McAleer & Rushe appointed to deliver 65 Crutched Friars PBSA

Dominus appoints McAleer & Rushe to deliver the 65 Crutched Friars purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development alongside a permanent home for London’s Migration Museum.

McAleer & Rushe has been appointed to deliver the 65 Crutched Friars PBSA development in London | Dominus | PBSA News
McAleer & Rushe has been appointed to deliver the 65 Crutched Friars PBSA development in London.

Following planning approval last month, specialist design and build contractor McAleer & Rushe has been appointed by developer Dominus Real Estate to create a permanent home for London’s Migration Museum and provide new essential student homes at 65 Crutched Friars.

The development will form part of a landmark mixed-use scheme in the heart of the City of London, worth a construction contract value of over £100m.

The 65 Crutched Friars development will include a new 21-storey PBSA building that will provide over 700 student homes in a mix of premium studios, studios, twodios, threedios and affordable cluster bedrooms. These homes will be complemented by green spaces open to the public, such as a new pocket park and public roof terrace.

McAleer & Rushe have started demolition works, and the major transformation of the former office block is due to begin in Spring 2024, with the accommodation at Crutched Friars set to be ready for the 2027/28 student intake.

“We’re thrilled to be delivering this prominent mixed-use scheme in the City of London as Construction Partner with Dominus. Our decade-long collaboration, involving several successful projects throughout the UK, is rooted in shared values and a commitment to delivering positive social value impact and community outreach. Crutched Friars is a prime example of our early engagement approach in action and with our experienced teams behind us, we are looking forward to working on this landmark visionary scheme with all stakeholders involved.”

Mark Diamond, Senior Director, McAleer & Rushe
The development will be home to the London Migration Museum | McAleer & Rushe | Dominus | PBSA News
The development will be home to the London Migration Museum.

Located on the eastern edge of the City of London, the scheme has been designed to be sustainable in both construction and operation, targeting a BREEAM Outstanding rating, utilising offsite manufacturing including prefabricated bathroom pods, a precast and unitised façade and both blue and green biodiverse roofs.

Designed by award-winning Danish architectural studio 3XN, amenities include social and study spaces, private dining rooms, study areas, a gym and wellness zones, TV lounge, entertainment spaces and external roof top terraces.

“Partnering with McAleer & Rushe is a great next step in bringing 65 Crutched Friars to life and delivering much needed new student accommodation to the City of London.

“The scheme’s central location, proximity to universities, cutting-edge amenity spaces, customer-centric operating method, and the provision of a new and permanent home for the Migration Museum, illustrates our commitment to meaningful regeneration that benefits both people and place.”

Lee Saywack, Executive Director, Dominus

The 65 Crutched Friars PBSA development also secures the future of London’s Migration Museum with a purpose-built, three-floor 30,000 sq ft space, which will be free-to-enter thanks to a 60-year lease granted by the Ahluwalia family, with no rent or service charge payable, alongside a new pocket park.