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.