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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sixth

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

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

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

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

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


Planning Permission Secured for Two Four Star Maldron Hotels

Dalata to operate 630 bedrooms across Birmingham and Glasgow

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

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

Renfrew St, Glasgow
Renfrew St, Glasgow

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

Gough St, Birmingham
Gough St, Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO, Dalata Hotel Group commented:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.”


Newcastle celebrates 800 years of Mayoralty and looks to the future with time capsule burial at major redevelopment

Newcastle and the North East marked the significant milestone of 800 years of Mayoralty by burying a time capsule at the Newgate Centre, the site of a major £100m regeneration project in the city.

The capsule buried by Newcastle Lord Mayor Hazel Stephenson and Councillor Ged Bell will not be opened before 2097 and includes a broad range of objects and artefacts that celebrate different aspects of life in the North East today.

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.

Attendees at the event included Brunswick Methodist Church and representatives from project partners Maldron and Unite Students.