Topping out marks a major student accommodation project in Liverpool

Horizon Heights a landmark student accommodation project opposite Liverpool’s Lime Street station was the venue for a topping out ceremony on Wednesday 12th December to celebrate the final piece of structure being installed on the site.

(L-R) Dominic Trainor of McAleer & Rushe and Gary McIlwraith of Unite Students

The scheme which has been constructed by McAleer & Rushe on behalf of Unite Students, the leading provider of student accommodation in the UK, comprises 1,085 bedrooms across two blocks of 19 and 21 storeys.

The development has a mixture of cluster and studio flats with extensive communal areas and ground floor retail space, revitalising this prominent corner plot. Designed to BREEAM Excellent it also includes a detailed landscaping plan that will re-energise the public realm area and the pedestrian experience for the local community and visitors of the city.

McAleer & Rushe and Unite Students have a long-standing and successful partnership in place over many years.  The Northern Ireland based construction company has delivered a range of major schemes on prominent sites throughout the UK for Unite, including a 575-bed scheme in Falconer’s Court in Newcastle and a 579-bed scheme in St. Leonard’s Edinburgh. 

McAleer & Rushe and Unite Students

Commenting Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director, McAleer & Rushe, said, 

McAleer & Rushe is delighted to be part of the transformation that Unite Students are delivering for students’ living experiences across the UK.  Horizon Heights is another example of a development that is providing a safe, secure accommodation located adjacent to universities facilities in the heart of a thriving city.  We are looking forward to the completion of the project next year with students able to avail of the project’s outstanding accommodation facilities and further adding to the vibrancy of Liverpool city centre.

As part of Unite Student’s contract framework, McAleer & Rushe are currently in discussion with the student accommodation developer on future schemes and the further development of the successful partnership.

McAleer & Rushe Project Team

Commenting Gary McIlwraith, Development Manager, Unite Students, said

We are delighted with the performance of McAleer & Rushe and the project team and are very happy to have reached this important milestone. Our continued relationship with M&R is one of a collaborative and honest nature which ensures each project’s success. I would like to thank McAleer & Rushe for their professionalism and can do attitude in difficult conditions and I am sure there will be many projects in the future as Unite Students look to provide safe,secure and high quality homes for our students. Horizon Heights will be af antastic addition to the Unite portfolio and indeed to the Liverpool City skyline.

McAleer & Rushe recognised at the Irish Construction Industry Awards gala in Dublin

Northern Ireland based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has been awarded the prize for ‘International Project of the Year’ at the Irish Construction Industry Awards for Global Student Accommodation’s 1000-bed Catherine House scheme in Portsmouth.

The awards, now in their fifth year recognise companies which demonstrate excellence and innovation in Ireland’s construction industry. McAleer & Rushe competed against four other international companies to lift the award at the gala ceremony which took place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

McAleer & Rushe was engaged as the design and build contractor by the global leader in student accommodation to develop the scheme through the entire evolution process. The project which was worth £50m completely transformed and extended the existing derelict 1970s landmark office building, Zurich House on Stanhope Road. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment providing a 405-bed student accommodation along with the design and construction of an 11-storey new build extension delivering enough space for an additional 595 beds.

Commenting on the award Dominic Trainor, McAleer & Rushe Contracts Director said,

It is a great honour to be recognised by our peers for this project which further cements our position as leading contractors in the student accommodation sector. I want to pay tribute to our teams hard work and commitment and thank our client, GSA for entrusting us with the scheme. Carrying forward this collaborative relationship with GSA we have already begun work on two further projects in Bournemouth to deliver 950 student beds. We look forward to continuing to build this long-lasting relationship to deliver additional schemes across the UK and Ireland.


Tim Mitchell, GSA’s Global Head of Real Estate, said:

There’s no doubt that the development of Catherine House was one of our most ambitious projects to date, but we’re delighted with the results delivered by McAleer & Rushe. We’ve successfully brought 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms to Portsmouth and are proud to have given such an iconic building a second lease of life. Feedback from our residents living there has been outstanding!

Since 2014, the Irish Construction Industry Awards have become an established benchmark for contractors, businesses, teams and consultants in Ireland to demonstrate innovation and excellence within the built environment.

