings to a first class tenant line-up six months ahead of practical completion.”
The Brighton occupier market has historically been underpinned by corporate giants like L&G, American Express and BUPA but the letting success at The Brinell Building highlights demand from the ever-expanding TMT sector. Brighton’s amenity offering coupled with a young, skilled labour force and growing tech sector is making it a hotbed for talent. With vacancy rates at an all-time low, speculative schemes providing Grade A office stock, such as The Brinell Building, are crucial for the continued growth of Brighton’s thriving business community.
We have worked alongside Unity for a number of years, advising on its original offices at CityView. We are delighted to have secured The Brinell Building for one of Brighton’s rapidly growing businesses in what is one of the largest office pre-lets for many years.
Completion of Level 20 floor slab pour on Section 3. Level 19 structural steel frame has commenced on site. Installation of pre-cast stairs to Core 2 continues. Bathroom POD deliveries continue onsite. M&E trades continue onsite. Façade works continue to all elevations and brickwork commenced.
Since our last newsletter update, steady progress has been achieved onsite: Continual progression with the concrete frame. Level 17 slab has been poured in Sections 1 & 2. The pour of Level 18 floor slab in Section 3 has completed. Installation of Pre-Cast stairs to
Core 2 continues. Bathroom POD deliveries continue onsite. M&E trades continue onsite. Façade works continue to all elevations.
Internal fitout is progressing onsite. Continual progression with the concrete frame. Level 15 slab has been poured in Section 1. Installation of Pre-Cast stairs to Core 2 continues. Level 16 in Section 2 has been poured. Bathroom POD deliveries continue onsite. Completion of Level 16 floor slab pour on Section 3. M&E trades continue onsite. Façade works continue to all elevations
Continual progression with the concrete frame. Preparation for Level 13 slab formation in Section 1. Installation of Pre-Cast stairs to Core 2 continues. Level 12 in Section 2 has been
poured. Bathroom POD deliveries continue onsite. Completion of Level 13 floor slab pour on Section 3. M&E trades continue onsite.
Development Milestone Reached as Offices Housing 2,900 Civil Service Jobs in the Heart of the Old Town Nears Completion.
The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town has reached a significant milestone today (Wednesday July 4th) with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme set to be home to some 2,900 government workers.
The seven-level development, which comprises two interlinked office buildings providing almost 200,000 sq. ft. of ultra-modern Grade A office space, has now reached its highest point – an occasion marked by the UK Government and developers Artisan Real Estate Investors.
The UK Government announced last year that it will relocate 2,900 civil service jobs to the new regional hub by 2020 under the terms of a 25-year lease. This includes HMRC, which will operate one of its 13 regional centres from New Waverley. This will be the UK Government’s cross-departmental flagship Hub in Scotland, which will function as the Scottish base of several government bodies, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Government Actuary’s Department and HM Treasury. Staff from the Health and Safety Executive and the Information Commissioner’s Office will also be based here.
The new Government offices will offer the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency, and employees will benefit from a contemporary design with added staff amenities including a landscaped roof area providing sweeping views across the Waverley Valley,
This new flagship building is part of our radical upgrade of the Civil Service, and will support a diverse and creative workforce as they make a real difference to the lives of people living in Scotland. The hub will provide high quality, skilled jobs right in the heart of the city centre as well as contributing significantly to the local economy. Alongside significant savings for the taxpayer, the roll-out of Government Hubs will provide modern working environments across the whole of the UK enabling us to provide the best public services we can.
Locating HMRC to a new regional centre in Edinburgh in the New Waverley development is another step in HMRCs transformation into a modern, digitally advanced tax authority. This unique city centre location will bring our teams together to promote closer working relationships as well as increasing our effectiveness in collecting taxes.
The completion of the office hub will complete the cornerstone of New Waverley’s current development phase, which will see the high quality office space blend with restaurants, cafes and shops around the public plaza. Artisan’s £200 million, 7.5 acre mixed-use scheme seamlessly links Waverley Station with the city’s iconic Royal Mile, forming part of the Old Town’s UNESCO World Heritage site.
Welcoming the UK Government to New Waverley, Clive Wilding, Artisan’s project director, said:
Bringing the UK Government hub right into the historic heart of Edinburgh is a ringing endorsement for what we are building here – not just for New Waverley, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland. It sends out an important message that our city centres have the interest, value and capacity to attract investment from the very best employers, setting an important precedent for Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland
For New Waverley, it’s another significant step of our journey to restore life, vitality and energy to this very special part of Edinburgh’s historic city centre, and will be a natural fit for the exciting and vibrant mixed-use community we are creating here.
People coming to work here will enjoy an unmatched working, leisure and living environment. On their doorstep will be one of Scotland’s major transport hubs as well as an eclectic mix of shops, hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and homes in a location that reflects both the best of the city’s heritage and its future.
They will find that New Waverley is a genuinely unique destination in which to work, live and enjoy time out. This is a transformational development of a UNESCO Heritage site, in one of the world’s most iconic yet delicate locations. It’s pioneering the future, whilst preserving the past, representing a blueprint for sensitive yet positive city-centre regeneration.
