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.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards


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


Start of construction celebrated at Novotel Cambridge North

Developer Brookgate, contractor McAleer & Rushe and funder/operator AccorInvest have celebrated the start of work at their Cambridge North site today. A ground-breaking ceremony marked the significant milestone for the project that will bring over 60 full time jobs to the area, as well as providing many employment opportunities throughout the construction phase.

Located at Cambridge Square next to the station and due to open in Autumn 2020, the 217-bed Novotel will feature a restaurant, bar, gym, 10m swimming pool and conference facilities, providing much needed amenities around the station ahead of further development that will bring additional homes, shops and offices.

It is the first commercial building to start on site since the opening of Cambridge North station in May 2017 after many years in the planning.

Sven Topel, Chief Executive of Brookgate, said:

We’re delighted to celebrate the start of construction today. It’s a key step forward in the development of Cambridge North and the hotel will be a catalyst for bringing life, jobs and amenities to the area and encouraging further phases of the masterplan to progress.

Mark Elliott, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK, said:

We are very proud to be appointed as the main design & build partner on the first development to this exciting revitalisation masterplan of Cambridge North and this also marks an important milestone for us as our first project in the city. We look forward to working collaboratively with all partners involved including Brookgate and AccorInvest to deliver this high quality hotel project to the local community and visitors.

Olivier Daguzan, Chief Operating Officer at AccorInvest, said:

We’re excited to participate to this celebration which marks the start of the construction. This is a key milestone for this project, which is one of the first fully funded by AccorInvest since the official creation of the company in May 2018.


State-Of-The-Art Residences Tops Out In Bournemouth

Two New Student Developments Open for Viewings

Bournemouth, February 2019 – The Student Housing Company, which is bringing state-of-the-art student accommodation to Bournemouth for the 2019/20 academic year, held a topping out ceremony at Bailey Point on Wednesday 20th February with the Design & Build Partner, McAleer & Rushe, marking the completion of the superstructures for its two new projects in the city.

Nick Richards, Global Student Accommodation and Dominic Trainor, McAleer & Rushe

The event, which was attended by representatives from Bournemouth University, the multi award-winning student accommodation provider, and McAleer & Rushe, also marked the opening of show flats for both
Belaton House and Bailey Point.

The two developments will bring 950 additional student rooms to Bournemouth, situated in prime locations with excellent transport links to Bournemouth University, Bournemouth Arts University and local amenities. A brand-new concept for Bournemouth, the residences are designed to meet needs of the modern student, providing unrivalled amenities including games rooms, communal study and cinema rooms. It is hoped that through the implementation of The Student Housing Company’s award-winning Student Wellbeing Strategy, the bespoke residences will provide outstanding student communities for the city.

Dominic Trainor, M&R | Aaron Bailey, GSA | Nick Richards, GSA | Martin Magee, M&R | James Childs, GSA | Ricardo Griffiths, GSA

Belaton House, Holdenhurst Road
Constructed on land which was underutilised and included a retail store, the £23m Belaton House will provide 403 bedrooms, in a combination of three to eight bed apartments, ‘twodios’ and studios. The site will also feature several shared common areas, including a gym, cinema room and study spaces.

Bailey Point, Lansdowne Road
Upon completion, the £31m Bailey Point will be a landmark high-rise building on a site previously occupied by a Bournemouth University building and car park. The development will house 550 students in a combination of four to eight bed apartments and studios. As part of the works, highway improvements are also being undertaken. The residence already has a nominations agreement in place with Bournemouth University.

Richard Brenner, Operations Director at The Student Housing Company, said:

We’re incredibly excited to be entering this thriving student city. We firmly believe that our student accommodation can make a real difference to students living here, while freeing up housing stock for the local community. Integrating within communities is extremely important to us and we can’t wait to start showing prospective students around both developments!

Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in the construction of both Bailey Point and Belaton House. The trust and collaborative approach grown and inhibited in our relationship with both GSA and The Student Housing Company will ensure the successful delivery of two high-quality purpose-built student accommodation developments for students to avail later this year. Our teams on both sites are proud of the opportunities they have been able to engage with the local community, schools and charities in the Bournemouth area and look forward to reaching out further.

The Student Housing Company strives to provide students with the confidence to expect the highest quality accommodation and service. At Bailey Point and Belaton House students’ financial worries are 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 is also on hand 24/7 to help students thrive and make the most of student life in Bournemouth.

