McAleer & Rushe wins £26m deal to build airport hotel
Northern Ireland construction giant McAleer & Rushe has landed a £26m deal to build a major new hotel at Stansted Airport.
The Co Tyrone-based firm will develop Europe's largest Hampton by Hilton alongside property firm Urban&Civic.
Urban&Civic secured planning permission to build a new £45m 357-bed hotel, which will have direct terminal access to London Stansted Airport.
Peter Devlin, contracts developer with McAleer & Rushe, said the firm has "established itself as the 'go-to' contractor for airport hotels because of our ability to provide design-led solutions for challenging locations".
"We look forward to building a long term relationship with Urban&Civic and are very pleased to continue our on-going partnership with Hilton".
McAleer & Rushe has also built Hampton by Hilton hotels at London Gatwick Airport, the Hilton Waterloo and also its Bournemouth hotel.
Northern Ireland is set to get its first Hampton by Hilton hotel, when work starts on a new development in Belfast city centre.
Last month Lord Rana's Andras House was given the green light for the 179-bedroom hotel.
Last year McAleer & Rushe landed several valuable contracts, including hotel developments.
In September, it completed two major hotel projects in Aberdeen in a deal worth close to £30m.
Aside from hotels, it's also behind two new student housing developments planned for Belfast city centre.
That would bring 1,200 new rooms to the city, alongside 300 construction jobs.
Meanwhile, a new survey has shown growth in the UK's construction sector slowed in January to its weakest level for nine months.
The Markit/CIPS UK construction purchasing managers' index weakened, dropping by almost three points.
The downbeat report said that aside from the pre-election slowdown recorded last April, this latest reading was the lowest since June 2013. This data comes after the same survey reported the sector picked up from a seven-month low in December.