JDC completes latest IFC office building
IFC 6, the third office building at the Waterfront’s International Finance Centre has been successfully completed by the Jersey Development Company (JDC). Sited on the western approaches to the underpass and adjacent to IFC 5, the 69,500 sq.ft. five storey Super-Prime, Grade A office building will be fully occupied by two leading local financial services businesses. The completed building includes a 46% expansion of Trenton Square which will provide additional public areas for both office occupants and visitors to enjoy.
IFC 6 has been built to a high-quality specification by locally based, main contractor ROK Regal Construction. To meet the specifications of other world-leading financial centres, JDC retained the award-winning design team from IFC 1 and IFC 5. The team included Reza Schuster, formerly of MJP Architects, and full-service engineers Waterman Group. JDC’s sole letting agent for IFC 6 was D2 Real Estate and construction finance was provided via a third-party locally based bank, HSBC.
The IFC buildings are providing Jersey with ‘Super-Prime’ Grade A office accommodation in a flagship business district that provides high quality, flexible and sustainable accommodation. IFC 6 is rated as ‘Excellent’ in the BREEAM rating scheme, the world’s leading third-party certification of a building’s environmental performance. Key advantages to the IFC buildings include the benefit of natural light on all four elevations, column free floorplates providing complete flexibility on fit-out and high-performing unitised facades that are factory tested and assembled ensuring high-quality.
The building has also achieved WiredScore Gold status, the first office building in Jersey to achieve this certificate. The WiredScore scheme assesses, certifies and improves digital connectivity in offices on a global scale.
Lee Henry, CEO of JDC said: “Jersey Development Company is the Government’s regeneration arm and we are supporting the Government and the Island by delivering critical infrastructure that will serve the local community for many decades to come. It is essential that the Island’s leading industry is able to operate effectively and efficiently and having the right quality office accommodation from a design and specification perspective is of critical importance. We are delighted to have been entrusted by: Aztec Group, to deliver their new office for their 600 Jersey based staff, and Butterfield Bank for their Jersey operation and wish them every success in their new office accommodation. These lettings for 18 years and 15 years respectively, demonstrate the commitment by these businesses to Jersey and the continuing strong demand for modern, efficient and sustainable office accommodation in St. Helier.”
The building also provides 4,000 sq.ft of ground floor space along with al fresco areas for a restaurant operator. This food and beverage use will further activate Trenton Square and provide an amenity for both the office occupiers of the IFC and the wider community. JDC is currently in early negotiations with a food and beverage operator.