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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has announced that it has signed an Agreement for Lease with the Dalata Hotel Group Plc to deliver a new 330 bed, four-star Maldron Hotel in Birmingham City Centre.
This scheme represents another significant project in the long-standing partnership between the two companies which has seen McAleer & Rushe deliver numerous hotels across the UK and Ireland for the leading hotel operator. The most recent of these include the 237 bed Maldron Hotel in Belfast which opened for trading in March 2018 ahead of program and a 265 bed Maldron Hotel Newcastle Upon Tyne scheduled to open in Q1 2019.
The new c.£40 million Birmingham project by McAleer & Rushe, is strategically located on a prominent site fronting onto Queensway and is a five-minute walk from New Street Train Station. Nearby landmarks include Beetham Tower, one of Europe’s largest mixed-use buildings, the Mailbox and the Bullring Birmingham’s premier shopping destination.
The hotel, which is subject to planning approval, is scheduled to be delivered by Q1 2021 and is expected to create 100 full time and part time jobs, once completed. It will be the Dalata Hotel Group’s second hotel in Birmingham following its successful acquisition of the Hotel La Tour in 2017 which now operates under the contemporary Clayton brand.
Commenting on the announcement Stephen Surphlis, Property Director, McAleer & Rushe said:
The new Maldron hotel is a significant project that will enhance Birmingham’s continued development and add to the regeneration within the City. With a large economy and major projects in close proximity including the new HMRC Regional Hub, HSBC’s Headquarters and the pending HS2 high speed rail network linking to London we are confident that our investment in the City will make an important contribution to the economy and provide a modern hotel offering for business users as well as leisure visitors.
Having delivered a range of projects for the Dalata Group across the UK and Ireland we are looking forward to partnering with them, once again, to deliver this exciting new hotel scheme.
”We are very excited by securing this excellent opportunity. Birmingham is a very attractive hotel location and ensures that we continue to grow our development pipeline in the UK as per our growth strategy. We will work closely with McAleer & Rushe through the development phase and look forward to introducing the Maldron brand to Birmingham.”
McAleer & Rushe are expecting to submit a planning application to Birmingham City in Q3 2018. Dalata Hotel Group will enter into a 35 year lease on completion of the hotel, subject to five year reviews and linked to Retail Price Index.
The £130m contract for second phase of South West Lands is on top of the £55m already awarded to McAleer & Rushe for Ph 1. Contract will see 553 new homes, including 114 affordable homes delivered. McAleer & Rushe also on site delivering Premier Inn taking contract value at Wembley Park to £212m.
Quintain has awarded McAleer & Rushe a major construction contract to deliver 553 new homes at Wembley Park. The £130m contract will see the delivery of the second phase of the South West Lands development, following the successful award of the first phase of works, worth £55m, which is due for completion by the contractor in Q3 2019.
Of the 553 new homes, 114 will be affordable, split between affordable rent and shared ownership. The remaining 439 will be rental homes managed by Quintain’s wholly owned build to rent operator, Tipi. Residents of South West Lands will benefit from a centralised ‘hub’ building – located only nine minutes by train from London Marylebone, as well as an onsite gym, library, resident’s lounge and concierge service leading out to a podium garden.
We are delighted to award this £130m contract to McAleer & Rushe who are doing an excellent job on the first phase of South West Lands. The award of this contract, which will deliver over 550 new homes, marks another important step in the delivery of Wembley Park as we continue its transformation into the UK’s most exciting mixed-use destination.
Eamonn Laverty, Chief Executive of McAleer & Rushe said:
Marking our largest contract to date, we are delighted to be here today celebrating the signing of the £130m deal for the second phase of South West Lands. This is our third contract with Quintain since 2016 and the project cements our partnership with them as a trusted member of their Main Contractors framework. The signing reinforces our position as one of the leading design and build contractors in the High End Residential and Private Rented Sector and we look forward to further involvement in the wider Wembley Park masterplan.
This news follows the announcement, made last year, that Quintain and Network Homes will be delivering an additional 252 new affordable homes at Wembley Park.
McAleer & Rushe has just announced that they have signed an Agreement for Lease with the Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel chain, to deliver a new four-star Maldron Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
The proposed c. 250 bed hotel, with bar, restaurant and business conferencing facilities will be centrally located on Renfrew St, close to the main shopping district on Sauchiehall Street and is adjacent to the Theatre Royal and a short distance from Buchanan Bus Station.
The c. £30 million project by McAleer & Rushe, which is subject to planning approval from Glasgow City Council, is projected to be delivered by mid-2020, representing Dalata’s first Maldron hotel in Scotland. Once construction is completed, Dalata will operate the hotel under a 35-year lease, subject to five-year rent reviews linked to the Retail Price Index.
According to Stephen Surphlis, Property Director, McAleer & Rushe, the hotel’s strategic positioning on Renfrew St will support Glasgow’s growing economy, positively contributing towards the surrounding urban environment and create construction as well as indirect employment. Commenting he said;
The announcement of our latest lease deal with Dalata represents the growing confidence in key regional UK cities for hotel operators, particularly in Scotland. This major new four-star Maldron Hotel will be an exciting addition to this dynamic consumer and business hub.
Working with the Dalata Group we are developing a number of hotel projects across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to partnering with them once again on this new project.
We are delighted to have entered into an agreement to lease a newly constructed Maldron Hotel in Glasgow. We have a very strong relationship with McAleer & Rushe who are currently building our new hotels in Belfast, Newcastle and Charlemont, Dublin. Today’s announcement brings the number of UK hotels in our development pipeline to 5 with a total of circa 1,350 rooms.
