McAleer & Rushe sign agreement with Dalata Group for new Birmingham City Centre Maldron Hotel

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.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO – Business Development and Finance, Dalata Hotel Group said:

”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.

Elsewhere in the city, McAleer & Rushe, is on site in Lancaster Circus in where it is constructing a 1000+ bed student accommodation scheme.

Plans for £75 million Belfast landmark redevelopment unveiled

The scheme, focused on state-of-the-art workspace is to be known as ‘The Sixth’ and will include 230,000 sq ft of commercial space and ‘active’ ground floor uses such as cafes, restaurants and retail.

The project’s name is inspired by the newspaper’s original evening edition. The street vendors’ call of “Sixth Late Tele” was familiar throughout Belfast for more than a century.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the proposals will deliver 2,000 high value jobs as part of an emerging creative district centred on the education, culture, media and technology sectors.

The announcement comes as a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the scheme was submitted by Bel Tel LLP, the site owners. The LLP, which acquired the site in late 2016, is the first joint venture by Belfast City Council with a private developer, McAleer and Rushe.

The submission of the PAN marks a significant milestone for the project that will see an investment of £75 million to bring one of Belfast’s most famous landmarks back into active use.

Launching the proposals Stephen Surphlis, Property Director of McAleer and Rushe, on behalf of Bel Tel LLP said:

These are important proposals that will bring a landmark building associated with the news industry back into use for a digital age. Adjacent to both the Ulster University Campus and Central Library, The Sixth will play an important role in the regeneration of Belfast by delivering high quality workspace for global and local businesses, particularly those in the professional, creative and technology sectors.

Built in 1886, the Belfast Telegraph building was home to the city’s newspaper for more than 100 years, before it moved to new premises in June 2016. The grade B2 Listed Building will be comprehensively refurbished as part of the redevelopment of the wider one-acre site.

Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council explained:

The partnership is delighted to unveil its plans for The Sixth. The Sixth will add to the vibrancy of this emerging creative district and help stimulate further regeneration in Belfast”.

The proposals for the site include a public walking route through the building, and new retail and food and beverage opportunities on the ground floor that will enliven the streetscape and provide a range of amenities to the area.

Ms Wylie explained that the proposed scheme is being showcased to an international audience of investors, developers and occupiers today at MIPIM in Cannes – the world’s largest real estate conference.

Councillor Mairead O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, explained:

This is an exciting milestone for what is Belfast City Council’s first joint venture with a private sector developer. As part of the delivery of our City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy, the Council made the strategic decision to invest in this part of the city centre and stimulate further regeneration.

The partnership’s proposals will help to re-energise this area with a scheme that has been designed to respect the existing built heritage in this part of the city, and The Sixth will build on the momentum already generated by the Ulster University investment.

A planning application for the scheme will be submitted following a 12-week pre-application community consultation led by national planning consultants Turley. The consultation will provide local residents, businesses and other members of the public with an opportunity to see and to comment on the plans.

It is expected that The Sixth will create 650 jobs during construction, and more than 2,000 jobs when fully occupied.

Pupils from Brighton Primary Schools to explore citizenship in new arts engagement programme

‘What makes young people proud to live in Brighton?’

McAleer & Rushe, the contractor building a new office development on Station Street in Brighton, has partnered with Art4Space, a leading community arts organisation to explore ‘What makes young people proud to live in Brighton?’. As part of the project, pupils from St Bartholomew’s and St Paul’s Primary School today unveiled their inspired artwork which has transformed the hoarding around The Brinell Building site. The unveiling was also attended by SHW and Brighton & Hove City Council.

The community arts engagement project is enabling Brighton’s children to develop a better understanding of their citizenship and local community through art and creativity. The primary school pupils have worked with Art4Space to develop the content of the artwork in the form of drawings, doodles, words and quotes, which will be displayed as an outside public gallery during the construction of The Brinell Building.

Commenting on the arts engagement project, Jonathan O’Neill from McAleer & Rushe said,

“I hope this initiative will encourage local young people to take an interest in the development of this building and during the next 12 months our hoarding will act as an outdoor exhibition space where local children and their families can proudly see their art on display. It was great to show the students around the site and provide them with a greater insight into the work that we do. Construction is a dynamic and exciting industry to work in and we are delighted to have been able to showcase this today.”

The Brinell Building, will comprise 7-storeys of Grade A office accommodation and views across Brighton and to the seafront from multiple roof terraces. The development is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and includes amenities such as secure underground car and bicycle parking, electric car charging points, private changing booths and showers, a drying room and a double height reception.