East Cliff Pre-School’s Artwork Rewarded at Belaton House

The Student Housing Company, in partnership with McAleer & Rushe, has unveiled a hoarding with a difference at its new Belaton House student accommodation development today.

The screen, required as a precaution to keep pupils at East Cliff Pre-School safe throughout the development works, was taken one step further by the Student Housing Company to offer a visual and engaging element for the children. The safety wall includes a gallery of the pupils’ artwork, as well as viewing windows to let the children check-in on how the development works are going.

As part of the construction of Belaton House on Holdenhurst Road, an existing fence has been removed adjoining the development to East Cliff Pre-School and The Student Housing Company took the decision to create a unique hoarding which the pupils could engage with.

Alex Piddington, Graphic Designer at the Student Housing Company, said:

The Student Housing Company is always looking for ways to work alongside the local community and we saw this is a fantastic opportunity to engage children; something that we don’t normally have the chance to do.
We loved developing the creative element of the protective screen along with the pupils, staff and parents at East Cliff Pre-School and we can’t wait to see how the children interact with it over the coming months. There are certainly some talented young artists at the school, and hopefully the viewing windows might even inspire the next generation of architects and engineers!

Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

The creation of the hoarding on Holdenhurst Road is an exciting initiative which provides the opportunity for East Cliff Pre-School to showcase the talent of its children and to bring to life a construction project that will add a dynamic new dimension to the local area. A key commitment of McAleer & Rushe is being a good neighbour to the communities in which we operate, not only by ensuring that our sites are safe and secure but also by inspiring people through our projects and hopefully providing a platform for the next generation.

Beckie Capewell and Amanda Allison, Co-owners of East Cliff Pre-School Said:

McAleer & Rushe has been great throughout the whole construction process so far and has made it clear that the safety of the children and staff at East Cliff Pre-School was their top priority. We have had constant visits from the team to ensure we are happy with how the works are progressing and we are thrilled with the final mural on our side of the fence. The children will love to see their own artwork on display as well as enjoy peeping into the hidden viewing windows, helping them feel included as the building progresses. The children are looking forward to visiting the site itself and see first-hand a glimpse into how a building is constructed. Thank you to The Student Housing Company and McAleer & Rushe from all the team at East Cliff Pre-School.

Upon completion Belaton House will provide 403 student bedrooms, in a combination of three to eight bed apartments, ‘twodios’ and studios.

McAleer & Rushe to deliver two GSA developments in Bournemouth

GSA expands portfolio, investing c. £80m to develop 950 student beds with contract awards to McAleer & Rushe

With the backing of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Global Student Accommodation (GSA) has contracted McAleer & Rushe to deliver two state-of-the-art student residences on Lansdowne Road and Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth, both of which are due for completion in time for the 2019/20 academic year and will bring over 950 additional student rooms to the town.

With excellent locations offering outstanding transport links to both Bournemouth University and Bournemouth Arts University, Bailey Point (Lansdowne Road) and Belaton House (Holdenhurst Road) are expected to transform expectations for student accommodation within the town. They will both be operated by The Student Housing Company, which was named Student Accommodation Operator of the Year in December 2017, and will offer residents access to stunning shared spaces including games rooms, communal study and cinema rooms, as well as secure bike storage and the latest laundry facilities.

Upon completion, the £47m Bailey Point will be a landmark high rise building on a site previously occupied by a Bournemouth University building and car park. The development will house 550 students in a combination of four to eight bed apartments and will offer access to a stunning sky lounge. As part of the works, highway improvements are also being undertaken.

Being constructed on land which was underutilised and included a retail store, the £36m Belaton House will provide 403 bedrooms, in a combination of three to eight bed apartments, ‘twodios’ and studios.

Since entering the student accommodation sector in January 2014, McAleer & Rushe has completed almost 3,000 beds and is contracted to build a further 4,300 beds. The relationship between the Northern Ireland based contractor and GSA began with the successful delivery of the 356-bedroom Austen House student development in Southampton which was then followed by the landmark scheme, Catherine House in Portsmouth providing 1000-beds.

Commenting on this current development Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

We are delighted to work once again in close partnership with GSA following the completion of the Southampton and Portsmouth based schemes. There is a great spirit of teamwork and collaboration between the teams shaping these two very exciting projects which we look forward to seeing come to life in Bournemouth.

