• 26 August 2020

St Helier’s Waterfront to be transformed under new plans

Jersey’s capital to receive a major new leisure, commercial and residential destination under ambitious emerging plans.

Waterman is delighted to see new plans for the regeneration of St Helier’s Waterfront receive positive comments prior to more formal public engagement before proceeding to the master planning stage.

Set to totally transform the area, the plans are anticipated to turn the Waterfront zone into a major destination for visitors and residents alike. Responding to the results of the initial public consultation, and pursuant to Jersey government’s South West St. Helier Planning Framework, the ambitious proposals for the development include the addition of a National Art Gallery, amphitheatre, public park, re-designed indoor and brand new outdoor swimming pools, a new public park, landscaped gardens at Les Jardins de la Mer, an underground public car park and a boardwalk pier.

Over 1,000 new homes will also be created under the scheme, with ground floor space for a gym, creche, food and beverage outlets. The new amenities at the Waterfront will all be linked with the rest of St Helier via a landscaped bridge, spanning the Route de La Libération.

Award-winning architects, Gillespies, were appointed after winning a design competition for the scheme, run by Jersey Development Company (JDC) and the Design Council. Their impressive portfolio includes the roof gardens at Google’s Kings Cross headquarters, the re-imagined former BBC Television Centre and the City of London Sky Garden.

JDC, who purchased the leisure complex which forms part of the Waterfront site in 2018, will now consult with the public about the proposals, aiming to allocate priorities accordingly across three ‘key opportunity sites’ in the Waterfront zone, whilst also looking to set the criteria for an accompanying commercial and residential development.

Waterman have been appointed to provide Structural, Civil, MEP and Environmental Consultancy services for the Waterfront Masterplan, and will work closely with JDC and Gillespies to develop the full potential of this key St Helier site.

JDC’s Managing Director, Lee Henry, said in a recent statement: “This will be a real step change for St Helier’s important Waterfront… JDC are committed to ensuring the end result is a Waterfront that is landscape led, environmentally focused and available for all members of the community to enjoy.”

Richard Whitehead, Waterman’s Structures Director, said: “I am delighted to see the plans for the transformation of St Helier’s Waterfront progress to this stage. We have worked closely with JDC for several years to deliver highly sustainable, world-class designs in St Helier. All of which are strengthening Jersey’s position as a leading destination, both for travel and commerce and as a place to live and work. We look forward to continuing our involvement in this exciting scheme and to seeing the plans come to fruition in the near future.”

Waterman has worked with JDC to deliver a wide range of projects, including Jersey Hospital’s Nightingale Wing, the International Finance Centre buildings and the Horizon residential development.

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