Artisan Hands Over UK Government Hub At New Waverley

Developer hands over ahead of time and on budget

The developer behind an award winning  £240 million regeneration scheme in New Waverley , Edinburgh today [13 June 2019] marked the completion of the UK Government Hub development with a ceremonial key handover to the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP.

Part of the New Waverley place-making master plan – delivered by Artisan Real Estate – the UK Government Hub handover marks a key milestone at one of the UK’s most important city-centre regeneration sites, located in the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The Hub, a seven-storey development spanning 190,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, will welcome circa 3,000 civil service employees into the heart of the Old Town in Spring 2020. It comprises two interlinked office buildings and is designed to provide the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency.

Commenting on the handover, Clive Wilding, Artisans Property Director said:

Place-making was at the heart of our plans for this iconic site from the very beginning. With the UK Government Edinburgh Hub at its heart, I am confident that we are delivering what we have set out to achieve – a vibrant community for people to work, rest, and enjoy.
 
“It has been our pleasure to deliver this project with the support of our construction partner McAleer & Rushe and designers Allan Murray Architects. We are humbled to have played a role in bringing the development to fruition and trust the UK Government will take great pride in calling it their home.

Government employees will benefit from its contemporary design and amenities including a landscaped roof area providing panoramic views across the Waverley Valley.

During design and construction phases of the commercial space, up to 267 people specialising in roles across the entire built environment spectrum worked on the site. This colossal undertaking, which began in February 2017, included the erection of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, which was non pre-fabricated and poured on site for mix precision. The facades of the completed building are clad in the highest quality Stanton Moor buff sandstone to blend perfectly with the surrounding environment.

Shane McCullagh, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe said:

I would like to thank Artisan for providing us with the opportunity to work with them again within their wider New Waverley development. This landmark building is a stand out project for McAleer & Rushe, demonstrating the highest quality and our largest Design & Build office completed to date. We are extremely proud to have played a key role in creating this new UK Government Hub and look forward to continuing our activities in Scotland with a number of exciting projects between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

New Waverley is already a well-established district in Edinburgh following a succession of restaurants, cafes and hotels taking up residence there. The Hub 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.

Derek Gilby, Senior Fund Manager, LGIM Real Assets, said:

When we funded this deal we were confident that it would have a meaningful impact on this area of Edinburgh, creating new jobs and driving economic growth. We are proud to see our vision come to life with this high-quality redevelopment, reinvigorating this part of the city centre, and blending in with the surrounding landscape which has already undergone substantial regeneration with many new building, including a new public square.

New Waverley has won three-place-making awards including best regeneration project for both the Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

For further information about New Waverley visit www.newwaverley.com


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.


Official Launch of the Maldron Hotel Belfast City

The Maldron brand officially launched the 237-bedroom Belfast City hotel on Thursday 17th March 2018.

The event was officiated by Mike Gatt, General Manager with speeches by John Hennessey, Chairperson of Dalata Board of Directors, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister and by our very own Chairman, Seamus McAleer.

Representatives from key businesses in the city, dignitaries, corporate stakeholders and members of the public attended the launch event to a great success. Attendees were given a tour of the new hotel followed by a two-course sit down lunch in the Grain & Grill restaurant. All left with their bellies full and food for thought.

The site was handed over in March 2018 to the client, Dalata Hotel Group at 6 weeks ahead of schedule. The hotel has already operated with a successful occupation rate of 70% to 80% since it’s opening.

This all pays credit to the hard work and efforts by our Project Team and has continued to develop the Company’s relationship with our key client, Dalata Group.

We have two sites under construction for both the Maldron and Clayton brands, in Newcastle and Dublin respectively, with three further in the pipeline across major cities, Bristol, Glasgow and Birmingham.


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

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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.”


Iconic Student Building Opens its Doors

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

Portsmouth’s landmark student development, Catherine House, officially opened its doors 7th September as The Student Housing Company prepares to receive new residents for the 2017/18 academic year. The launch event was attended by representatives from the multi award-winning student accommodation operator, its parent company GSA and the building’s contractors McAleer & Rushe.

