McAleer & Rushe Holds Aloft Award

A Docklands hotel in London built by McAleer & Rushe was singled out for special praise at the recent New London Awards 2012 held in the Guildhall in the City.

Designed by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles and built for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) the Aloft London Excel features 252 loft-like guest rooms and is located adjacent to ADNEC-owned, ExCeL London’s largest events venue in East London. Situated close to the London City Airport it was subject to height restrictions on development. In addition a major national service utility trench ran beneath the site and a protected public pedestrian route across the site had to be maintained. The resulting ‘serpentine’ layout cleverly addressed all these constraints and in so doing created a real sense of place for the new entrance to the International Conference Centre.

McAleer & Rushe Construction Director Martin Magee said:

“We are particularly pleased that the stylish design of the hotel and its contribution to regenerating this part of London was recognised.”

The McAleer & Rushe-built Aloft was the only hotel which won an award at the New London Awards which recognise the capital’s best projects both built and on the drawing board. The hotel was also highly commended in the recent World Architecture News WAN Awards 2012 in the Hotel of the Year category.

The Aloft London Excel is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1071 properties in 100 countries. Starwood says the brand was created to shake up the mid-market hotel sector and is “redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point”.

Aloft London Excel is located at ExCeL’s Eastern entrance at the Royal Victoria Dock and has direct covered access to Prince Regent Station on the Docklands Light Railway. With East London seeing much regeneration ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, the hotel is perfectly situated within easy reach of the Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City, Canary Wharf and The O2 arena.