For further information and to book a show flat tour at either Bailey Point or Belaton House, visit The Student Housing Company’s website.


The Sixth – Belfast City Council’s first Joint Venture given green light.

Plans for The Sixth, a £75m redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building, have been approved by Belfast City Council’s planning committee.

The mixed-use scheme at the bottom of Royal Avenue includes 230,000 square feet of creative workspace, alongside ‘active’ ground floor uses such as cafes, restaurants and retail and a roof-top running track. The plans were prepared by Bel Tel LLP, a first of its kind joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Belfast City Council.

The plans were approved by the Council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening (19 February).

Highlighting the impact of The Sixth on the redevelopment of the city, Councillor Matt Garrett, chair of Belfast City Council’s planning committee, said:

The Sixth occupies a strategic location on Royal Avenue that will be a catalyst for further regeneration, bringing a historic heritage building back into use as a forward-thinking workspace for creative businesses.

The scheme has been specifically designed to respect the existing built heritage in this part of the city, which is set to be further transformed over the next two to three years, and The Sixth will build on the momentum already generated by the Ulster University investment.

On behalf of Bel Tel LLP Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council said:

The aim of this joint venture is a strategic investment in the city, delivering workspace of a world class scale and quality for local or international occupiers seeking accommodation in the city core.

Council has a particular focus on wellness and well being within the Belfast Agenda, and the inclusion of a roof-top running track as part of this development, highlights the evolving nature and role of workspace in the city centre.

By planning for the future, The Sixth will create real estate that better reflects how and where we work, whilst also bringing back into life a building of significance to our city and media’s commercial heritage.

The Sixth

Also speaking on behalf of the joint venture, Stephen Surphlis, Property Director McAleer & Rushe, added to her comments:

We are extremely pleased that councillors have supported our plans, and have supported the officer’s recommendation to approve our application. We look forward to progressing the development as quickly as funding is in place to deliver the project

As the first joint venture of its kind Bel Tel LLP assembled an experienced team to bring forward proposals that underlined a balance between the heritage of the listed building and the future regeneration of this part of the city.

They have been informed by productive discussion and constructive feedback from Belfast City Council Planners, Historic Environment Division and other statutory consultees over the past 12 months.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the Sixth will create accommodation for 2,000 high value jobs as part of an emerging creative district. In addition to AHMM the supporting project team includes national planning and development consultancy Turley, Sort Design and commercial agents CBRE and Lisney.
A short video has been released by the joint venture partnership highlighting the Sixth, which will be shown at property and development conference MIPIM in Cannes next month.


Planning Permission Secured for Two Four Star Maldron Hotels

Dalata to operate 630 bedrooms across Birmingham and Glasgow

Northern Ireland based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has announced that it has just secured planning permission to develop two multi-million-pound hotels located in Birmingham and Glasgow City Centre, representing an investment of c. £85 million.

Combined, the two hotels will deliver a total of 630 bedrooms and will be operated by Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group (“Dalata”), under its four-star Maldron brand. McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd are scheduled to commence construction on both hotels this summer, with practical completion anticipated within two years.

Renfrew St, Glasgow
Renfrew St, Glasgow

Maldron Hotel Glasgow
The 300-bed 4 star hotel in Glasgow, the first Maldron Hotel for Dalata in Scotland, will be located on Renfrew St, close to Buchannan St and employ c. 100 staff. It forms part of a wider masterplan by McAleer & Rushe to include c. 100,000 sq.ft of Grade A offices.

Gough St, Birmingham
Gough St, Birmingham

Maldron Hotel Birmingham
The 330-bed Maldron Hotel in Birmingham is prominently located in the city centre 5 minutes walk from New Street Station and will be delivered in advance of 2022 Common Wealth Games, employing up to 105 staff. The development which is regenerating a derelict site, will feature a business centre, ground floor bar and restaurant with guest rooms arranged over 10 uppers floors.

Commenting Stephen Surphlis, Property Director, McAleer & Rushe said;

The development of the two new Maldron Hotels are very exciting initiatives for both cities with the projects strategically located, catering for both business and leisure users.

Glasgow has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK and Birmingham continues to secure a range of inward investment projects, with the opening of the HS2 high speed rail network in 2026.