The six-storey hotel due to be completed in March 2019 by McAleer & Rushe is let on a 35-year FRI lease to Dalata, Ireland largest hotel operator and forms part of McAleer & Rushe’s wider £75 million mixed use regeneration scheme in the City. Alongside the hotel, the project also includes a 575 student bed accommodation which will be operated by the Unite Group and ancillary retail units.
The 265 bed hotel will be Dalatas first Maldron brand operation to be opened in England which includes an extensive bar, restaurant and business meeting facilities, which will provide a major boost to the Newcastle economy.
The development is strategically located on Newgate Street at the heart of Newcastle City Centre on the site of the former Newgate Shopping Centre and is close to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC and the Eldon Square Centre.
According to Stephen Surphlis, Property Director of McAleer & Rushe, the deal represents a significant transaction within the UK hotel investment sector and highlights the confidence and strong interest in the regional cities, particularly for hotel investments with long term income streams let to major brands such as Dalata. Commenting he said
The new Maldron hotel and the complete mixed-use scheme is a significant project and will support Newcastle’s continued economic development by attracting both business and leisure visitors to the heart of the City. We are looking forward to working with Standard Life Investments and Dalata, for whom we are delivering numerous hotel projects in the UK & Ireland.
We look forward to working with McAleer & Rushe on the delivery of this new scheme in Newcastle. Dalata and its flagship Maldron brand are an exciting, well managed, high quality, competitive hotelier which we believe will compete well in the Newcastle market, a home to leading universities, a thriving business community and leisure scene.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
The ceremony, attended by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, honoured Charlemont’s rich history and marked Dalata’s significant investment in the rejuvenation of this area of Dublin. The site, most recently the Charlemont Clinic was previously home to St Ultan’s Maternity Hospital, the first hospital for infants in Ireland, founded in 1919.
Dalata’s time capsule buried by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, and Dalata CEO, Pat McCann includes a selection of items showcasing life in Ireland today as well as some historic Irish artefacts and will be buried for a period of 100 years. Items include Dalata’s Annual Report, today’s Irish Times, an Irish Times newspaper located during excavation dating back to 1927 from a previous time capsule and a selection of works from Bunscoil Sancta Maria, Synge Street. The time capsule also includes in it a 32mm bronze statehood medal with a portrait of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor who was born at No 35 Charlemont Street in 1848.
With completion expected in October 2018, Dalata will invest over €30 million in the development of the 4 star Clayton Hotel Charlemont and create over 200 jobs between construction and operation. McAleer and Rushe have been contracted for the construction of the hotel which will see the restoration of a number of historic 18th century Georgian buildings, including the renowned St Ultan’s Hospital, to luxury suites and conference facilities.
“I am delighted to be here today to mark the future of the Charlemont area with Dalata Hotel Group, while taking time to reflect on the past. I look forward to the opening of Clayton Hotel Charlemont which will be a great addition to the area, providing additional hotel rooms in Dublin City Centre and in turn will benefit the local economy. The burial of this time capsule at this site will provide future generations with an insight into life in Ireland in 2017.”
“The Clayton Hotel Charlemont is a very exciting development for the Group and we are delighted to be here today in celebration of that. This Time Capsule acknowledges where we’ve come from as a country, society, and indeed as a business as we look forward to the next chapter. We look forward to welcoming guests to the new Clayton Hotel Charlemont in October 2018.”
Martin Magee, Managing Director of McAleer & Rushe commented:
“I am delighted to be present at the event today, it is another significant step in our partnership with Pat McCann and the Dalata Hotel Group in Dublin. This is on the back of our recently announced Maldron Hotels in Belfast and Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and we fully anticipate adding other projects to this partnership in the near future.”
Clayton Hotel Charlemont
The site, located in Dublin 2, fronting on to Charlemont Street and Charlemont Mall on the Grand Canal will be home to a 4 star 181 bedroom hotel. The 5 storey hotel will comprise of the latest high end deluxe Clayton bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant and coffee dock facilities with a view over Grand Canal. The hotel will also provide state of the art function room and conference facilities. The hotel is under architectural supervision by Architects Urban Innovation and Kevin Blackwood Conservation Architects.
The Council chose the site of the development project in the heart of the city to position the capsule as it represents an important investment for the future of the region. The redevelopment being undertaken by McAleer & Rushe will support 780 jobs during the construction phase with up to 153 new full time jobs on the site following completion.
At the event attended by local community and businesses the Lord Mayor highlighted the significance of the milestone and investment in the city. Councillor Hazel Stephenson, said:
“Newcastle and the North East has a rich and cherished history and we wanted to mark this major milestone by linking our past with the future and the planting of the time capsule at this important site is a fitting tribute to life in our city today. It represents the very positive and dynamic opportunity for the city and the wider region in the years ahead.”
The redevelopment will see the existing 1960’s shopping centre being replaced by a 265-bedroom four star Maldron hotel, 20,000 sq ft of commercial space for retail, leisure or professional services use and 575 units of purpose built student accommodation operated by the UK’s leading provider of student housing, Unite Students.
Eamonn Laverty, Chief Executive of McAleer & Rushe, commented:
“We are privileged to have been involved in the marking of the 800th anniversary of Mayoralty in Newcastle, attending the event alongside the local suppliers and consultants who are working closely with us and Newcastle City Council. This marks an important moment in the region’s history and through the development of the Newgate site we are looking forward to helping develop economic growth and sowing the seeds of future prosperity.”
Objects in the capsule include a Newcastle United scarf, a Royal Mint coin set, and one of the last round pounds in circulation providing future generations with an insight into life in the city in 2017.