McAleer & Rushe wins Health & Safety Award at CEF Construction Excellence Awards

McAleer & Rushe walked away with the prestigious Health & Safety award in the coveted CEF Construction Excellence Awards which recognises the crème de la crème within the Northern Ireland Construction industry.

In its 20th year, the Awards Gala Evening was held on 16th October 2019 at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast. The company was awarded for their leading work to continuously advance and reinforce their Health & Safety systems and culture which provides a workplace where all staff, visitors and third parties can be confident of their safety at all times. This ultimately saw them become the first Northern Ireland Principal Contractor to gain the ISO 45001 accreditation in July 2018.

Declan McLogan, SHEQ Director at McAleer & Rushe commented on the win:

“We are incredibly proud to receive the Health & Safety Award at the CEF Awards. This win is a testament to the department team for their dedication to raise the bar and the collaborative people-led culture that has united all staff on and off site in working safely together. Health & Safety in the construction industry requires unwavering attention and responsibility at all times and it truly is a team effort.”

Hosted by the Construction Employers Federation, the awards also recognised an additional 16 category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality performance.

McAleer & Rushe were also finalists in the Environmental Sustainability category and Commercial Construction for the Maldron Belfast City.

McAleer & Rushe handed RoSPA Gold Award for Health & Safety practices

McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd, headquartered in Cookstown, has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff and sub-contractors get home safely at the end of the working day.

McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd has achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Declan McLogan, SHEQ Director at McAleer & Rushe said:

“We are thrilled to have received such a prestigious award recognising our diligence, pro activeness and responsibility for our Health and Safety practices in McAleer & Rushe. Our Think SM@RT Health and Safety management system is the bedrock for every task undertaken on our sites. As a company we are proud of the culture we have established which ensures health, safety and wellbeing of all staff members, site operatives and visitors are at the forefront at all times and we are constantly adapting and improving in response to up-to-date industry guidance.”

This announcement follows another award received by McAleer & Rushe earlier in 2019 from the British Safety Council for a Merit International Safety Award.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, awards and events, said:

“The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.

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McAleer & Rushe recognised at the Irish Construction Industry Awards gala in Dublin

Northern Ireland based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has been awarded the prize for ‘International Project of the Year’ at the Irish Construction Industry Awards for Global Student Accommodation’s 1000-bed Catherine House scheme in Portsmouth.

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.

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.”

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.”

Paul Marlow is crowned UK’s top construction manager for £29 million student accommodation project

Paul Marlow has been named Construction Manager of the Year 2016 for his inspirational leadership on a £29 million student accommodation project for client Unite Students.


Competing against some of the most talented construction professionals in the UK, the McAleer & Rushe project manager from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland beat 85 other finalists and 10 gold medallists to the coveted trophy. Paul has also scored a CMYA first. He is the first overall winner to come from a residential category in the competition’s 38-year history.

Despite facing a barrage of logistical and technical challenges, Paul delivered the Angel Lane project in Stratford on time and on budget and with a ‘wow factor’ that delighted the client. The 759 unit accommodation block has since become a standard setter for Unite’s Homes for Success initiative, and a benchmark against which future projects are measured.

Paul’s achievement is all the more impressive because of the project’s difficult beginnings: the start date had to be delayed by two months to January 2014 due to late land purchase, but the completion deadline remained fixed at July 2015, in order for Unite to prepare for the first intake of students.

Leading Angel Lane from pre-construction phase, Paul radically revised the build strategy to save two months from the programme. A notable time saving initiative included switching from a post tensioned to a reinforced in situ concrete frame. Paul also selected a new lightweight cladding system that could be installed by scaffold, mast climbers and cradles, freeing up tower cranes for other activities.


Angel Lane faced major constraints: it was bound by a main road, a bridge and a neighbouring building site. But the biggest challenge was the proximity of live rail track less than 6m from the completed building. As well as having to undergo an extensive pre-approval process with Network Rail, Paul also had to guarantee 24-hour access site access to the operator’s maintenance teams. The provision of utilities also presented significant risks to the programme: as there was no extra capacity in the local electrical network, a new supply had to be delivered from 1km away.

Throughout the project, Paul maintained close liaison with a large number of third parties that were critical to successful delivery. He also ran a series of design workshops that were pivotal in ensuring suppliers and subcontractors were smoothly coordinated and integrated with the site team.