We’ve been encouraged by the support shown by both Local Authorities in processing the applications in a professional and timely manner allowing construction works to commence in the coming months and we look forward to working with in partnership with Dalata once again.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO, Dalata Hotel Group commented:

We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for these two prime sites in Birmingham and Glasgow that will deliver 630 rooms across both cities and supports our goal to become the leading 4-star operator in 20 target cities across the UK.

This will be our first Maldron Hotel in Birmingham, where we currently operate a 174 bedroom Clayton hotel. In addition to the Maldron Glasgow, we will deliver a 4-star 294 bedroom Clayton hotel in Glasgow in early 2021.

We look forward to working with McAleer and Rushe on these developments, who have proved to be an excellent partner on previous projects.


McAleer & Rushe appointed on £82m significant Paddington Hotel development

Northern Ireland based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has announced that construction has commenced on a new 620 room hotel and hybrid aparthotel development in Paddington, London with a contract value worth c.£82 million.

Led by developer Concierge 3, a consortium of BSW Land & Property, Staycity and The Pickstock Group, the scheme is the final stage of the Paddington Basin Masterplan and part of a wider investment which has seen new offices, shops, homes and leisure facilities being built over the last number of years revitalising this unique location. The project will create both short- and long-term jobs and with the upcoming launch of the Elizabeth Line will further support the economic regeneration as Paddington continues to grow as a hub for business users as well as leisure visitors to the City.

The new development is expected to open late Summer 2021 and will be constructed on an existing two-storey basement and feature a 373-bed Premier Inn and a 247-bed Staycity aparthotel across 19 floors. The development will also deliver 27,000-square-feet of social and community floorspace.

Commenting on the development Emmett McGinley, Commercial Director, McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK said;

We are looking forward to working as development partners with Concierge 3 and all shareholders in delivering this exciting project within the wider Paddington regeneration masterplan. Our experience in delivering high quality mixed-use buildings will ensure this project is a real success and is currently our second major development in Paddington Basin.

Rabeea Shamsi CEO of BSW Land and Property, spokesperson for Concierge 3 Ltd. Said;

This exciting development will make a major contribution to the regeneration of Paddington and it also bears testament to London’s buoyant and resilient hospitality market. We will be working closely with McAleer & Rushe throughout the project and look forward to seeing this investment come to life on site.

This contract award further solidifies McAleer & Rushe’s position as one of the leading contractors in the Hotel sector which has seen them deliver over 24,000 hotel bedrooms in key cities across the UK and Ireland. The Company has successfully worked with leading developers in recent years to expand their presence in the Residential and Student Accommodation markets.


McAleer & Rushe sells The Brinell Building, Brighton to Orchard Street for £39 million

Developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has exchanged contracts to sell the Brinell Building in Brighton. The company is selling the speculative office development for £39 million, reflecting a yield of 4.75%, to Orchard Street Investment Management, who has purchased it on behalf of St James’s Place Property Unit Trust.

The Brinell Building is due to complete in Q2 2019 and will comprise 65,253 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation across seven floors. The development is fully pre-let to three tenants, Unity Technologies, Diversified and Dehns, which will all relocate from within Brighton city centre. The Brinell Building achieved record rents for the city with each pre-let transaction, topping out at £32.00 per sq ft, with all of the leases agreed for a minimum of 10 years.

Angus Monteith, Property Development Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

We are delighted to have exchanged contracts on the Brinell Building, which has proved extremely popular to both occupiers and investors. The fact that it has been entirely pre-let eight months before completion illustrates not only the quality of the property itself but also of the wider Brighton office market, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Tom Chadwick, Partner at Orchard Street, added:

The Brinell Building is a prime addition to the portfolio and upon completion of the development the property will present a fantastic Grade-A office. We are very confident in the prospects for the Brighton office market given the extremely favourably supply demand conditions as illustrated by the 100% pre-let nature of the building.

Knight Frank acted jointly with Steerforth Partners for McAleer & Rushe and JLL acted for Orchard Street Investment Management.


Deloitte Announces Plans For New Head Office In Belfast

Heads of terms signed to become anchor tenant in new Bedford Square Development, which includes the historic Ewart Warehouse
New offices will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 Deloitte people
Deloitte expected to move in to offices in 2021

Deloitte announced today that it has selected Bedford Square as the location of its new head office in Northern Ireland.

