Belfast Telegraph

Co Antrim firm lands student housing deal

By John Mulgrew

A Portglenone company has secured a contract to complete work on two major student developments in Belfast city centre.

Clarke Facades is partnering with McAleer & Rushe on the city's latest student accommodation projects.

They include the 740-bedroom development at College Avenue, which will have 647 bedrooms and 93 studio rooms and retail outlets on the ground floor.

It will also complete work on the Co Tyrone building firm's McClintock Street scheme.

"These large-scale student accommodation projects give Clarke Facades an opportunity at a local level to showcase and highlight their skills on both projects through completion of both building envelope packages," the firm said.

Mark Wiggins, business development and marketing manager, added: "We are thrilled to have partnered with McAleer & Rushe on both projects.

"These projects add to our growing portfolio of student accommodations completed in the last number of years, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to utilise our skills, particularly with the development of and investment in local landscape.

"The construction market in Belfast seems to be showing positive signs of growth, and we are glad to play our part in it."

McAleer & Rushe, based in Cookstown, recently doubled its pre-tax profits to £10m and is said to be close to landing more high-profile projects.

In 2016, the firm was "on-site" with 22 projects at the end of the year.

McAleer & Rushe is working on the construction of a Maldron Hotel at Brunswick Street in the centre of Belfast.

It will be Irish plc Dalata Group's fourth hotel here.

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