Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone firm McAleer & Rushe progressing on £200m office build

Endorsement: Clive Wilding
Endorsement: Clive Wilding

By Margaret Canning

Co Tyrone construction company McAleer & Rushe has said it's making progress on a £200m UK government project in Edinburgh's Old Town.

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The firm, which is based in Cookstown, is building a seven-floor government building which will eventually house 2,900 workers in New Waverley. It's made up of two interlinked office buildings with nearly 200,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.

McAleer & Rushe is working on the project, on a UNESCO Heritage site, with developers Artisan Real Estate Investors and the UK government.

The site will be the UK government's hub in Scotland and the base for government bodies including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General, the Competition and Markets Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Government Actuary's Department and HM Treasury.

Staff from HMRC, the Health and Safety Executive and the Information Commissioner's Office will also be based there.

Construction has now reached the very top of the structure - a milestone known as 'topping out'.

The office development was sold in October 2017 by Artisan to Legal & General.

Clive Wilding, Artisan's project director, said: "Bringing the UK Government hub right into the historic heart of Edinburgh is a ringing endorsement for what we are building here - not just for New Waverley, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland.

Shane McCullagh, McAleer & Rushe contracts director, said the development was a "strategically important landmark building, which was being delivered on time, on budget and with the highest safety standards".

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