Dalata Hotel Group plc (“Dalata”) has signed a 35 year FRI lease with Northern Ireland based developer, McAleer & Rushe, for a new four-star Maldron Hotel in Newcastle city centre.

The new 100,000 sq.ft, six-storey hotel is strategically located on Newgate Street and will be developed by McAleer & Rushe, who have worked closely with Dalata on a wide range of projects throughout the UK & Ireland.


The site is a short walk from Central Train Station, opposite Eldon Square Shopping Centre in the heart of the city and close to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC. The hotel, which is expected to open in summer 2018, will offer 226 air-conditioned bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and business centre facilities.

Alongside the flagship hotel, the redevelopment of the former Newgate Centre comprises 185,000 sq.ft of student accommodation operated by the Unite Group Plc to deliver 575 beds, as well as 20,000 sq.ft foot of modern retail and leisure space, making it a truly mixed-use scheme with all the associated long-term economic and employment benefits for the city.


Stephen Surphlis, Property Director at McAleer & Rushe, added:

“The addition of this quality hotel brand reflects the wider importance of this entire mixed-use development and will be a major asset to the city as a whole, as well as attracting business and leisure travellers to Newcastle. We look forward to working alongside Dalata, for whom we have previously delivered numerous projects”.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO Business Development and Finance at Dalata, said:

““This development provides us with an exciting opportunity to launch our Maldron brand in the English market, in line with our strategy of rolling out our Clayton and Maldron brands in the large regional UK cities. We are delighted to be working on this project with our development partner, McAleer & Rushe, and look forward to opening in Newcastle in summer 2018”.