Major boost to Jersey’s finance sector as latest IFC scheme completes

8 December 2023

Jersey Development Company’s (JDC’s) latest office building, IFC6, at St Helier’s International Finance Centre is now complete.

Delivered as a turnkey package for the new occupier, Aztec Group, the 69,500 sq ft BREEAM Excellent, Grade A commercial scheme provides five-storeys of ‘super-prime’ office accommodation. Aztec will occupy floors one to four, with the ground-floor office utilised by banking and trust company, Butterfield Group. The remainder of the ground floor will provide 4,000 sq ft of retail space for an al fresco restaurant operator.

Working in collaboration with JDC and architect Reza Schuster, formerly of MJP Architects, our team has provided multidisciplinary support for the award-winning IFC development for over a decade. This successful relationship has seen us provide structural, building services and geo-environmental designs, in addition to delivering sustainability, acoustics and transport advice for each of the IFC schemes.

IFC 6 is the third building in the development situated at the heart of Jersey’s central business district. Located to the west of the award-winning IFC 5 building, the scheme offers private underground parking and an extension to the popular public landscaped area, Trenton Square, as well as access to terraces with stunning views. This exceptional commercial development has been designed to meet the highest standards of BCO specification, with dynamic floor plates meeting the needs of a variety of occupier types, accommodating future flexibility for two tenancies per floor.

Our structural design utilises a steel frame to optimise floor plate adaptability and features long spans to reduce columns, creating a clear and open workspace. Carefully coordinating our designs, our engineering experts developed a fully integrated services and structures zone which reduced the floor-to-floor heights, keeping the building below the sensitive planning height limits.

Continuing the sustainability centred ethos of IFC 5 and IFC 1, our MEP strategy for IFC6 reduces carbon emissions by 30% beyond regulatory requirements. Low energy LED lighting with daylight dimming controls combine with heating and cooling delivered by high efficiency heat pumps to drive down energy consumption in use. Mounted discretely at roof level, the ventilation plant features high efficiency thermal wheels to pre-heat the outside air using waste heat normally exhausted from the building. Our energy specialists also worked closely with MJP Architects to develop a façade strategy which maximises useful daylight, enhancing occupier wellness whilst employing high performance glass to cut over two thirds of the solar heat gain.

We provided geo-environmental support for the scheme since its planning stages, including contaminated land remediation advice and compliance monitoring. Additionally, our civils and transportation team undertook the access and drainage studies for planning, also producing the detailed design for the external highways and drainage works for the ramp and public realm.

Commenting on IFC 6’s completion, Mark Terndrup, Waterman’s Managing Director of Building Services South, said: “Extending the success of the wider IFC development, this latest scheme provides exceptional workspaces which will continue to support the growth of Jersey’s finance sector. We worked closely with both JDC and Reza Schuster, formerly of MJP Architects once again to deliver an optimum solution which unlocked the space’s potential. It has been a pleasure to build on our fantastic relationship with JDC and we look forward to continuing this for many years to come”.

IFC 6 has obtained a WiredScore ‘Gold’ certification for its digital connectivity providing best-in-class digital experience for tenants. Want to find out more about how we’re helping deliver sustainable workplaces for the future? Click here to head to our Commercial page.

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