MRP ‘Top Out’ on UK’s Largest Ever Single Asset Student Funding Deal

Developer MRP has announced a major forward funding deal with AIG Global Real Estate worth around £100 million for the development of ‘Onyx’ a landmark student accommodation project, at Lancaster Circus, in Birmingham City Centre.

The announcement was celebrated today at the Topping Out ceremony attended by representatives from AIG Global Real Estate, CBRE and the design and consultant teams.

MRP secured planning consent in March 2018 and McAleer & Rushe, the Design & Build Construction partner of MRP, commenced site preparation works in May of the same year. The 1,025 bed ‘Onyx’ development is due for completion in Summer 2020 and will provide a dramatic new addition to the City’s skyline. The development is located on New Town Road, adjacent to Aston and Birmingham City Universities and is within walking distance of key landmarks including the Bullring, New Street Station and a number of leisure amenities. Residents of the Onyx will benefit from best in class facilities with extensive shared spaces including health and fitness facilities, a private landscaped courtyard with a student amphitheatre and two large landscaped roof terraces with a sky lounge on the 24th floor offering exceptional views over Birmingham.

MRP and McAleer & Rushe are amongst the UK’s most recognisable developers and contractors in the student accommodation sector and they have completed c. 7,000 beds with a further 3,500 beds for completion by 2022.

Commenting on the project, Graham Mitchell, Development Director at MRP said

“The Onyx represents a significant landmark project which sets new benchmarks, offering a combination of features including height, landscaping, specification and scale not previously seen in the City. The completed building will be synonymous with the highest levels of attention to detail, providing a cutting-edge, bold and confident design, based on sound market analysis, culminating in the exceptional occupier experience for which MRP and McAleer & Rushe have become known. We are delighted to have concluded forward funding contracts with such a high-profile investor as AIG Global Real Estate for this prominent building and look forward to the opening in summer 2020.”

CBRE acted on behalf of MRP and Oli Buckland, CBRE , added,

“This announcement is testament to the strength and credibility of the delivery team, along with the fundamentals of the physical scheme, that even in the uncertainty of the current economic climate, CBRE have been able to help secure a sale of this kind to an institutional forward funding partner in AIG Global Real Estate.”

Having celebrated 50 years in business in 2017, MRP has successfully completed in excess of £1.3bn worth of commercial property developments. Its current development programme is valued at £250m with a future pipeline of schemes with a combined GDV of approximately £1.25bn.

Quintain and McAleer & Rushe complete Phase 1 of major Wembley Park development

Quintain and McAleer & Rushe complete 188 new Build to Rent homes at Wembley Park.
• Project completed to budget and five weeks ahead of schedule.
• The project focused on sustainability with all homes achieving EI rating A and winning two CCS awards; 2018 Bronze and 2019 Silver.

Quintain and McAleer & Rushe have completed 188 new Build to Rent homes which form the first phase of South West Lands, and the newest residential building at Wembley Park known as Ferrum.

McAleer & Rushe won the contract through the Wembley Park construction framework, and the completion of this building marks their second project to be delivered through the framework. Their third project – Phase 2 of Ferrum – is already underway which will see an additional 553 rental homes built at Wembley Park, all to be managed by Quintain’s lifestyle-focussed rental management company, Tipi.

McAleer & Rushe completed Phase 1 of Ferrum to budget and five weeks ahead of schedule. The construction programme delivered a reinforced concrete framed 188-unit residential block of up to 18-storeys, with a 3-storey link building and new retail units facing onto Station Square. The building has a handcrafted feel from using approximately 350,000 bricks and standing seam metal cladding. Completing 660,000 working hours since January 2017, the programme saw a peak of 220 operatives on site. All 10 apprentices and an average of 40% of the workforce were from the local area, the London Borough of Brent.

Ferrum is designed by award-winning architects JTP and is inspired by old New York warehouses and loft-style living. The social spaces, amenities and homes feature exposed ceilings, copper pipework and traditional brickwork. The homes range from studios to three bedrooms and will all be managed by Tipi. The link building, which will connect Phases 1 and 2, houses the amenities for residents including a fully functional gym with climbing wall, a huge resident lounge, home-working rooms, a library, a laptop bar overlooking the atrium, a rooftop garden with panoramic views and south-facing podium gardens.

Matt Voyce, Executive Director of Construction at Quintain said;

“The first building at South West Lands is our most exciting yet and I’m delighted it has been completed to budget and five weeks ahead of schedule thanks to our outstanding partner, McAleer & Rushe. Phase 2 is now well under way and on schedule for completion in 2020. We look forward to continuing the transformation of Wembley Park by delivering thousands more homes, retail and office space and continuing on our strong relationship with McAleer & Rushe through our construction framework.”

