McAleer & Rushe lends support to bowel cancer research

McAleer& Rushe has announced that it has made a significant donation to Bowel Cancer UK to help fund the charity’s bowel cancer research grants programme.

There search focuses on three key themes: improving bowel cancer screening; the identification and surveillance of high-risk groups; and understanding bowel cancer in the under 50’s. 

Eamonn Laverty (Chief Executive of McAleer & Rushe), Deorah Alsina MBE (Bowel Cancer UK) & Seamus McAleer (Chair of McAleer & Rushe)

Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK, said:

“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.”


Christmas… a time of giving

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.

Olivia O’Neill & Monique Croucher

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.


Olivia O’Neill, Seamus McAleer & Monique Croucher

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!


East Cliff Pre-School’s Artwork Rewarded at Belaton House

The Student Housing Company, in partnership with McAleer & Rushe, has unveiled a hoarding with a difference at its new Belaton House student accommodation development today.

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.

As part of the construction of Belaton House on Holdenhurst Road, an existing fence has been removed adjoining the development to East Cliff Pre-School and The Student Housing Company took the decision to create a unique hoarding which the pupils could engage with.

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.


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.”


McAleer & Rushe supports ‘A Square Metre for Butterflies’ initiative at New Waverley development

Employees of McAleer & Rushe along with pupils from Royal Mile Primary School have highlighted their commitment to enhancing the local environment by planting a selection of flowers, creating a bee ‘hotel’ and designing a biodiversity themed screen on the site of the New Waverly office development in Edinburgh.


As part of Edinburgh Living Landscape, Leonie Alexander Urban Biodiversity Project Officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), has worked with the company to develop a space to encourage insect life and help supportthe butterfly and bee population in the local area. Contributing to ‘A Square Metre for Butterflies’ the area is a place where companies are encouraged to devote at least one square meter to butterfly caterpillar food plants and nectar plants for adult butterflies.

The New Waverley Development will deliver 200 000 sq ft of new Grade A office space in the heart of Edinburgh’s “Old Town” which forms part of a World Heritage zone. Edinburgh was recently found to be the UK city with the greatest proportion of green space with almost half of the city’s area classified as ‘green’.

Kevin Byrne, Health & Safety Officer at McAleer & Rushe commented:

“We are delighted to support this important initiative working in partnership with the RBGE to enhance biodiversity in central Edinburgh and would like to thank all the pupils from Royal Mile Primary School for their help. As a company, we remain committed to supporting environmental initiatives and look forward to adopting similar measures at future developments.”
Leonie Alexander added: “This is a brilliant initiative by McAleer & Rushe to support local wildlife. This small green space acts as a stepping stone for insects to top up on supplies and the bee hotel offers high class accommodation for bumblebees, solitary bees and a whole range of other insects. The pupils at Royal Mile Primary School are super aware of pollinators and this is a great opportunity to contribute something practical.”

 


We ‘relay’ enjoy fundraising

The McAleer & Rushe site teams at Brunswick Street and College Avenue are entering teams in the 2017 Belfast Marathon to raise funds for Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Omagh.

The main focus of Arvalee School and Resource Centre is to support children and young people with learning difficulties to overcome the challenges they face in order to grow, learn and achieve so that they can be the best that they can be.

The funds raised by McAleer & Rushe will be used to support their mission to give opportunities for children and young people to shine.

Link to just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emma-gormley


The McAleer & Rushe Relay Teams: Head Office Team 1

Route No. Route Name Distance (Miles) Runner
A City Hall – Bridge End 6.2 John Cullen
B Bridge End – Hillview 3.3 Julie McGuigan
C Hillview – Gideon’s Green 7.2 Benny McKay
D Gideon’s Green – Corporation St 4.5 Charlene Millen
E Corporation Street – Finish 5.0 Donna Todd

Head Office Team 2

Route No. Route Name Distance (Miles) Runner
A City Hall – Bridge End 6.2 Michael Lynn
B Bridge End – Hillview 3.3 Thomas McPeake
C Hillview – Gideon’s Green 7.2 Tommy Cassidy
D Gideon’s Green – Corporation St 4.5 John Canavan
E Corporation Street – Finish 5.0 Ronan McRory

Brunswick Street Site Team

Route No. Route Name Distance (Miles) Runner
A City Hall – Bridge End 6.2 Cathal Magee
B Bridge End – Hillview 3.3 Greg Kelly
C Hillview – Gideon’s Green 7.2 Benny Ward
D Gideon’s Green – Corporation St 4.5 Carl McAllister
E Corporation Street – Finish 5.0 Mark McKay

College Avenue Site Team

Route No. Route Name Distance (Miles) Runner
A City Hall – Bridge End 6.2 Adam Toal
B Bridge End – Hillview 3.3 Ciaran Tiffney
C Hillview – Gideon’s Green 7.2 Jonathan Murphy
D Gideon’s Green – Corporation St 4.5 Niall McCartan
E Corporation Street – Finish 5.0 Ryan O’Neill

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice awarded £60,000 for children’s bedrooms refurbishment

McAleer & Rushe and DM Thomas Foundation for Young People raise money for NICH

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice received £60,000 from DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to fund much needed improvements to their children’s accommodation.

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L-R Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation, Heather Weir, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and Seamus McAleer Chairman of McAleer & Rushe

The money was raised through the Foundation Ball held annually at London Hilton on Park Lane and the Hospice was chosen as one of the recipients of funds from the night by the Ball sponsor, McAleer & Rushe.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People’s Ball was held in November 2015 and raised £360,000 for the work of the Foundation and its charity partners, including the Hospice. The Foundation’s grant will be used by Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice to upgrade facilities. The work is a continuation of a refurbishment project which started in 2015, when as the previous year’s sponsor of the Foundation Ball, McAleer & Rushe chose to donate £44,900 towards revamping an initial four bedrooms. This additional cheque will fund the second stage of the makeover and will complete the project.

