Artisan Hands Over UK Government Hub At New Waverley

Developer hands over ahead of time and on budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shane McCullagh, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe said:

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

New Waverley is already a well-established district in Edinburgh following a succession of restaurants, cafes and hotels taking up residence there. The Hub office development was sold in October 2017 by Artisan to Legal & General, who secured the development on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality long-term UK assets that generate income streams that match its commitments to pensioners.

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

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

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

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


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.


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.


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

  • Record rent achieved for Brighton
  • Unity becomes latest tech occupier at new office development

The Brinell Building, a speculative office development in Brighton, has been fully let ahead of completion in June 2019. The newly developed 65,253 sq ft Grade A, seven-storey office building, is being delivered by developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe.

The Brinell Building achieved record rents for the city with each pre-let transaction, topping out at £32.00 per sq ft.

Unity Technologies, the ApS video game development company based in San Francisco with a market cap in the region of $2.5Bn (May 2017), has become the final occupier to take space at The Brinell Building. The tech company, who will be the anchor tenant, has committed to 37,398 sq ft over the first to fourth floors on a ten-year lease.

Unity Technologies joins other standout occupiers including Diversified, the leading technology integrator delivering innovative digital media, broadcasting, electronic security and OTT solutions, which has pre-let 8,272 sq ft on the ground floor on a 15-year lease. As well as professional services firm Dehns which has pre-let the top two floors covering 18,514 sq ft on a 15-year lease.

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

McAleer & Rushe successfully developed CityView in 2016 and we saw the opportunity to bring forward additional office space to meet untapped demand in central Brighton. Our decision to speculatively develop The Brinell Building has been rewarded with 100% pre-lettings to a first class tenant line-up six months ahead of practical completion.”

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

The Brighton occupier market has historically been underpinned by corporate giants like L&G, American Express and BUPA but the letting success at The Brinell Building highlights demand from the ever-expanding TMT sector. Brighton’s amenity offering coupled with a young, skilled labour force and growing tech sector is making it a hotbed for talent. With vacancy rates at an all-time low, speculative schemes providing Grade A office stock, such as The Brinell Building, are crucial for the continued growth of Brighton’s thriving business community.

Emma Lockey, Associate at CBRE, said:

We have worked alongside Unity for a number of years, advising on its original offices at CityView. We are delighted to have secured The Brinell Building for one of Brighton’s rapidly growing businesses in what is one of the largest office pre-lets for many years.

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


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

Development Milestone Reached as Offices Housing 2,900 Civil Service Jobs in the Heart of the Old Town Nears Completion.

The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town has reached a significant milestone today (Wednesday July 4th) with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme set to be home to some 2,900 government workers.

The seven-level development, which comprises two interlinked office buildings providing almost 200,000 sq. ft. of ultra-modern Grade A office space, has now reached its highest point – an occasion marked by the UK Government and developers Artisan Real Estate Investors.

The UK Government announced last year that it will relocate 2,900 civil service jobs to the new regional hub by 2020 under the terms of a 25-year lease. This includes HMRC, which will operate one of its 13 regional centres from New Waverley. This will be the UK Government’s cross-departmental flagship Hub in Scotland, which will function as the Scottish base of several government bodies, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Government Actuary’s Department and HM Treasury. Staff from the Health and Safety Executive and the Information Commissioner’s Office will also be based here.

The new Government offices will offer the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency, and employees will benefit from a contemporary design with added staff amenities including a landscaped roof area providing sweeping views across the Waverley Valley,

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

This new flagship building is part of our radical upgrade of the Civil Service, and will support a diverse and creative workforce as they make a real difference to the lives of people living in Scotland. The hub will provide high quality, skilled jobs right in the heart of the city centre as well as contributing significantly to the local economy. Alongside significant savings for the taxpayer, the roll-out of Government Hubs will provide modern working environments across the whole of the UK enabling us to provide the best public services we can.

