Bournemouth’s Mayor, Councillor Rod Cooper joined senior McAleer & Rushe and That Group directors and guests at the town-centre site at a celebratory ceremony.
The landmark scheme, designed by Cube in association with White Ink Architects, inlcudes a 13-storey, 172-bedroom, four-star Hilton hotel with 14 exclusive residential apartments above. This is in addition to an eight-storey 120-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel and 45 apartments with a 224-space, three-storey deep, underground car park and associated landscaping. Work is scheduled to complete in the summer of 2015.
McAleer & Rushe construction director, Martin Magee, says: “This ceremony marks a very significant occasion for the future prosperity of Bournemouth. That Group has delivered a massive vote of confidence in the local economy with its considerable investment, and McAleer & Rushe is very proud to be playing its part in the regeneration of this key strategic site.
“This is an important contract win for us which recognises our strong credentials for delivering quality hotel-led mixed-use schemes on time and on budget. We are looking forward not only to working closely with That Group but also with the very professional team at Hilton with whom we enjoy working very much.”
McAleer & Rushe is also two months from completing a £19m contract to build the first Hampton by Hilton in central London. With 297 bedrooms, this will be the largest hotel for the award-winning mid-priced brand in the UK when measured by the number of rooms. The contractor is also nearing the completion of an £11m contract to convert a former office building to a Hampton by Hilton at Longbridge House, Gatwick.