Julie Norburn, director of Art4Space has been delighted with the artwork produced;

“I admire what the children have created around the theme of citizenship and the paintings will create a wonderful outside gallery for all to enjoy for many months during the construction of The Brinell Building. What a way to brighten up the streets!”

Construction begins on first new office development in Brighton since Brexit

Knight Frank and SHW appointed as joint letting agents.

Developer and Contractor, McAleer & Rushe, has begun construction on The Brinell Building, Brighton’s first new office development since Brexit. The development is due to complete in January 2019.

Knight Frank LLP and SHW have been appointed as joint-letting agents for the 65,000 sq ft new build office. The Brinell Building, designed to a Grade A office specification, comprises seven storeys and roof terraces with views across Brighton and the seafront. The development is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and includes amenities such as secure underground car and cycle parking, electrical car charging points, private changing booths and showers, a drying room and a double height reception.

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

We are delighted to be underway with construction of The Brinell Building and we look forward to the building completing in January 2019. The 65,000 sq ft building is double the size of our last Brighton office project at CityView which was a real success. It was an easy decision to push ahead with construction when we have a well-designed building in a great location and the undersupply of the Brighton office market is seeing rents and values rise.

Emma Goodford, Head of National Offices at Knight Frank LLP, said:

There’s been a dearth of good quality office stock in Brighton at a time when we’ve seen increased demand through an expanding workforce and a burgeoning residential offer. The Brinell Building is the first new build since Brexit and McAleer & Rushe has a track record for developing in Brighton after completing CityView in 2016 (32,000 sq ft), which leased to tenants on completion including Rocketmill, Ideal Networks and Unity Technologies.

The Brinell Building is in a prime location next to the station and its design will attract media and tech companies as well as appealing to financial and business occupiers. I forecast it to achieve record-breaking rents for the city and lease up ahead of completion in Spring 2019.

Brighton has a growing new digital, media and technology sector which has developed beside established corporate companies that include American Express, BUPA, Kimberly-Clark, EDF, Mott MacDonald and Lloyds Bank.

The Brinell Building sits in the heart of Brighton’s office district and is located only a three-minute walk from Brighton station which provides frequent trains to Gatwick Airport and Central London. Brighton’s buzzing independent coffee shops, retailers, restaurants and bars can be found just 50 metres away.

McAleer & Rushe announce new Maldron hotel deal in Glasgow

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.

This latest McAleer & Rushe project represents a long-standing partnership with the Dalata Hotel Group in delivering hotels across the UK and Ireland and follows the recent announcement of it’s sale of the planned Maldron Hotel in Newcastle to a major institutional fund, the UK Commercial Property Trust Limited (UKCPT).

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.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO – Business Development & Finance Dalata Hotel Group said;

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.

McAleer & Rushe sell Newcastle hotel investment for £32.7 million

McAleer & Rushe has announced that it has sold a planned new four-star Maldron Hotel in Newcastle City Centre to UK Commercial Property Trust Limited (UKCPT) which is advised by Standard Life Investments for £32.7 million on a forward funding basis reflecting a market investment yield of 4.99% on completion.

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.

Will Fulton, Fund Manager at Standard Life Investments, added,

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.

Joint Agents CBRE & Steerforth Partners advised McAleer & Rushe, with Knight Frank advising Standard Life Investments.

McAleer & Rushe Gets Green Light For Bedford Square Second Phase

Belfast City Council grants planning approval for 215,000 sq ft of new grade A office space


McAleer & Rushe has secured planning approval from Belfast City Council for the second phase of its Bedford Square scheme, paving the way for over 215,000 sq ft of new grade A office space for the city.

Phase two of the city centre development consists of a new 17-storey office building providing 182,598 sq ft of grade A office accommodation, as well as the refurbishment of the listed William Ewart building to create a further 34,942 sq ft of space.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and is home to the headquarters of Invest Northern Ireland, with the latest buildings located on adjacent sites and arranged around a new landscaped public piazza to provide high-quality public realm in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Stephen Surphlis, property director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

This planning approval is a welcome boost to the Belfast office market, with the second phase of Bedford Square bringing a landmark building back into active use after many years of vacancy and helping to alleviate the shortage of grade A space in the city.

The first phase of Bedford Square has been a great success and we now have the opportunity to complete the vision with the creation of much-needed business space and new public realm which, together with our Maldron Hotel and QUB student accommodation developments on the adjoining Brunswick Street site, will make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Belfast’s Linen Quarter and this part of the city.


McAleer & Rushe is in discussions with potential office occupiers for phase two of Bedford Square, with work expected to commence on site in the coming months.

City Council And McAleer & Rushe Mark Construction Milestone At New Central Belfast Office

Senior members and officers of Belfast City Council and the development team of McAleer & Rushe got together to mark the “Topping Out” of the council’s new office building on Adelaide Street.