James Childs, UK Construction Director at GSA, said:

Having been planning these developments for over two year, it’s extremely exciting to see works start. At the peak of construction, we estimate that there will be in excess of 300 operatives working at Bailey Point and Belaton House, and 8 staff will be employed to operate each residence once they open in 2019. The vast majority of these vacancies will be filled by local workers.

Student accommodation is absolutely vital to students’ wellbeing, and at GSA we firmly believe that offering the right housing can make a real difference to students’ lives. We look forward to bringing our outstanding offering and service to Bournemouth come 2019. Supporting the local community is central to our ethos, and we will be transforming the streetscape as part of this project, as well as making a significant contribution to the already thriving local community.

Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth University, which was involved in the Bailey Point project, said:

We were pleased to work with GSA and its predecessors on the planning for the Lansdowne Road development, and look forward to seeing these developments open in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

Iconic Student Building Opens its Doors

State-of-the-art residence to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth’s landmark student development, Catherine House, officially opened its doors 7th September as The Student Housing Company prepares to receive new residents for the 2017/18 academic year. The launch event was attended by representatives from the multi award-winning student accommodation operator, its parent company GSA and the building’s contractors McAleer & Rushe.

The Catherine House project has completely transformed and extended the existing Zurich House on Stanhope Road. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment while an adjoining building was developed to provide enough space to deliver 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms in a combination of four to six bedroom cluster flats, studios and one bedroom apartments. The property is located in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the University of Portsmouth and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and will include a reception, common room, cycle storage, car park, sky lounge and retail space, providing the perfect balance of convenience, comfort and sociability.

Sarah Linton-Walls, sales and marketing director at The Student Housing Company, which will operate the building upon opening, said:

Catherine House is one of our most ambitious projects to date and the fact that you can see it standing out on the skyline as you enter this attractive city makes it all the more exciting for us.

“The new development reflects The Student Housing Company’s design and specification signatures which provide students with accommodation specifically tailored to their needs. The building incorporates generous communal spaces, bright and welcoming student entrances, and high specification rooms with high levels of natural light, which we’re sure will be welcomed by the students when they move in later this month.”

Dominic Trainor, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe said:

“I would like to thank our site team and supply chain partners who have worked tirelessly to bring this exceptional project to life. Catherine House marks a significant step in our partnership with The Student Housing Company and GSA and helps to meet the growing demand for purpose built student accommodation in Portsmouth. We are currently on site at two further GSA student accommodation projects in Bournemouth and look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

The Student Housing Company strives to provide students with the confidence to expect the highest quality accommodation and service. At Catherine House students’ financial worries will be kept to a minimum as all facilities and bills including water, gas, electricity, heating, high-speed broadband and maintenance are covered in the monthly rent. The company’s on-site management team will also on hand 24/7 to help students make the most of student life in Portsmouth, whether it’s through advising on day-to-day issues, giving directions to the best restaurants or planning events.

Topping Out Ceremony As Landmark Student Building Reaches Highest Point

A topping out ceremony was held at Catherine House, Portsmouth’s latest landmark student building, to mark the completion of its superstructure this week. The occasion was attended by representatives from multi award-winning student accommodation provider The Student Housing Company, its parent company GSA and the building’s contractors McAleer & Rushe.

The Catherine House project has completely transformed and extended the existing Zurich House on Stanhope Road, with the new building set for occupation in August 2017. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment while an adjoining building was developed to provide enough space to deliver 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms in a combination of three to six bedroom cluster flats, studios and one bedroom apartments.

The property is located in a prime location just few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the University of Portsmouth and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and will include a reception, common room, cycle storage, car park, sky lounge and public shops, providing the perfect balance of convenience, comfort and sociability.

Sarah Linton-Walls, sales and marketing director at The Student Housing Company, which will operate the building upon opening, said:

With room for 1,000 students, Catherine House is one of our most ambitious projects to date and the fact that you can see it standing out on the skyline as you enter this attractive city makes it all the more exciting for us. We can’t wait to open our doors to Portsmouth’s students next year – we’ve no doubt they’ll feel perfectly at home in this top of the range, bespoke student accommodation which raises the industry standard.

