• 5 February 2020

Jersey’s Horizon brings exclusive waters-edge homes to St Helier’s waterfront

Jersey’s capital, St Helier, has experienced sustained growth in residential and commercial development over recent years. With increasing numbers of residents and visitors enjoying the town’s thriving high-end retail and fine-dining offering, balmy weather and panoramic sea views, this historic coastal location looks set to remain popular for many years to come.

With the global financial industry hub – including the International Finance Centre (IFC) buildings – at its heart, the environs of St Helier’s harbour and waterfront have become a sought-after place to live, work and relax. Making the most of this thriving harbour-side location, stunning new residential development, Horizon, offers residents stunning sea views and an enviable range of retail, leisure and dining amenities on their doorstep.

An exclusive collection of 280 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM International)-designed Horizon sets a new standard in luxury waterfront living for Jersey.

Each apartment is framed by floor to ceiling glazing with a private balcony, providing even greater access to the incredible views of the sea, coast and nearby 16th-century Elizabeth Castle situated in St Aubin’s Bay. Featuring individually designed, hand crafted Italian kitchens, the units offer residents a luxurious, light and bright open-plan space focused on functionality and quality.

Externally the blocks are designed to connect the waterfront with an urban lifestyle, complementing the location with a sleek design whilst respecting the historic setting. Horizon maximises public space with avenues, terraces and squares, furthering the connection between the building and its marina location.

Continuing Waterman’s longstanding relationship working with the Government of Jersey’s property development arm – Jersey Development Company (JDC) on the Esplanade Quarter site, this project sees us work with JDC once more, alongside their joint-venture partner, Groupe Legendre.

Comprising three nine-storey buildings, incorporating 20,000 ft2 retail and restaurant space, above a two-storey development-wide basement, the scheme is located on an area of reclaimed land with a large tidal range and below-ground water. Our specialists provided design consultancy services for the challenging basement-level, covering contamination, hydrogeology and geotechnical aspects, in addition to the structure and highways on the site.

Our structures and civils teams provided detailed design input to set the site’s geometry and spatial arrangement, whilst our building services team are providing client-side compliance monitoring for the MEP services and lift installation. With triangular buildings sitting in a fan arrangement to maximise the incredible views from apartments, the blocks required careful structural design at first floor and podium level, whilst giving consideration for the building transfers at ground floor level and accommodating the maximum number of parking bays.

Sequenced construction of the three blocks began in May this year, with ‘East’ due to complete in summer 2021, ‘South’ in winter 2021 and ‘West’ scheduled for a spring 2022 completion.

Lee Henry, Jersey Development Company’s Managing Director said; “Not only will Horizon create a new standard of waterside living in St Helier, the scheme will also greatly improve the connectivity between the historic town and thriving waterfront. We’re also delighted to be advancing the Horizon development with our joint venture partners – Groupe Legendre and Waterman – whom we’ve had a very successful working relationship for a number of years.”

Richard Whitehead, Director of Waterman Structures, said; “The Horizon development will create a vibrant new destination for St Helier as we continue our successful decade-long working relationship with JDC. We are delighted to be playing a part in creating premium homes, retail and leisure space at the heart of one of Jersey’s most sought-after locations.”

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