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

Locating HMRC to a new regional centre in Edinburgh in the New Waverley development is another step in HMRCs transformation into a modern, digitally advanced tax authority. This unique city centre location will bring our teams together to promote closer working relationships as well as increasing our effectiveness in collecting taxes.

The completion of the office hub will complete the cornerstone of New Waverley’s current development phase, which will see the high quality office space blend with restaurants, cafes and shops around the public plaza. Artisan’s £200 million, 7.5 acre mixed-use scheme seamlessly links Waverley Station with the city’s iconic Royal Mile, forming part of the Old Town’s UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Welcoming the UK Government to New Waverley, Clive Wilding, Artisan’s project director, said:

Bringing the UK Government hub right into the historic heart of Edinburgh is a ringing endorsement for what we are building here – not just for New Waverley, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland. It sends out an important message that our city centres have the interest, value and capacity to attract investment from the very best employers, setting an important precedent for Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland

For New Waverley, it’s another significant step of our journey to restore life, vitality and energy to this very special part of Edinburgh’s historic city centre, and will be a natural fit for the exciting and vibrant mixed-use community we are creating here.

People coming to work here will enjoy an unmatched working, leisure and living environment. On their doorstep will be one of Scotland’s major transport hubs as well as an eclectic mix of shops, hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and homes in a location that reflects both the best of the city’s heritage and its future.

They will find that New Waverley is a genuinely unique destination in which to work, live and enjoy time out. This is a transformational development of a UNESCO Heritage site, in one of the world’s most iconic yet delicate locations. It’s pioneering the future, whilst preserving the past, representing a blueprint for sensitive yet positive city-centre regeneration.

Reaching the Topping Out stage of the office hub is also a significant milestone for New Waverley contractors, McAleer & Rushe, who are on target to complete the commercial phase by summer 2019.

Construction of the two interlinked office buildings totalling 230,000 sq. ft. brought its own particular challenges, including overcoming a 40 ft. gradient which runs from the Royal Mile down into the Waverley Valley. This means that both buildings are built into the side of the hill, with the ground floor access into the public plaza on one side becoming the building’s second level further down the slope.

The buildings have a significantly large concrete frame composed of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, all of which was non pre-fabricated and poured on site. The facades of the completed buildings will be clad in the highest quality Stanton Moor buff sandstone to reflect the unique heritage and environment of their immediate surroundings.

Shane McCullagh, contracts director from McAleer & Rushe added:

This strategically important landmark building provides a spectacular focal point and destination for the wider New Waverley development. It’s a challenging development to complete, especially considering its unique location at the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage site, but one that is being delivered on time, on budget and with the highest safety standards.

Now that we have ‘Topped Out’ the office buildings, the true mass, vision and scope of the entire New Waverley masterplan is now apparent, and it’s a fitting testament to our team on site and the whole development team that so much has been achieved in a relatively short timescale. We are appreciative for this opportunity in the ongoing partnership with Artisan and very much look forward to handing over the completed offices to the UK Government in 2019.

New Waverley’s office development was sold in October 2017 by Artisan to Legal & General, who secured the development on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality long-term UK assets that generate income streams that match its commitments to pensioners.

The development has won three place-making awards in the last year – including best regeneration project for both the Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The scheme’s architects are Allan Murray Architects.

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


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.


Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe wins Construction Manager of the Year 2017

Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe has won both her Gold category medal and the coveted overall ‘Construction Manager of the Year Award’ (CMYA) at the prestigious Awards event held in the Grosvenor House Hotel London. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has been running the awards for 39 years, with Margaret beating 84 finalists and 8 other gold medallists to take the coveted title.

Margaret’s achievement is all the more remarkable because it was her first role as a construction manager, working on the £22m nine storey office block at 9 Adelaide Street in Belfast City Centre which McAleer & Rushe both developed and constructed.

Working with the client Belfast City Council, Margaret delivered considerable cost savings of over £1m by reducing the height of the building and adapting the existing raft foundations for the new superstructure, as well as completing the 80-week project two months early with a clean health and safety record and an Excellent BREEAM rating.