The ground and eight-storey building is being developed out by McAleer & Rushe for the council on the former Clarendon House site.

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L-R: Eamon Laverty M&R Chief Executive; Declan Boyle, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee; Seamus McAleer M&R Chairman and Stephen Surphlis M&R Property Director

Declan Boyle, chairman of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said:

“Belfast City Council is committed to working with partners and stakeholders across the city to deliver Grade A office space in the city centre to attract new investors and businesses. Our new headquarters are testament to that commitment.

“We are delighted that McAleer & Rushe is delivering this project both within budget and ahead of time and commend the firm on their continued commitment to Belfast. I look forward to the completion of the project, which will ensure our staff are located in a cluster with our other administrative buildings in the city centre.”

Stephen Surphlis property director of McAleer & Rushe added:

“We are very pleased to have reached topping out on this significant project. An achievement made possible through the hard work and close co-operation of Belfast City Council along with McAleer & Rushe’s Design and Build team.

“We look forward to continuing this excellent working relationship and the successful completion of this 100,000 sq ft (NIA) Grade A office development, on programme ready for the council’s occupation by the end of this year.”

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McAleer & Rushe Gets Greenlight For Second Major Student Housing Scheme In Belfast

McAleer & Rushe has received planning permission for a 740-bedroom student housing scheme on College Avenue which it is developing for Queen’s University Belfast.


This is one of two student accommodation projects, which McAleer & Rushe have contracted to deliver in a £70m deal with Queen’s. The two student schemes, totalling more than 1200 bedrooms, will now be delivered by Summer 2018.

McAleer & Rushe Property Director Stephen Surphlis said:

“We are delighted to have achieved planning permission from Belfast City Council and we look forward to commencing construction on this major student accommodation scheme which will make a significant contribution towards the regeneration of this part of the city.”

Stephen continued:

The College Avenue development puts us well on target to deliver 7500 student bedrooms within 5 years, for many of the leading providers of student accommodation”.

McAleer & Rushe to Develop New Belfast Hotel for Dalata

As further evidence of Belfast’s growing hotel pipeline, Dalata Hotel Group plc has agreed a £21 million development deal with McAleer & Rushe to deliver a 206-room Maldron Hotel on the developer’s mixed-use scheme on Brunswick Street in central Belfast.

The 14-storey building, designed by Belfast architect Consarc, on the site of the former Belfast Metropolitan College, received planning consent in November 2015.

Demolition works have almost completed and construction is due to begin in June. The hotel is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The other element of the McAleer & Rushe scheme is a 476-bed student housing scheme being developed for Queen’s University Belfast.

McAleer & Rushe development director Stephen Surphlis said:

“’We are pleased to announce Dalata Hotel Group as the operator and investor in our new Brunswick Street hotel project for their Maldron brand. This project marks the continuance of a longstanding relationship with the Hotel Group and brings the first new build hotel in the city to commence construction post recession. The Maldron brand will be  a much needed high quality addition to the business and tourist hotel offering in Belfast.”

Dermot Crowley, deputy CEO Business development & Finance at Dalata commented:

We are delighted to announce the development of a new Maldron Hotel in central Belfast, providing an extra 206 rooms in the city. RevPar growth was strong in 2015 in our existing Northern Irish hotels and we have been keen to expand our portfolio in Belfast. This new hotel continues the rapid growth of the Maldron brand on the island of  Ireland and we look forward to working with McAleer & Rushe on the development.”

McAleer & Rushe Gets Consent For New City Centre Hotel In Belfast

Blackstaff-Square-CGI-IMcAleer & Rushe has received planning consent for a 206-bedroom hotel on the site of the former Belfast Metropolitan College adjacent to Blackstaff Square.

The Cookstown-based developer, acquired the site just over a year ago and intends to develop the site with a mixed-use hotel and student accommodation scheme.

Belfast City Council approved plans designed by Belfast-based Consarc Design Group for the 14-storey development which will also comprise restaurants, bars and meeting and conference space.

The site sits within an area known as ‘The Linen Quarter’ which Belfast City Council and other Government agencies have targeted for major regeneration with plans including a major upgrade of the urban streetscape.

The hotel will have an entrance facing on to Blackstaff Square.

In a design and access statement submitted as part of the proposal, McAleer and Rushe said the hotel would make a “positive contribution” to the city by regenerating the site of an unoccupied building in the city centre.

It also said it would “create a strong development on a prominent corner” in the city centre and “improve the activity and dynamism in a developing area”.