The Catherine House project has completely transformed and extended the existing Zurich House on Stanhope Road. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment while an adjoining building was developed to provide enough space to deliver 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms in a combination of four to six bedroom cluster flats, studios and one bedroom apartments. The property is located in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the University of Portsmouth and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and will include a reception, common room, cycle storage, car park, sky lounge and retail space, providing the perfect balance of convenience, comfort and sociability.

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

Catherine House is one of our most ambitious projects to date and the fact that you can see it standing out on the skyline as you enter this attractive city makes it all the more exciting for us.

“The new development reflects The Student Housing Company’s design and specification signatures which provide students with accommodation specifically tailored to their needs. The building incorporates generous communal spaces, bright and welcoming student entrances, and high specification rooms with high levels of natural light, which we’re sure will be welcomed by the students when they move in later this month.”

Dominic Trainor, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe said:

“I would like to thank our site team and supply chain partners who have worked tirelessly to bring this exceptional project to life. Catherine House marks a significant step in our partnership with The Student Housing Company and GSA and helps to meet the growing demand for purpose built student accommodation in Portsmouth. We are currently on site at two further GSA student accommodation projects in Bournemouth and look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

The Student Housing Company strives to provide students with the confidence to expect the highest quality accommodation and service. At Catherine House students’ financial worries will be kept to a minimum as all facilities and bills including water, gas, electricity, heating, high-speed broadband and maintenance are covered in the monthly rent. The company’s on-site management team will also on hand 24/7 to help students make the most of student life in Portsmouth, whether it’s through advising on day-to-day issues, giving directions to the best restaurants or planning events.


McAleer & Rushe Completion Of British Land Yalding House Office Scheme Strikes The Right Note

McAleer & Rushe has completed a substantial refurbishment and extension for British Land of Yalding House, the former home of the BBC Music Department, Radio 3 and Radio 1.

Yalding House at 152-156 Great Portland Street, W1 was built in 1930 and is located within the Harley Street Conservation Area.

British Land’s scheme designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman sees the building revitalised to the latest modern office standards with a full height extension to the rear and a rooftop extension on the fifth floor which increases the available floor space from 2,833sq m to 3,622sq m. The scheme also creates a new retail offer at ground level on Great Portland Street. McAleer & Rushe also worked on the external refurbishment to tidy up the existing façade of the building, whilst remaining architecturally sympathetic to the existing building and conservation zone.

McAleer & Rushe began work in July 2014.

BBC Radio 1Xtra was launched at Yalding House. Radio 1 broadcast its last ever show from Yalding House on 14 December 2012.

McAleer & Rushe began work in July 2014.

McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director Jonathan O’Neill said: “This has been a great project to work on and we’ve very much enjoyed working with British Land and BuckleyGrayYeoman to regenerate this unique historic building into a stylish contemporary office. This is our third recent project with British Land and the company’s game-changing ethos of excellence of is always inspiring.”

Gerald Eve advised British Land on planning.


McAleer & Rushe Celebrates Completion Of Angel Lane Student Housing Project For Unite

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McAleer & Rushe joined Unite Students and King’s College London at the opening ceremony of their flagship student housing accommodation scheme Angel Lane in Stratford, east London.

Unite Students, the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation, and Russell Group university King’s College London proudly announced an extension to their successful partnership with the opening of the new London facility built by McAleer & Rushe.

Excluding Angel Lane, Unite already provides over 1,000 beds to King’s in three London properties.

Angel Lane which reached practical completion on 27th August was one of McAleer & Rushe’s first student housing projects and its first partnership with Unite.

McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director Dominic Trainor said:

“We really enjoy working with Unite. On this project there was a spirit of true collaboration from the very first design workshops, and great integration with Unite’s operation teams. I like to think there is a real appreciation of our heritage of meeting challenges by rolling up our sleeves and sorting things out”.