State-of-the-art building to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth
State-of-the-art building to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth

Dominic Trainor, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe, said:

As Catherine House tops out and makes its mark on the Portsmouth skyline, now is a good time to reflect on the close working relationship between McAleer & Rushe, The Student Housing Company and GSA that has made this such an exciting project to be involved with. Following the Catherine House project and the recent successful completion of the Back Of The Walls project in Southampton, we look forward to future developments and continuing the mutually-beneficial relationship with The Student Housing Company and its new parent company GSA.

Paul Marlow is crowned UK’s top construction manager for £29 million student accommodation project

Paul Marlow has been named Construction Manager of the Year 2016 for his inspirational leadership on a £29 million student accommodation project for client Unite Students.


Competing against some of the most talented construction professionals in the UK, the McAleer & Rushe project manager from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland beat 85 other finalists and 10 gold medallists to the coveted trophy. Paul has also scored a CMYA first. He is the first overall winner to come from a residential category in the competition’s 38-year history.

Despite facing a barrage of logistical and technical challenges, Paul delivered the Angel Lane project in Stratford on time and on budget and with a ‘wow factor’ that delighted the client. The 759 unit accommodation block has since become a standard setter for Unite’s Homes for Success initiative, and a benchmark against which future projects are measured.

Paul’s achievement is all the more impressive because of the project’s difficult beginnings: the start date had to be delayed by two months to January 2014 due to late land purchase, but the completion deadline remained fixed at July 2015, in order for Unite to prepare for the first intake of students.

Leading Angel Lane from pre-construction phase, Paul radically revised the build strategy to save two months from the programme. A notable time saving initiative included switching from a post tensioned to a reinforced in situ concrete frame. Paul also selected a new lightweight cladding system that could be installed by scaffold, mast climbers and cradles, freeing up tower cranes for other activities.


Angel Lane faced major constraints: it was bound by a main road, a bridge and a neighbouring building site. But the biggest challenge was the proximity of live rail track less than 6m from the completed building. As well as having to undergo an extensive pre-approval process with Network Rail, Paul also had to guarantee 24-hour access site access to the operator’s maintenance teams. The provision of utilities also presented significant risks to the programme: as there was no extra capacity in the local electrical network, a new supply had to be delivered from 1km away.

Throughout the project, Paul maintained close liaison with a large number of third parties that were critical to successful delivery. He also ran a series of design workshops that were pivotal in ensuring suppliers and subcontractors were smoothly coordinated and integrated with the site team.

Paul led by example on health and safety, producing outstanding results: with more than 500,000 man hours worked and 1,836 people inducted onto the project, there was not a single reportable incident or accident on site.

Chris Blythe, chief executive of CIOB commented:

This has been another extraordinary year for CMYA. In every category we have seen project managers of all ages delivering exceptional projects, mastering multiple challenges, and achieving world class quality with exemplary leadership skills.

It’s the first year that we have seen the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from the conception to completion of many projects. This is an important milestone in the evolution of our industry, indicating the increasing complexity and sophistication of built environment work and the pivotal role that construction managers play within project teams. Congratulations to Paul and all our finalists and medallists. You are helping us take our industry to the next level.

Luke Engmann, development manager for Unite Students said:

Rather than reporting problems, Paul consistently delivered solutions. His foresight and suggestions enabled us to maintain programme and deliver the scheme in time for 2015 occupation. He also led by example on health and safety. The fact that we had zero accidents can be directly attributed to the conscientious work from Paul and his team.

The project was very challenging in terms of programme, site logistics and budget but Paul’s ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork has set the benchmark in terms of stakeholder management and leadership.

Chris Richards, an honorary Life Member of the CIOB and CMYA consultant said:

Competition was particularly intense at CMYA this year. An unprecedented number of gold medallists were strong contenders for the top trophy. But Paul’s entry was genuinely outstanding. He delivered a project of immaculate quality at a very rapid pace. Confident, positive and determined he demonstrated complete command of the situation. The judges’ decision was unanimous.

This year’s awards were sponsored by British Gas, Citation, Elecosoft, Glodon, IHS, ITN Productions, Peugeot, Premier BusinessCare and Roomex. You can find out more about CMYA by visiting

 McAleer & Rushe’s Winning Team
paul-marlowOverall Construction Manager of the Year 2016

Residential 7 storeys and over

GOLD: Paul Marlow, McAleer & Rushe Contracts, for construction of Unite Angel Lane, Stratford. A student tower block for 759 students.

ciaran-tiffneyResidential 7 storeys and under

GOLD:  Ciaran Tiffney ICIOB, McAleer & Rushe Contracts, for 24 apartments in a seven-storey block in central London.