McAleer & Rushe dominated this year’s CMYA picking up two further medals with Michael Yohanis and Paddy Connolly winning Gold and Silver respectively within the Leisure and Retail category. Michael won the Gold medal for his work on the construction of the £20m Adagio Royal Mile hotel in Edinburgh with Paddy winning the silver medal for his work on the £25m Holiday Inn in Manchester.

Margaret’s success which saw her being recognised as the first woman to win the title, follows that of her colleague Paul Marlow who was the youngest ever CMYA winner in 2016 for a £29 million student accommodation project in Stratford, East London.

CIOB President Rebecca Thompson said:

“Margaret is a true inspiration for anyone thinking of entering this exciting and challenging industry. As well as remaining in control of the immense technical and logistical challenges of her day job, her inclusive style has encouraged young people to get involved in construction. Our sector badly needs a more diverse workforce and Margaret shines out as a young leader who is making a genuine difference. We will watch her career with great interest.”

Commenting on the team’s achievements, Martin Magee, Managing Director, McAleer & Rushe said:

“The success of Margaret, Michael and Paddy at this year’s CMYA is truly outstanding. These Awards demonstrate the diversity, inclusivity, commitment and expertise of our employees and our teams and we are immensely proud of their achievements. Investing in our people, developing their experience and nurturing them in their areas of interest and expertise is at the heart of our success and central to our back to back CMYA wins.”

Martin Doherty, Belfast City Council Project Manager added:

“9 Adelaide Street was a challenging scheme in terms of programme, site logistics and budget. Margaret was intuitive to Belfast City Council’s needs, always focused on delivering the scheme on time, whilst never losing sight of the importance of safety or quality. Her ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork set a benchmark for the project.”

Martin Magee concluded:

“For McAleer & Rushe it is very rewarding that over the last number of years our project work across Office, Hotel, Student Accommodation and Residential sectors of the construction industry has received such wide recognition. Indeed, it is no coincidence that our Award winners at the 2017 CMYA have been recognised for their work on projects in Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester. After 50 years in business this shows our growing reach and the talented skill base we have to service it.”


McAleer & Rushe supports ‘A Square Metre for Butterflies’ initiative at New Waverley development

Employees of McAleer & Rushe along with pupils from Royal Mile Primary School have highlighted their commitment to enhancing the local environment by planting a selection of flowers, creating a bee ‘hotel’ and designing a biodiversity themed screen on the site of the New Waverly office development in Edinburgh.


As part of Edinburgh Living Landscape, Leonie Alexander Urban Biodiversity Project Officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), has worked with the company to develop a space to encourage insect life and help supportthe butterfly and bee population in the local area. Contributing to ‘A Square Metre for Butterflies’ the area is a place where companies are encouraged to devote at least one square meter to butterfly caterpillar food plants and nectar plants for adult butterflies.

The New Waverley Development will deliver 200 000 sq ft of new Grade A office space in the heart of Edinburgh’s “Old Town” which forms part of a World Heritage zone. Edinburgh was recently found to be the UK city with the greatest proportion of green space with almost half of the city’s area classified as ‘green’.

Kevin Byrne, Health & Safety Officer at McAleer & Rushe commented:

“We are delighted to support this important initiative working in partnership with the RBGE to enhance biodiversity in central Edinburgh and would like to thank all the pupils from Royal Mile Primary School for their help. As a company, we remain committed to supporting environmental initiatives and look forward to adopting similar measures at future developments.”
Leonie Alexander added: “This is a brilliant initiative by McAleer & Rushe to support local wildlife. This small green space acts as a stepping stone for insects to top up on supplies and the bee hotel offers high class accommodation for bumblebees, solitary bees and a whole range of other insects. The pupils at Royal Mile Primary School are super aware of pollinators and this is a great opportunity to contribute something practical.”