Darragh Greenan, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe commented;

“I am extremely proud of the whole McAleer & Rushe team to have successfully completed Phase 1 of South West Lands ahead of programme and on budget as part of the transformation of Wembley Park. This is down to the strong and collaborative relationship we have with Quintain and the dedicated supply chain that have supported the construction of this development. The strong framework we have built will see us through to another fantastic handover of Phase 2 in 2020, for a further 553 new homes.”

The construction and design of Phase 1 focused strongly on sustainability. Covered with green roofs, the layout and block orientation of the building take advantage of natural daylight, sunlight and wind movement maximising comfort and minimising energy demand. All 188 homes achieved the highest score for the Environmental Impact rating (A) and received very energy efficient EPC ratings, scoring in the B range. Electric vehicle charging points are provided for 20% of residential parking spaces and provision for a further 10% of spaces. During construction, there was a high standard of environmental management with onsite waste segregation and 99% of construction waste being recycled. Phase 1 also won two CCS awards; 2018 Bronze and 2019 Silver.

McAleer & Rushe topped out Phase 2 of Ferrum, their third contract at Wembley Park, in May. The second phase of the project is set to deliver a further 553 new homes across three blocks of up to 17-storeys. There are 40 subcontractors within the supply chain and, of the 450 operatives currently on site, 170 are from the local area. The project has also provided 19 apprenticeship opportunities with 13 of those awarded to local people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Declan McLogan, SHEQ Director at McAleer & Rushe said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit

International Women’s Day 2019

Name: Brenda Quinn

Job title:  Property Finance Director

No. of years in the industry: 13 years


1. What does your role involve and what are the most rewarding aspects?

My role is very broad – it ranges from overseeing the entire Property Finance department to financing new & existing opportunities to tax planning to designing and delivering key reports to shareholders and everything in between.

I love being a key part in projects from inception to the final outcome. My passion is about a lot more than numbers. It’s about the why & the impact on the longer-term vision of the Group. I’m a solutions orientated person and so when all of that is in the mix, that’s when I’m at my best and that’s when work’s not work.

2. Have you had to overcome any challenges?

Has anyone not had to overcome challenges? 

For me, starting out my career as a young single parent presented many hurdles. Being female didn’t help.  I don’t think I fully understood what was happening at the time (I thought it was just me) but with hindsight, I realise that I’ve fully earned any stripes I have.

I remember at one point in particular, when I was ready to quit (something that is not in my nature) – only for my Mum, I would have, as I couldn’t see how I was ever going to make it. I was also my own worst enemy at times; in that I lacked self-belief and believe that anything less than 100% is not good enough. 

Some might say, that I’ve overcome the former hurdle! But in all seriousness, that took a lot of inward assessment and discussion with those I hold closest to me.  And still does to be fair.

3. What was your entry route into this career?

I had decided whilst choosing A-level subjects that I’d be going down the Chartered Accountant route, so it was the usual Accountancy degree, followed by ICAI training & qualification with BDO Stoy Hayward in Belfast.  I always knew I wanted to be in industry rather than practice, but in those days to be Chartered you had to train in practice. A year’s secondment to an engineering company during my training cemented that train of thought.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self before joining the industry?

Very simply, believe in your own ability.  And don’t be afraid to say that you are doing well to those who need to hear it.  No need to boast but do get your point across. Also, don’t take criticism so personally! And speak up – being inquisitive and challenging and providing a different point of view is what makes businesses innovative.

5. How can we encourage more women into your area of expertise?

In accountancy, there are a lot of women joining the ranks. That’s been the case even when I qualified 18 odd years ago.  The problem is when it comes to career progression.  We are still in a male dominated environment for various reasons. But I believe that this is changing – you only have to look around to see women in influential positions.

Progressive organisations are making step changes to adapt to major shifts in working patterns.  It’s not all about women either.  We see our new generations with different expectations than what we had and if we want to attract and retain brilliant people, we must get with the programme.

My advice to women is to put yourself out there. Now is the time for change.

Don’t wait for success as you define it, to just happen. Go get it.  Don’t be afraid to fail but learn from those failures.  Don’t focus on what you can’t do but rather on what you can do.  We gain experience within & out of our working lives – women have such strength, determination and compassion – that is a deadly combination – use it!

Market research tells us that with the advent of new technology, our jobs are changing, with an emphasis on softer skills replacing the more traditional type work – this presents opportunity and I would encourage women to be ready for opportunity.

