IFC 2 gets the go-ahead
Waterman is delighted that planning approval has been granted for IFC 2, the largest building designed to date at the International Finance Centre (IFC), in the heart of Jersey’s central business district.
The MJP Architects-designed IFC 2 will complete the quartet of office buildings around newly created Trenton Square. Setting a benchmark for environmentally sustainable Grade A office accommodation, the seven-storey building will offer 95,000 ft2 of office space, with 5,000 ft2 of retail and restaurant units at ground floor level and basement parking with capacity for 120 bicycles and 41 vehicles.
This latest scheme is borne from the success of the previous IFC developments. Prominently located on the corner of the Esplanade and Castle Street, IFC 1 was the first scheme to be successfully handed over in March 2017. The 68,000 ft2 IFC 1 was joined by neighbouring IFC 5 in September 2018, bringing an additional 69,000 ft2 of office accommodation across six storeys. IFC 1 and IFC 5 are now both occupied, with construction of a further 68,000 ft2 of Super-Prime Grade A offices at IFC 6 set to begin later in the year.
Waterman has been heavily involved in the development for over a decade. Building on our longstanding relationship with the States of Jersey Development Company (JDC), our structures, building services and infrastructure & environment teams are delivering a full multi-disciplinary engineering service for IFC 2.
Waterman’s Board Director for Structures, Richard Whitehead, said: “Each IFC building has presented its own unique challenges and designing IFC2 was no exception. We employed BIM very early to optimise the steel frame design and maximise the spans to create open, virtually column-free space which will deliver exceptional office space.”
With energy conservation at the top of the JDC’s agenda, all of their offices have been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with IFC 1 becoming the first building to achieve the rating in Jersey. IFC 2 will push the boundaries of sustainability even further, with the design taking a holistic approach to reduce the development’s carbon footprint and water consumption, whilst aspiring to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.
Our sustainability experts collaborated closely with MJP to design a building which responds to the local climate and will reduce energy and water use through intelligent design. Through the extensive use of PV cells, a triple-glazed façade incorporating solar interlayers, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and intelligent air supply systems, our design will cut IFC 2’s energy consumption by a third compared to regulatory requirements.
Reduction in the use of natural resources has been high on the agenda too, with full rainwater and grey water recycling systems proposed, which will drive down water consumption to save 1.5 million litres per year.
Waterman’s Director, Mark Terndrup, said; “It’s fantastic to see IFC 2 secure planning permission. We are delighted to be working alongside JDC once more, continuing our successful relationship with this scheme. Our innovative design will help set a new benchmark for low energy commercial office design on Jersey and we look forward to seeing IFC 2 commence in the near future.”