Bedford Square Development

Deloitte will become the anchor tenant in McAleer & Rushe’s new development on Bedford Street, which is centred around the regeneration and refurbishment of the historic listed building formerly known as the Ewart Building.

Staff currently based at Deloitte’s other offices in the city will all move to Bedford Square and once completed the Belfast office will be Deloitte’s largest UK office by headcount outside of London.

Bedford Square, an £85m development project, is a 213,000 sq ft office development to be delivered by McAleer & Rushe which will accommodate over 2,000 people upon completion. It includes a modern new office building which will be linked to the refurbished and extended Ewart building on Bedford Street, a prime city centre location which has been unoccupied for some time.

The new Belfast office will accommodate all of Deloitte’s core business areas, including audit, tax and consulting and will also see a new state-of-the-art Deloitte Digital and Greenhouse space created in the Ewart building.

The vacant four-storey sandstone warehouse building was designed by James Hamilton for the Bedford Street Weaving Company and completed in 1870. The new development aims to regenerate the old warehouse building, respecting its heritage and the character of the exterior, while completely redesigning the interior.

Jackie Henry, senior partner at Deloitte in Belfast, said:

After a long selection process we are delighted to be able to announce the choice of Bedford Square as our new home in Belfast.

It is a symbol of Deloitte’s commitment to this city that we have chosen a development which will breathe life back into one of Belfast’s beautiful but neglected heritage buildings, contributing to the regeneration of the city centre while at the same time delivering an exciting and flexible modern work environment for our increasingly diverse and connected workforce.

She added: Deloitte’s operations have been growing rapidly over the past few years, driven by increased requirements for our services across traditional areas such as tax, audit and consulting, but also our wider expertise in exciting new areas such as digital analytics, cloud services, cyber security and robotics.

This new office will bring Deloitte’s expertise in Belfast together under one roof, which will foster even greater collaboration between teams and enable us to create a campus environment that is ideally suited to the agile and augmented jobs of the future.

This significant investment reflects our confidence in Belfast and its high-quality talent base. Based on our current growth projections we expect to have 1,000 staff in Belfast by 2022 and given that growth trajectory we have also made sure we have the option to increase the space to accommodate up to 1,250.

Deloitte will be taking up to 100,000 sq ft of space within the Bedford Square development.

Stephen Surphlis, Property Director in McAleer & Rushe said:

Securing Deloitte’s commitment is a significant milestone in the delivery of this strategic development which will bring economic activity to the heart of the City and surrounding local businesses.

We have already commenced works and upon completion the building will provide much needed grade A office accommodation for international and indigenous companies within Belfast’s prime office district.

The development will include comprehensive refurbishment and restoration of the iconic Ewart Building, returning it to its original splendour and giving Deloitte a high-quality office environment in this unique 150-year-old heritage building.

Deloitte supports our vision for the project and the contribution it will make to the Linen Quarter and the wider city and we are looking forward to working closely with them to develop their new headquarters.

The project will also aim to obtain the BREEAM excellent rating for sustainability.

Deloitte was advised on the transaction by Cushman & Wakefield, Belfast.


Topping out marks a major student accommodation project in Liverpool

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.

(L-R) Dominic Trainor of McAleer & Rushe and Gary McIlwraith of Unite Students

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 and Unite Students

Commenting Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director, McAleer & Rushe, said, 

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.

McAleer & Rushe Project Team

Commenting Gary McIlwraith, Development Manager, Unite Students, said

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.


The Brinell Building, Brighton, is fully pre-let as Unity Technologies signs-up

  • Record rent achieved for Brighton
  • 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.”

Jack Riley, Associate, National Offices Knight Frank, said:

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.

Emma Lockey, Associate at CBRE, said:

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.

Knight Frank acted jointly with SHW for McAleer & Rushe and CBRE acted for Unity Technologies.


Edinburgh’s New Waverley Marks ‘Topping Out’ of New UK Government Hub

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,

Speaking at the Topping Out ceremony, Neil Richardson, Commercial Director, Government Property Agency said:

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.

Julie McHugh, Edinburgh Regional Implementation Lead, HMRC spokesperson added:

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.

For more information about the progress at New Waverley, visit www.newwaverley.com