Blackstaff-Square-CGI-IIMcAleer & Rushe Property Director Stephen Surphlis said:

“This is great news for Belfast, as this is a centrally located hotel scheme, which is designed to complement Belfast’s forward looking aspirations and assist in meeting the undersupply in hotel provision. The Belfast leisure market has recovered strongly following the downturn, with figures confirming strong occupancy levels and increasing room rates. This new hotel will help to satisfy increasing demand going forward as Belfast rapidly increases in popularity as a leisure and business destination. We have received strong interest from established hotel operators and have already commenced demolition of the existing college building. We look forward to beginning construction early in 2016”.

McAleer & Rushe also has plans for an adjacent 476 –room student housing scheme on McClintock Street and 804-room student housing scheme on College Avenue. The hotel and two student housing schemes will create in excess of 300 jobs during the building phase giving a much need boost to the Northern Irish construction sector.

McAleer & Rushe’s And Unite’s £100m Newgate Scheme In Newcastle Gets Consent


Newcastle City Council today approved McAleer & Rushe’s £100m plans for a mixed-use scheme in the Newgate Street area of the city which will create almost 400 construction jobs.

The proposals include a 269-bedrooms hotel, student housing and 2,000 sq m of commercial space for retail, leisure or professional services use.

McAleer & Rushe also announced that the 575-bedrooms student housing element of the scheme will be operated by the UK’s leading provider of purpose built student accommodation, Unite Students.

The creation of 575 new student rooms will deliver £2m of net additional expenditure into the local economy. Unite already provides a home for over 46,000 students in 133 properties across 28 of the UK’s strongest university cities.

Nick Hayes Development Director at Unite said:

“We are delighted that planning consent for this exciting new development has been granted. The project forms an important part of Unite Students‘ ongoing regional development plans.

“Our core purpose at Unite Students is providing our students with a ‘Home for Success’. This means helping them achieve more from their time at university, whether that is academic success, personal growth or employability.

“Newcastle is an exciting university city attracting students from across the UK and internationally. As well as easing pressure on private residential housing in the area this new development will provide an important contribution to the local economy.”

McAleer & Rushe’s has delivered in excess of 20,000 hotel bedrooms and is on target to deliver 7,500 student bedrooms within five years of entering the student accommodation sector. The Northern Irish developer and contractor’s previous schemes in the locality include a major hotel, office and residential scheme at St James’s Gate and the 204-bedroom Jurys Inn NewcastleGateshead Quays.

Plans for a previous scheme for the Newgate Street shopping centre site were enhanced following extensive consultation with a myriad of stakeholders including Newcastle City Council and Historic England.

The scheme will be finished in natural stone to further complement the rich heritage of the surrounding buildings of Grainger Town. The overall size of the student and commercial elements were reduced and the hotel size increased, which has enabled McAleer & Rushe to enhance the public realm with the creation of new landscaped courtyards and a roof terrace. There will be a car parking and bike storage at lower ground level.

McAleer & Rushe Project Director Graham Mitchell said:

“This scheme has evolved through extensive consultation with many stakeholders. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work, engagement and collaboration to deliver the best possible scheme. We hope to start on site in 2016 and to deliver the student element by summer 2018. However this is a very challenging site and there are still a number of complexities across the 1.75 acre site, particularly in terms of the prominent city centre location, that we have to resolve.

“This £100m scheme signals McAleer & Rushe’s commitment to, and confidence in the City of Newcastle and we look forward to bringing forward further schemes. We are currently in discussions with a number of potential hotel partners for the hospitality element of this project.

“The addition of high quality student accommodation operated by Unite will ensure that Newcastle remains an attractive city to prospective students who will have the opportunity to live in modern and safe accommodation within close proximity to their university, city centre amenities and transport links. This in turn offers an opportunity for other areas within the city to be regenerated, as houses previously in multiple student occupation can be returned to family homes”.

Mitchell believes the demolition of the existing down at heel shopping centre will improve the aesthetics of the wider area, creating a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and improve the experience for all, particularly in the context of continuing re-positioning by the Crown Estate of The Gate, the Eldon Square Shopping Centre and the NE1 Bigg Market enhancement proposals.


Ian Kettlewell, Planning Director at the Newcastle office of Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners who advised on planning also highlighted the economic benefits the scheme would bring to this area of the City.

“Today’s news will deliver a £9.1m per year boost to the local economy over the two year build period. Not only will it support 390 direct construction jobs throughout the duration of the build but it will create a further 590 spin-off jobs supporting the supply chain and related services.”

“Once complete, the development will create up to 100 additional permanent jobs and up to the equivalent of 50 permanent jobs involved in the local supply chain”.

It has also been calculated the scheme will generate £3.4m of new homes bonus payments for Newcastle City Council and £450,000 of additional Business Rates receipts per year.