Antony Arnold Construction Director at Unite said:

“This project has set the benchmark for our ‘Homes For Success’ initiative, with exceptional aesthetics, amenity space, and light, which all promote the well-being of our students. McAleer & Rushe did a great job delivering a challenging project on time and within budget, with a ‘wow’ factor quality of finish. They took on a series of third party issues and rather than reporting problems they consistently delivered solutions. We quickly gained a sense of confidence that the project was in a safe pair of hands, borne from an all-round competence of the contractor and the consultant team”.

The strength of the relationship established has been demonstrated by McAleer & Rushe being selected as a vested partner by Unite.

The 24,000m2 Angel Lane which rises over eight to 14 storeys is situated a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park and a major transport hub will become home to 759 students.

The site was particularly challenging given the location beside one of London’s busiest transport interchanges and the interaction with London Underground, Network Rail and HS1.Angel-lane-Opening-4

It was a particularly fast turnaround for such a large scheme with McAleer & Rushe only beginning on site in January 2014. One interesting innovation which helped facilitate this was the use of Gebrik brick cladding systems.

Angel Lane provides a solution to a key challenge facing King’s – a need for more purpose-built student accommodation to support growing student numbers.

King’s real estate development director Ralph Luck OBE said:

“We have ambitious plans to increase student numbers over the next few years and given our existing strong relationship with Unite Students they were the obvious partner to choose.”

Unite Students‘ managing director of Operations Richard Smith said:

“Delivering another property in this exciting area of London gives students another accommodation option, ensuring they get value for money and the best environment to succeed.”

For further information please contact: Robert Gibson at Grenadier on 0207 834 6263 / 07748 182 234


Brace Of Early Completions By McAleer & Rushe Enable Early Openings Of Hotels

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McAleer & Rushe has completed a 165-bedroom Crowne Plaza, the second of two Aberdeen hotels for Dominvs Group, weeks ahead of time.

The complete development was carried out well within a demanding 16 month programme. This significant achievement enabled the Crowne Plaza to open just eight days ahead of practical completion, remarkably six weeks ahead of schedule.

It follows the completion of a 193-bedroom 3-Star Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the first of May which opened just six days after practical completion.

The Crowne Plaza has 165 luxury executive, club and twin guest rooms, two bars and a restaurant. It also boasts eight meeting rooms and two conference rooms.

The hotels are the closest to Aberdeen International Airport and are connected by a covered walkway to the terminal, a mere five minute walk away. The airport offers flights to 48 national and international destinations connecting with key international hubs at Heathrow, Amsterdam & Paris.
IMG_0088McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director, Mark Diamond, said:

“We have really enjoyed working with Dominvs Group on both these projects. Their clarity of vision and collaborative approach help explain our team’s remarkable delivery achievements. There are many similarities in the professionalism and family ethos of both Dominvs Group and McAleer & Rushe that mean that other future projects are likely to be equally successful.”

Dominvs Group acquired the site for the hotels in November 2013, as part of a planned expansion of strategically-located branded hotels in key UK cities.

McAleer & Rushe is also currently working on a 306-bedroom Holiday Inn at Aytoun Street for Dominvs Group in central Manchester, which is due to complete in March 2016.

For further information please contact: Robert Gibson at Grenadier on 0207 834 6263 / 07748 182 234


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.


McAleer & Rushe Complete Motel One For Endurance Land And Aberdeen Asset Management

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McAleer & Rushe completed the construction of a new hotel development at 24-26 Minories, London EC3 for Endurance Land and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM)

The property comprises a 16-storey 291-bedroom hotel, totalling 107,500 sq ft (9,955 sq m), let to affordable designer hotel operator Motel One. It is the brand’s first purpose built hotel to open in England.

The property, purchased in 2010 by Endurance Land and its funding partner AAM, was originally a six-story building let to Barclays Bank.

In August 2012 the Partnership was granted planning consent for the new hotel and, following demolition, construction started in May 2013.

Jonathan Fletcher, Founding Director of Endurance Land, said:

“Having acquired the building at the lower end of the cycle we have been able to obtain an excellent planning consent to create a first class building for a first class tenant. We are delighted with the completion of this exciting and innovative building.”

