McAleer & Rushe recognised for £50m student housing project

The £50m Catherine House student housing project in Portsmouth

CO TYRONE developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has been recognised for its work on a £50 million student housing project at a major industry awards.

The company was awarded the prize for ‘International Project of the Year' at the Irish Construction Industry Awards in Dublin. The accolade was in recognition for the firm's work on Global Student Accommodation's 1000-bed Catherine House scheme in Portsmouth.

The project which was worth £50m completely transformed and extended the existing derelict 1970s landmark office building, Zurich House on Stanhope Road.

The Irish Construction Industry Awards, now in their fifth year recognise companies which demonstrate excellence and innovation in Ireland's construction industry. McAleer & Rushe competed won out against four other international companies to lift the award at the gala ceremony which took place at the Citywest Hotel.

Contracts director at McAleer & Rushe, Dominic Trainor described the award as a "great honour".

“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," he said.

Tim Mitchell, GSA's Global head of real estate, added: “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.”

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