McAleer & Rushe finalists in 2024 Tall Building Awards for two BTR schemes

The Tall Buildings Awards celebrate the best industry talent and outstanding high-rise accomplishments in the UK, no matter the form, size, or budget.

Pictured left to right: Longley Place in Brighton and Exchange Square Phase 2 in Birmingham, two of McAleer & Rushe's developments that have been shortlisted at the awards | BTR News
Pictured left to right: Longley Place in Brighton and Exchange Square Phase 2 in Birmingham, two of McAleer & Rushe's developments that have been shortlisted at the awards.

Construction company McAleer & Rushe have been named as finalists in three categories within the prestigious Tall Building Awards, including the coveted Best Tall Building Contractor prize.

The Tall Buildings Awards feature those who are shaping city skylines and focusing on innovative and proven construction technologies that enhance and advance the design and construction of elevated structures.

McAleer & Rushe have been shortlisted in: Best Tall Residential Building – Exchange Square Phase 2 Build to Rent development in Birmingham, Best Tall Mixed-use Building – Longley Place Build to Rent development in Brighton, and Best Tall Building Contractor – McAleer & Rushe.

As one of the most well-attended specialist events in the UK construction calendar, the Tall Buildings Awards will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2024 at etc.venues, St Pauls in London. The awards are preceded by the Tall Buildings Conference earlier in the day where attendees will converge to discuss the growing trends, challenges and legislative changes happening within the industry.

“As we continue to expand our track record in the delivery of high-rise buildings, our shortlisted work is testament to the skills and techniques we have developed in conjunction with our specialist supply chain members.

“It is our commitment to innovation with ingenuity and collaboration that enable us to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the industry and deliver time and time again for our clients to the highest quality. We are also proud to be sponsoring the Best Tall Building Client category at this year’s awards.

“I look forward to attending the conference and the awards to celebrate with our peers in the industry, as we collectively strive to enhance excellence safely and sustainably.”

Shane McCullagh, Director, McAleer & Rushe
Exchange Square Phase 2 in Birmingham | McAleer & Rushe | BTR News
Exchange Square Phase 2 in Birmingham.

After completing in February, Exchange Square Phase 2 is the final component of the Exchange Square Masterplan in Birmingham for Nikal. Known as The Silver Yard, the landmark high-rise residential project comprises 365 Build to Rent Grainger apartments within a 37-storey tower, along with retail space, a public square and extensive amenity space, including a sky terrace.

In the heart of the city centre, The Silver Yard at Exchange Square not only redefines renting in Birmingham, but also marks a significant contribution to the ongoing revitalisation of the city centre. McAleer & Rushe also constructed a 235-bed Premier Inn hotel as part of Phase 2 and completed in February 2023.

Innovative construction methods and solutions played a pivotal role in delivering the scheme successfully. These included adjusting the critical path of the concrete frame and precast façade installation works into two phases and slipping the core, thus reducing the turnaround time by three days per floor. Additionally, relocating the tower crane to the top, 120 meters above ground, enabling uninterrupted progress to meet the challenging programme successfully.

Longley Place in Brighton | McAleer & Rushe | BTR News
Longley Place in Brighton.

Longley Place, also known as York + Elder, is the first Build to Rent scheme to be delivered in Brighton, providing 209 apartments and 33,000 sq ft of co-working office space within a building ranging from eight to 17-storeys in height. Designed by EPR Architects, residential amenities include a gym, cinema room, and three landscaped roof terraces.

Achieving residential Home Quality Mark Level 4 and a BREEAM Excellent rating, the mixed-use scheme for Legal & General is a redevelopment of a former industrial estate, transforming a warehouse brownfield site into a new vibrant community of homes, workplace, retail and amenity space, all in walking distance of the rail station and the city’s landmarks.

The project utilised pre-manufactured bathroom pods, bolt-on-balconies and an off-site 13,000kg packaged plant room – all helping to reduce the construction programme and achieving the highest finish quality.