Find or be a mentor, if you can. It helps to be able to talk through ideas & concerns with someone with experience; so you know you or they are on the right path or just to obtain a different perspective.  There are initiatives in NI & beyond that are targeted to giving women insight & networks into business that may otherwise not happen – though I believe that long term we should aim for such initiatives to be gender-less; for now, they have a worthwhile purpose.

6. What other aspects need to be addressed and improved?

Equality of pay.  

Striking the right balance – we’re teetering on the brink of major change for women and about time, but we need to be careful that we don’t dis-empower women too – we can fight a lot of our own battles and don’t always need every comment made result in public condemnation and demanded changes to legislation. 

The good work being done just gets lost in the minute.  Work environments become sterile and everyone’s afraid to speak in case it doesn’t come out right – and ultimately that leads to a loss of innovation & productivity in the workplace.

Networking – the old boys network unfortunately is still alive – this presents a real obstacle to women in business.

7. Would positive discrimination address the above?

Honestly, I don’t think so.  

Nothing would be worse for my sense of accomplishment to think that I only got to where I did because the numbers had to be made up. Ultimately soul destroying.  

I think that those in the driving seats now (who are mostly men) need to take note of the changing times and get ahead of the game.  Most men I know, strongly feel that we should all be on a level playing field.  The challenge is showing businesses how that is achieved and measuring the long-term benefits to the business v the short-term cost of changing who, where & when our workforce works. Technological advances have already paved the way for this – with flexible working (being able to work at any hour of the day or night to achieve set targets) and remote working being already possible and a reality. 

Name: Jordan Daly

Job title:  Aftercare Liaison Officer

No. of years in the industry: 6 years


1. What do you like about working on site?
I love working on site because every day is different, you get to widen your knowledge and get a feel for things first hand. I personally think I have learned a lot more on the practical side and seeing a job through from start to end is always an achievement.
2. What was your entry route into the industry?
I was pretty lucky, I never studied construction. Once I left school, I went to 6th form and studied business, shortly after I didn’t think it was for me, so I left and did part time jobs here and there. A friend made me aware that there was a position in her workplace, a building maintenance company, which I applied for and got the job and went straight into an RLO position for a social housing contract. I started with all the basic calls, arranging labour etc and then a couple years later went on to managing a team of admin and going on to site for both electrical & building purposes which included meeting the surveyors and quoting for the works using SORS and managing the invoicing. I worked on the electrical contract for 4 years, until we won a new contractor for the building which I was offered the opportunity to co-ordinate along with the contract’s manager.
3. Have you had to overcome any challenges?
Thankfully, I have not yet experienced any major challenges but if I had to note down any, it would be the fear of not knowing the right answers. When you are first placed on site with 10 different contractors it can feel very overwhelming, especially when contractors are asking you things that you are not 100% confident on. I feel like I have had to widen my knowledge and experience to get by whilst working on site which I am now in a position to say I am working comfortably.
4. How can the construction industry be more attractive to women?
Personally, I believe that the attitude to women working in the construction industry has changed massively over the years. Construction is still a male dominating business, however as the years go on there has been an increase of female roles across construction sites which I think all companies need to publicise more of. For example, job adverts with women trades instead of males; articles of women talking about the industry on a weekly basis – show off and promote the women who are doing well within the industry.
All companies should actively promote women across platforms; social media is one of the greatest mediums for promoting awareness. Women are often hesitant of being on site, because of the image perceived of the working men and until working on a site do they understand this is not always the case but to combat this misconception we need the media to allow another image to be created to then connect better with the general public.
5. With the industry insight you now have, what advice would you give to another female considering of entering into the sector?
It is not as scary as it looks, if construction is something you would like to get in to, don’t be afraid to do so. There are loads of opportunities and chances for women to be just as successful within the construction industry if you are willing to work hard enough for it.

Name: Catherine Winters

Job title:  SHEQ Officer 

No. of years in the industry: 1.5 years


1. What do you like about working on site?
Every day is different. Working on site is great and you really feel like part of a big family!
2. What was your entry route into the industry?
I studied BSc Hons Environmental Health at University of Ulster. I carried out a placement year with Johnson and Johnson in 2015 as an Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator. I graduated in 2017 and found myself job hunting in Belfast.
And that’s where I fell into construction – I started off as a Graduate SHEQ Officer where I completed my NEBOSH General and Construction Certificate with Lagan Construction. I joined McAleer & Rushe in May 2018 as a SHEQ Officer working in Bournemouth.
3. How can the construction industry be more attractive to women?
Until I was working within the construction industry, I knew very little about it. More education in secondary schools promoting industry trades and management roles to both young men and women would be helpful.
4. Have you had to overcome any challenges?
A few… however my confidence has grown tenfold in the last year!
5. With the industry insight you now have, what advice would you give to another female considering of entering into the sector?
The construction industry is going in the right direction – it still has a long way to go to get more young females on board but do not let that put you off! Go for it – you won’t regret it!