Reproduced under permission from (c) Construction Manager Magazine/CIOB

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 Secures Planning And Signs Development Agreement With Threesixty Developments For Dublin Student Scheme

McAleer & Rushe has signed a forward funding development agreement with Threesixty Developments to deliver a 374-bedroom student housing scheme in Summerhill Dublin, for the academic year 2018.

Cookstown-based McAleer & Rushe recently secured planning permission from Dublin City Council, for the former industrial site and plans to commence works on site later this summer. The scheme which rises to seven-storeys has an estimated gross development value of over €40m. It boasts generous amenity provision, ancillary retail, external landscaping and a large protected roof terrace with a range of semi-private seating areas.

McAleer & Rushe, a relatively new entrant to the student housing sector, has rapidly become a major player. Within three years of entering the sector it has now built or is contracted to build or develop around 5,000 rooms in the UK and Ireland. Earlier this month it signed an agreement with Queen’s University to provide 1,200 student beds in Belfast at two of its prime city centre sites, in a deal worth in excess of £70m. McAleer & Rushe is currently also working with Threesixty Developments on building student housing schemes for it in Southampton and Portsmouth. Threesixty Developments was formerly known as Knightsbridge Student Housing.

McAleer & Rushe’s Graham Mitchell, who leads on student housing projects for the firm said:

“This latest development deal, coming so soon on the back of other major announcements reinforces our solid reputation in the student sector and further strengthens our partnership with Threesixty Developments which is built on the firm foundations of successfully working together in Southampton and Portsmouth. Threesixty Developments has an enviable track record and we’re pleased to be working with such an experienced and dynamic team. With almost 1,800 rooms now contracted and under construction with Threesixty Developments already, we look forward to many other construction and development partnership opportunities in the future.”

Bob Crompton, CEO of Threesixty Developments Ltd, said:

“We are delighted that our partner McAleer & Rushe has been able to assist us in our European expansion. Summerhill is a great scheme which helps address a serious deficit in quality student housing provision in Dublin and will be a very welcome addition to our growing presence in this strategically important and undersupplied City. The professionalism of McAleer & Rushe is amply demonstrated not only in the efficiency of its designs but also in how smoothly the planning consent was achieved.”

Urban Innovations in Belfast are Architects on the scheme and the Planning Consultants are Declan Brassil & Company, based in Dublin. McAleer & Rushe is also currently close to completing the transformation an O’Connell Street, Dublin office building, Findlater House into a Holiday Inn Express Hotel for Sunil Joginpally. The Dublin hotel is set to open in the Spring.

McAleer & Rushe Gets Green Light For Belfast Student Housing Scheme

McAleer & Rushe has received planning permission for its student housing scheme on the site of a former Metropolitan College building on McClintock Street/Blackstaff Square, Belfast.

L-R McAleer & Rushe (white helmets) Senior Development Manager Paul Beacom & McAleer & Rushe Chief Executive Eamonn Laverty. Queen’s University representatives (blue helmets) from left: Director of Finance, Wendy Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, Director of Student Plus, Caroline Young and Director of Estates, Damien Toner.

Earlier this month McAleer & Rushe signed a £72m development agreement with Queen’s University to deliver in excess of 1,200 student bedrooms on their prime City Centre sites at McClintock Street and College Avenue. It is anticipated that planning permission for College Avenue will soon be granted.

On Tuesday night Belfast City Council granted consent for a 476-bedroom building with ground floor retail space. The McClintock Street building will be 16 storeys high and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.

In November last year, the Cookstown and London-based developer got planning permission for a 14-storey, 206-bedroom hotel on this large mixed use development site which will now also accommodate this exciting new student development.

The scheme sits on a prominent corner, 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.

McAleer & Rushe Group Chief Executive Eamonn Laverty said:

“McAleer & Rushe is looking forward to working together with Queen’s University to deliver state of the art student accommodation which has been shaped by our experience of working on other similar projects across the UK. We would also commend the hard work being put in by the City Council to enhance the attractions of our City and push forward its economic and cultural renaissance for the benefit of us all”.


