McAleer & Rushe Wins Top Property Award

McAleer & Rushe has won a top award from the UK’s leading commercial property owner.

99bakers-website-2British Land’s annual awards celebrate environmental, economic and social contributions to communities across the country. Now in their ninth year, this year the awards focus on managing buildings efficiently, supporting communities, developing sustainable buildings, exceeding customers’ expectations and engaging staff. Over 80 guests from around the UK attended the London event, representing British Land’s office and retail properties, new building projects and its partners including suppliers, contractors, occupiers and local communities.

Entrants were nominated for 15 categories including Energy Reduction, Sustainable Collaboration and Community Contribution. A new category was introduced this year for Sustainable Development Champion.

McAleer & Rushe won the ‘Developments Supplier Of The Year’ award for its construction work on 95-99 Baker Street and 4-6 Durweston Mews London, W1. This involved the complete refurbishment and conversion of a seven storey office block to create 34,000 sq ft of social, affordable and luxury residential accommodation. McAleer & Rushe were particularly praised for their pride in the quality of work and the minimal number of snags. The project. was completed at the end of February 2012.

Jonathan O’Neill Contracts Manager for McAleer & Rushe said:

“We are extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious award from a Titan in UK real estate. We were up against some very tough competition. This award is a great boost to everyone’s efforts and makes us even more determined to ensure that sustainability continues to be an integral part of our development and the way we work.”

Adrian Penfold, British Land’s Head of Planning and Corporate Responsibility said:

“We are proud to recognise these inspiring examples of how sustainability lies at the heart of our business operations and how much can be achieved by working together.”

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[toggle title=”About British Land”]British Land is one of Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) with total assets, owned or managed, of £15.8 billion (British Land share £10.3 billion), as valued at 31 March 2012. Through our property and finance expertise we attract experienced partners to create properties and environments which are home to over 1,000 different organisations and visited by over 300 million people each year. Our property portfolio is focused on prime retail locations and Central London offices which attract high quality occupiers committed to long leases. Our occupancy rate of 98.0% and average lease length to first break of 11.3 years are among the highest of the major UK REITs.

Retail assets account for 61% of our portfolio, over 80% of which are located at prime out-of-town sites. Comprising around 27 million sq ft of retail space across 90 retail parks, 99 superstores, 12 shopping centres and 10 department stores, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats. Our active asset management delivers space which is attractive and meets the needs of both retailers and consumers.

London offices, located in the City and West End, comprise 34% of the portfolio (which will rise to an estimated 40% on completion of current developments. Our 7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share) and Regent’s Place in the West End. We have committed £1.2 billion to create Central London’s largest committed office development programme which will deliver 2.3 million sq ft of high quality space by 2014, including a 700,000 sq ft building at 5 Broadgate, the 610,000 sq ft Leadenhall Building in London’s insurance district and a 500,000 sq ft mixed office and residential scheme at Regent’s Place in the West End.

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business and we focus on five areas which matter most to us and our key stakeholders: managing buildings efficiently; developing sustainable buildings; enhancing biodiversity; exceeding customers’ expectations and focusing on local communities. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to our corporate vision of building the best REIT in Europe.
Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

British Land is the second Most Admired Company in Britain for Community and Environmental Responsibility according to Management Today and has won the Guardian Sustainable Business, Business in the Community and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers for its energy reductions and community programmes.[/toggle]

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MANAGING BUILDINGS EFFICIENTLY
Energy Reduction Award – Offices
Exchange House, Broadgate

Energy Reduction Award – Retail
St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull

Sustainability Collaboration Award
Bunzl, York House

SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES
Employment and Training Award
Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield

Fundraising Award
Broadgate, London

Community Contribution Award
St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull

Community Business Partner Award
Davis Langdon, construction contractor

DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
Site Resource Use
McLaren Construction, Whiteley Village Shopping Centre

Sustainable Developments Champion
James Goodfellow, Make Architects, 5 Broadgate

Developments Supplier of the Year
McAleer&Rushe Group, 95-99 Baker Street and 4-6 Durweston Mews

ENGAGING STAFF
Environmental Engagement Award
Rob McMillan, Head Messenger

Volunteering Award
Roger Gajadhar, Records Manager

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Customer Service Award – Retail
Chris Riggall, Operations Manager, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park

Customer Service Award – Offices
Frank Kusi, Loading Bay Manager, Regent’s Place

Managing Agent of the Year
Smith Young[/toggle]