Name: Suzanne McCabe

Job title:  Project Manager

No. of years in the industry: 6 years


1. What does your role involve and what are the most rewarding aspects?
My role involves the co-ordination between all the stakeholders in a project from the client through to the operatives on site to ensure that the project is delivered on time, on budget and to a high quality. Most importantly though it is to ensure that the Health & Safety is not compromised whilst trying to achieve these factors.
2. Have you had to overcome any challenges?
No matter who you are or what career you pick you will face challenges along the way. Challenges can arise on any given day and you just have to keep calm and come up with a practical solution.
My biggest challenge was having to travel as I have a young child but thankfully with the support from my family and McAleer & Rushe, I am able to balance travelling for work and family life.
3. What was your entry route into this career?

Following my GSCE’s, I completed my A Levels in Technology and Design, Politics, ICT and a BTEC in Construction. I then went on to do a Degree in Construction, Engineering and Management in the University of Ulster. I started my career as a junior estimator which gave me a solid understanding of contracts and commercials. I then moved from estimating into site engineering to give me the practical knowledge and understanding of the challenges involved in delivering a project on site.

Combining the commercial background with this practical experience then gave me a great foundation to begin my career in the field of project management.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self before joining the industry?
The advice I would give my younger self or any young person going into the industry is most importantly surround yourself with people you can learn from and take in all they have to teach you, this can come from the Director of a company to an operative on site. Everyone has knowledge that can benefit you along the way. Also keep striving for what you want to achieve and don’t let obstacles take your focus away from achieving your goals.
5. How can we encourage more women into your area of expertise?
I think the construction industry as a whole is a great area of expertise to get involved in as a woman. The variety of roles and opportunities are endless, and I think it is important that young people are aware of this from an early age. I think the industry is sometimes perceived as an outdoor career which some people find very off putting, but in a large percentage of construction careers this is not the case and I think the education around all the possible career paths within the industry is key to increase the number of females.

Name: Eimear Doyle

Job title:  PSenior Site Engineer

No. of years in the industry: 7 years


1. What was your entry route into the industry?
I decided to do construction engineering because I really loved Maths at school and wanted to have a job where I could use my skills but not be in an office all day. I saw the course at the University of Ulster, was impressed with the different areas I would be studying and once I saw the potential career opportunities in the industry, I decided to go for it. No regrets!
2. What do you like about working on site?
As cliché as it sounds, every day is different, and I love that. I like the team work, the family atmosphere on site and how we all get to know each other so well. The work can be tough at times; being part of the Site Management team is not always easy, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions and deal with difficult people, as with any job, but it’s very rewarding and I embrace the challenge.
I get a lot of satisfaction seeing a project from start to finish, and I like problem solving too. On site you can be creative to find solutions, for example, when I organised the pontoon walkway for local residents when their path had to be closed. That was great because I could see something I had worked on have a positive impact on the community.
3. Have you ever had any challenges to overcome?
In terms of being a woman on site? I have only ever had one negative experience, and that was in my previous job at another company. Apart from that, I have never had an issue. I think in fact, being a girl on site – you get more respect from the general workforce and they listen to you more.
In terms of my job – there are challenges every day, but I like them!
4. How can the construction industry become more attractive to women?
First of all, I don’t think many people, who aren’t in the industry, know much about the industry in general and sites which have a poor image to the public just don’t help. There is a misconception that sites are a grubby man’s world. I think this massively puts women off.
PPE that is generally on offer on sites are all very designed towards men and is too big or the wrong shape for women – when in fact, there are women’s PPE available.
Also, in Construction – there are so many different types of jobs that women aren’t aware of; from events management, to sustainability, and project management. I think continuing to promote a positive image of the industry and showcasing success stories will undoubtedly encourage more women to join.
5. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to join the industry?
The only advice I have is to go for it, be open minded, creative and work hard, because the rewards are great. There are fantastic career opportunities in Construction. It’s varied and diverse, you meet so many different people, learn about leadership and team management, and get so much satisfaction and pride in your work.
I hope through my own achievements thus far in my career I can aspire other young females to work within the construction industry and break down the stereotype that it’s a male career choice.

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.