Reaching the Topping Out stage of the office hub is also a significant milestone for New Waverley contractors, McAleer & Rushe, who are on target to complete the commercial phase by summer 2019.
Construction of the two interlinked office buildings totalling 230,000 sq. ft. brought its own particular challenges, including overcoming a 40 ft. gradient which runs from the Royal Mile down into the Waverley Valley. This means that both buildings are built into the side of the hill, with the ground floor access into the public plaza on one side becoming the building’s second level further down the slope.
The buildings have a significantly large concrete frame composed of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, all of which was non pre-fabricated and poured on site. The facades of the completed buildings will be clad in the highest quality Stanton Moor buff sandstone to reflect the unique heritage and environment of their immediate surroundings.
Shane McCullagh, contracts director from McAleer & Rushe added:
This strategically important landmark building provides a spectacular focal point and destination for the wider New Waverley development. It’s a challenging development to complete, especially considering its unique location at the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site, but one that is being delivered on time, on budget and with the highest safety standards.
Now that we have ‘Topped Out’ the office buildings, the true mass, vision and scope of the entire New Waverley masterplan is now apparent, and it’s a fitting testament to our team on site and the whole development team that so much has been achieved in a relatively short timescale. We are appreciative for this opportunity in the ongoing partnership with Artisan and very much look forward to handing over the completed offices to the UK Government in 2019.
New Waverley’s office development was sold in October 2017 by Artisan to Legal & General, who secured the development on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality long-term UK assets that generate income streams that match its commitments to pensioners.
The development has won three place-making awards in the last year – including best regeneration project for both the Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The scheme’s architects are Allan Murray Architects.
The awards, now in their fifth year recognise companies which demonstrate excellence and innovation in Ireland’s construction industry. McAleer & Rushe competed against four other international companies to lift the award at the gala ceremony which took place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
McAleer & Rushe was engaged as the design and build contractor by the global leader in student accommodation to develop the scheme through the entire evolution process. The project which was worth £50m completely transformed and extended the existing derelict 1970s landmark office building, Zurich House on Stanhope Road. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment providing a 405-bed student accommodation along with the design and construction of an 11-storey new build extension delivering enough space for an additional 595 beds.
Commenting on the award Dominic Trainor, McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director said,
It is a great honour to be recognised by our peers for this project which further cements our position as leading contractors in the student accommodation sector. I want to pay tribute to our teams hard work and commitment and thank our client, GSA for entrusting us with the scheme. Carrying forward this collaborative relationship with GSA we have already begun work on two further projects in Bournemouth to deliver 950 student beds. We look forward to continuing to build this long-lasting relationship to deliver additional schemes across the UK and Ireland.
Tim Mitchell, GSA’s Global Head of Real Estate, said:
There’s no doubt that the development of Catherine House was one of our most ambitious projects to date, but we’re delighted with the results delivered by McAleer & Rushe. We’ve successfully brought 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms to Portsmouth and are proud to have given such an iconic building a second lease of life. Feedback from our residents living there has been outstanding!
Since 2014, the Irish Construction Industry Awards have become an established benchmark for contractors, businesses, teams and consultants in Ireland to demonstrate innovation and excellence within the built environment.
The screen, required as a precaution to keep pupils at East Cliff Pre-School safe throughout the development works, was taken one step further by the Student Housing Company to offer a visual and engaging element for the children. The safety wall includes a gallery of the pupils’ artwork, as well as viewing windows to let the children check-in on how the development works are going.
Alex Piddington, Graphic Designer at the Student Housing Company, said:
The Student Housing Company is always looking for ways to work alongside the local community and we saw this is a fantastic opportunity to engage children; something that we don’t normally have the chance to do. We loved developing the creative element of the protective screen along with the pupils, staff and parents at East Cliff Pre-School and we can’t wait to see how the children interact with it over the coming months. There are certainly some talented young artists at the school, and hopefully the viewing windows might even inspire the next generation of architects and engineers!
Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:
The creation of the hoarding on Holdenhurst Road is an exciting initiative which provides the opportunity for East Cliff Pre-School to showcase the talent of its children and to bring to life a construction project that will add a dynamic new dimension to the local area. A key commitment of McAleer & Rushe is being a good neighbour to the communities in which we operate, not only by ensuring that our sites are safe and secure but also by inspiring people through our projects and hopefully providing a platform for the next generation.
Beckie Capewell and Amanda Allison, Co-owners of East Cliff Pre-School Said:
McAleer & Rushe has been great throughout the whole construction process so far and has made it clear that the safety of the children and staff at East Cliff Pre-School was their top priority. We have had constant visits from the team to ensure we are happy with how the works are progressing and we are thrilled with the final mural on our side of the fence. The children will love to see their own artwork on display as well as enjoy peeping into the hidden viewing windows, helping them feel included as the building progresses. The children are looking forward to visiting the site itself and see first-hand a glimpse into how a building is constructed. Thank you to The Student Housing Company and McAleer & Rushe from all the team at East Cliff Pre-School.
Upon completion Belaton House will provide 403 student bedrooms, in a combination of three to eight bed apartments, ‘twodios’ and studios.