The development, designed by MacKay + Partners and built by McAleer & Rushe, utilised a number of intelligent building systems to help achieve a BREEAM excellent energy rating. These include the design of highly thermally efficient facades with just 35% glazing, heat recovery systems, and green roofs to help thermal efficiency and mitigate rainwater runoff.

The Minories Hotel site hit the national headlines when it was announced that archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) had discovered a pristine Roman sculpture of an eagle on the site. The sculpture which depicts an eagle in mortal combat with a writhing snake, in a graphic display of the battle between good and evil, has been on display at the Museum of London.

For further information please contact: Robert Gibson at Grenadier on 0207 834 6263 / 07748 182 234


McAleer & Rushe Completes Unique Shetland Hotel Which Was Shipped From Northern Ireland

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A unique modular hotel that was manufactured in Northern Ireland, then shipped from Warrenpoint and assembled by McAleer & Rushe in the Shetland Islands opened this week.

One hundred fully fitted bedrooms along with nine ancillary rooms and everything needed to build a restaurant, gym, reception made the journey from Warrenpoint in Co. Down to the Shetland village of Brae.

The bedroom modules were built in Warrenpoint by Sipfit and fully fitted out by McAleer & Rushe prior to shipping to the Shetland Islands for on-site assembly.

The 100-bedroom hotel is owned by BDL Shetland and will be primarily be used to accommodate workers at Total’s new gas plant at Sullom Voe.

An occupancy level of 100% will be guaranteed for the first year of operation, with a minimum of 80% occupancy in future years. Redefine BDL Hotels has a 10-year contract to operate the Moorfield.

Stuart McCaffer, chairman of BDL Shetland, described the hotel as an exciting development for the area.

“With the Shetland isles currently experiencing a boom, due to the discovery of new oil and gas fields, our link-up with Total will secure the hotel’s future for the long-term,” he said.

McAleer & Rushe completed the hotel ahead of schedule in under a year.

McAleer & Rushe construction director Martin Magee said:

“We are very proud of what we have achieved in Shetland. We were set a very demanding design-and-build challenge with the remote location. But I believe our innovative solution more than met the challenge, and could unlock a whole new stream of business for the company.”

To view the project details, click here.
For more information please contact: Robert Gibson at MJ2 on 07748 182234


McAleer & Rushe JV Sells Invest NI’s Headquarters

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The Northern Irish Government has acquired Invest Northern Ireland’s Belfast city centre headquarters through a sale of the shares of the holding company from Bedford Street Developments Ltd for close to the guide price of £40m.

Bedford Street Developments is a joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Dunloe Ewart.

The acquisition includes Invest Northern Ireland’s award winning headquarters and the adjacent Linum Chambers premises. Constructed in 2005 under a Public Private Partnership contract by McAleer & Rushe the assets consist of over 130,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and secure basement car parking for 95 spaces. To date it is the only office PFI contract to have been undertaken in Northern Ireland.

McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said:

“McAleer & Rushe is particularly proud of its role in delivering such a flagship development. The price achieved reflected not only the strong covenant and income stream but the acknowledged high specification and finish of the building which was reflected in the intense interest from a number of UK funds. This transaction is an exemplar of private and public bodies working well together. We enjoyed a very positive and supportive relationship with NAMA who were our banking partner on this particular transaction, and Invest Northern Ireland with whom we have developed a strong working relationship over the course of the project.”

Osborne King Commercial Property Advisors director Paul Henry who advised Bedford Street Developments said:

“The original PFI structure protected Invest NI from any potential development risk and ensured that it got a bespoke headquarters building delivered to its time-frame and budget by an expert developer. But once delivered the Government has been persuaded of the advantages of owning the building.”

The McAleer & Rushe joint venture has retained the adjoining site which has planning permission for a 225,000 sq ft office development.

ASM Chartered Accountants and law firm Pinsent Masons also advised Bedford Street Developments.