Dame Maureen Thomas, founding trustee, Simon Sheehan the Director of the charity, Seamus McAleer, Chairman of McAleer & Rushe and Mark Walker the Area General Manager of Hilton Northern Ireland, met with the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice staff to present them with a cheque.

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs. There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in Northern Ireland who need specialist care. The hospice will remodel six of their children’s bedrooms with new flooring, furniture, lighting, sinks and windows.

McAleer & Rushe chairman Seamus McAleer said:

“McAleer & Rushe is very proud to continue its support for the work of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Both organisations do such tremendous work with young people, improving the quality of their lives. As a Northern Irish company, particularly supportive of cancer care charities, we have long admired the level of care offered by the children’s hospice for the Province’s life-limited children and their families. Today it has been a privilege, and very inspiring, to see how funds have been used to enhance its facilities and to witness the care offered by the Hospice”.

Heather Weir, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice said:

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice opened 15 years ago and over that time has welcomed and cared for thousands of children and their families. Some of the equipment and facilities in the building are now coming to the end of their lifespan and are greatly in need of refurbishment. We’re delighted that the Foundation and its sponsor, McAleer & Rushe, have so generously chosen us to receive this contribution of £60,000 towards the refurbishment of six children’s bedrooms in the Children’s Hospice. The bedrooms are having a complete revamp, with new work surfaces, wardrobes, floors, windows and soft furnishings. They will be freshly painted and will feel like new for all the children and families that will use them in the future. The aim always is to make the Children’s Hospice feel like a home from home as much as possible. The support of the Foundation makes a huge difference to all the children we care for going forward and on their behalf I would like to thank it for its very generous gift.”

260216SH5 050 - WebDM Thomas Foundation for Young People was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to supporting young people in need by combating exclusion and providing skills, aspirations and opportunities. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of its supporters, including from regular charity balls. Since its establishment the Foundation has donated almost £16 million to transform young lives.

Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation said

“Thanks to our partnership with McAleer & Rushe and Hilton Belfast we are delighted to be able to continue our support of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and to complete the refurbishment project which began last year. It is fantastic to be a part of a long term programme of this kind, and to see the money raised from our Foundation Ball put to good use. The work NICH do supporting life-limited young people and their families is invaluable, and is central to the ethos of the Foundation.”


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

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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 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.

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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.


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

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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.


Belfast Children’s Hospice awarded £44,900 for children’s bedrooms refurbishment

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Martin Magee – Managing Director Construction; Kathleen Lennon; Seamus McAleer, Marcus Cooper from Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice; Stephen Surphlis – Property Director, McAleer & Rushe

McAleer & Rushe and DM Thomas Foundation for Young People raise money for NICH

27 March 2015, Belfast: Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice received £44,900 of funding for much needed refurbishments to their children’s accommodation facilities.

The money was raised through the Foundation Ball held annually at London Hilton on Park Lane and the Hospice was chosen as one of the recipient of funds from the night by ball sponsor McAleer & Rushe. The Ball was held in November 2014 and raised substantial amounts of money for both Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF) and the charities that they support, including the Hospice. The money will be used by Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice for much needed refurbishment works to their facilities.

Dame Maureen Thomas, founding trustee of HCF, Simon Sheehan the Director of the charity, Seamus McAleer, Chairman of McAleer & Rushe alongside Company Directors Martin Magee and Stephen Surphlis, Mark Walker the General Manager of Hilton Belfast and Steve Cassidy Vice President of Ops Select UK from Hilton Worldwide met with the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice to present them with a cheque.

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland caring for children and young people with very complex needs. There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in Northern Ireland who need specialist care. The hospice will refurbish four of their children’s bedrooms with new flooring, furniture, lighting, sinks and windows.

Eamonn Laverty, Chief Executive of McAleer & Rushe said:

“McAleer & Rushe are proud to support the Foundation as well as the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, who both work hard to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. The hospice is a charity that is close to the heart of McAleer & Rushe as we are a Northern Ireland based company and believe in giving back to the community.”

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Dame Maureen Thomas, Seamus McAleer, Marcus Cooper from Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Marcus Cooper, Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice said:

“Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice opened 14 years ago and over that time has welcomed and cared for thousands of children and their families. Some of the equipment and facilities in the building are now coming to the end of their lifespan and are greatly in need of refurbishment. We’re delighted that the foundation’s sponsor, McAleer & Rushe, has so generously chosen us to receive this contribution of £44,900 towards the refurbishment of 4 children’s bedrooms in the Children’s Hospice. The bedrooms will have a complete makeover, with new work surfaces, wardrobes, floors, windows and soft furnishings. They will be freshly painted and will feel like new for all the children and families that will use them in the future. The aim always is to make the Children’s Hospice feel like a home from home as much as possible. The support of the Foundation will make a huge difference to all the children we care for going forward and on their behalf I would like to thank them for their very generous gift.”

HCF – which has recently changed its name to DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to supporting young people in need by combating exclusion and providing skills, aspirations and opportunities. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of its supporters, including from regular charity balls. Since its establishment the Foundation has donated over £14 million to transform young lives.

Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation said:

“Thanks to our partnership with McAleer & Rushe we are delighted to be able to continue our support of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. The work they do supporting life-limited young people and their families is invaluable, and is central to the ethos of DMTFYP.”

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