Paul led by example on health and safety, producing outstanding results: with more than 500,000 man hours worked and 1,836 people inducted onto the project, there was not a single reportable incident or accident on site.

Chris Blythe, chief executive of CIOB commented:

This has been another extraordinary year for CMYA. In every category we have seen project managers of all ages delivering exceptional projects, mastering multiple challenges, and achieving world class quality with exemplary leadership skills.

It’s the first year that we have seen the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from the conception to completion of many projects. This is an important milestone in the evolution of our industry, indicating the increasing complexity and sophistication of built environment work and the pivotal role that construction managers play within project teams. Congratulations to Paul and all our finalists and medallists. You are helping us take our industry to the next level.

Luke Engmann, development manager for Unite Students said:

Rather than reporting problems, Paul consistently delivered solutions. His foresight and suggestions enabled us to maintain programme and deliver the scheme in time for 2015 occupation. He also led by example on health and safety. The fact that we had zero accidents can be directly attributed to the conscientious work from Paul and his team.

The project was very challenging in terms of programme, site logistics and budget but Paul’s ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork has set the benchmark in terms of stakeholder management and leadership.

Chris Richards, an honorary Life Member of the CIOB and CMYA consultant said:

Competition was particularly intense at CMYA this year. An unprecedented number of gold medallists were strong contenders for the top trophy. But Paul’s entry was genuinely outstanding. He delivered a project of immaculate quality at a very rapid pace. Confident, positive and determined he demonstrated complete command of the situation. The judges’ decision was unanimous.

This year’s awards were sponsored by British Gas, Citation, Elecosoft, Glodon, IHS, ITN Productions, Peugeot, Premier BusinessCare and Roomex. You can find out more about CMYA by visiting

 McAleer & Rushe’s Winning Team
paul-marlowOverall Construction Manager of the Year 2016

Residential 7 storeys and over

GOLD: Paul Marlow, McAleer & Rushe Contracts, for construction of Unite Angel Lane, Stratford. A student tower block for 759 students.

ciaran-tiffneyResidential 7 storeys and under

GOLD:  Ciaran Tiffney ICIOB, McAleer & Rushe Contracts, for 24 apartments in a seven-storey block in central London.

Reproduced under permission from (c) Construction Manager Magazine/CIOB

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.

Gold Award for Motel One, Minories

Peter Devlin and Conor Feeney accepting the Gold Award Plaque from The Lord Mayor, Alan Yarrow

Peter Devlin and Conor Feeney accepting the Gold Award Plaque from The Lord Mayor, Alan Yarrow

The recently completed Motel One, Minories project has earned a Considerate Contractor 2015 Scheme Gold Award commissioned by the City of London. The scheme marks the first purpose built Motel One opened in England as well as the discovery of an archaeological find described by experts as ‘amongst the very best statues surviving from Roman Britain’.

This is the first Gold Award McAleer & Rushe have been awarded from the London scheme and sets a notable standard. The company would like to commend the contract director, site managers and personnel involved in the project who consistently demonstrated a spirit of pride and awareness to uphold and exceed the requirements of the Code of Good Practice.

The significance of this Gold Award is highlighted by the substantial difficulties that emerged during construction due to the surrounding areas of the site.

Close collaboration was required right through to Practical Completion with the City of London Infrastructure because of their works along Minories concurrent with our activities – this was especially tested during construction of the basement in which the elevation of St Clare Street had to be retained with the road levels some 6 metres above the works.
Constraints particularly developed as the overall footprint of the building was strictly not to be decreased yet being in close proximity to a live public highway access and neighbouring offices and apartments.

To overcome these conditions, bored kingpost piles were installed in a contiguous manner and encased in a capping beam. This enabled the highway to be retained in a permanent state and the remainder of the superstructure to be constructed, and the hotel footprint was not compromised.

Peter Devlin, Contracts Director and Conor Feeney, Site Manager for the project represented McAleer & Rushe alongside Richard Rixon of Endurance Land and Allan Sugg of E C Harris to accept the Gold Award Plaque. The plaque was handed out by the City of London’s Lord Mayor, Alan Yarrow on the 8th May 2015.

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

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”.

© 2013 Mid-Ulster Mail/Tyrone Times

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’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

© 2013 Andy Chopping – MOLA

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