McAleer & Rushe’s £72m deal with Queen’s to provide 1,200 student beds in Belfast

The Lanyon Building under floodlight
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One of Northern Ireland’s leading developers McAleer & Rushe has entered into an agreement with Queen’s University Belfast to develop 1,200 student bedrooms on two of their prime city centre sites.

The Tyrone and London based developer/contractor has agreed with Queens University to deliver the completed buildings, by the summer of 2018, in a deal estimated to be worth just over £72m.

Both projects, are currently under consideration by the Belfast City Council Planning Service. It is hoped a positive planning outcome can be reached imminently, to enable the proposals to rapidly advance to the construction phase. The 476 bed scheme on McClintock Street will form part of a mixed-use student and hotel scheme, while the proposal for College Avenue will consist of 680 cluster bedrooms and 95 studios.

CGI of the scheme proposed for College Avenue

McAleer & Rushe Property Director, Stephen Surphlis said:

“This is one of the most significant property development deal in Northern Ireland for many years. It follows on from the success we had with Belfast City Council to develop a 100,000sq ft office for it, at our site on Adelaide Street. We are particularly pleased to have reached agreement with Queen’s on these two student accommodation schemes, which will provide such a valuable boost for the City.”

“The projects, which are estimated to generate around 550 jobs during the construction phase and 75 long-term jobs, will also make a significant contribution in the on-going regeneration of Belfast City Centre, bringing major economic benefits for nearby retail and leisure businesses and added vibrancy to the heart of our capital”.

Queen’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston said:

“As an anchor institution in the city, this substantial investment again demonstrates the commitment of Queen’s to the development of Belfast as a learning city. The continued growth of the university, and Belfast, is critical to the success of the knowledge economy.

“As part of Queen’s ambitious plans for growth, this much needed student accommodation within walking distance to Queen’s, city centre amenities and transport links, will ensure the University continues to attract the brightest local, national and international students to study in Belfast.”

McAleer & Rushe has rapidly attained a reputation of excellence in the development and construction of student housing in the UK and Ireland. It is well on target to deliver 7,500 student bedrooms, within just five years of entering the student sector. It is currently working on a number of major schemes across the UK for leading student housing providers such as Unite Students and Threesixty Developments (formerly Knightsbridge Student Housing.)

McAleer & Rushe Signs £52m Contract To Build 1,000 Bed Student Scheme In Portsmouth

McAleer & Rushe has signed a £52m Design and Build Contract with Threesixty Developments Ltd to deliver a 1,000 bed student housing scheme in Portsmouth.

Threesixty, (formerly known as Knightsbridge Student Housing) is run jointly by Bob Crompton and Oaktree Capital Management and was launched as a new brand last year to reflect a fresh era for the business as it continues to conquer the student accommodation market in the UK and abroad.

Catherine House, on Stanhope Road is a student-led mixed-use scheme designed by McAleer & Rushe and Belfast-based architect Urban Innovations. McAleer & Rushe and Urban Innovations also advised during the work up and planning stages of the scheme. It involves the conversion of the local landmark office Zurich House to provide 405 bedrooms, and the construction of a new purpose-built, 595 bedroom student accommodation block extension, close to the train station, with ground floor retail. It will also boast a newly landscaped public boulevard that opens on to Victoria Park.

Construction of the student housing scheme is set to complete in the Summer of 2017.

Martin Magee Managing Director, McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK said:

“This contract marks an important milestone in the redevelopment of the now derelict Zurich House, which has been an important talisman building for many in Portsmouth. This regeneration will have a significant revitalizing impact of this area around Portsmouth & Southsea Station. Our new partnership with Threesixty is leading to further opportunities in development and construction for both companies in the UK and Ireland.

“McAleer & Rushe is also currently working on our first project together. It is an £18m contract to build Threesixty a 356 bedroom 8-storey student accommodation scheme – Back Of The Walls – Southampton, which is set to complete in August 2016.”

Bob Crompton, CEO of Threesixty Developments Ltd, said:

“We’re thrilled to be working together with McAleer & Rushe on this exciting development in such a key position in Portsmouth’s city centre. Following extensive consultation with the public and Portsmouth City Council we chose a design that will retain the essence of Zurich House and leave the Portsmouth skyline as so many people know it today. The new boulevard will also provide well located retail space and open up access to Victoria Park, we hope that the residents of Portsmouth will like the new addition to their city.”