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Celebrating the completion of the College Garden development

Jersey Development Company celebrated the official completion of the College Gardens residential development on Wednesday 12th June. We marked the occasion by unveiling the ‘percentage for art’ sculpture which resides in front of the Greek Theatre on the lawn at the development.

We were honoured to have the presence of Sir William Bailhache, Bailiff of Jersey with other officials and guests. Speeches from St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft, Treasury Minister Deputy Susie Pinel, JDC’s Managing Director Lee Henry and also Chris Clifford, the ‘percentage of art’ project appointee were heard before we celebrated the completion of this significant project with the unveiling of the percentage for art sculpture.

Jersey Development Company is the States of Jersey’s property development arm and its remit is to complete the development of St Helier’s Waterfront and regenerate any surplus Government owned property. 

 Profits generated by the Company are either repatriated to the Treasury and Exchequer, invested in public infrastructure or re-invested into other development projects; all of which benefit the public of the island.

 Jersey Development Company’s objective is to add value for the public of Jersey whether that be financially, socially and/or environmentally.

 The former Jersey College for Girls site was identified as being surplus to Government requirements, and the Regeneration Steering Group – the panel that oversees and provides political direction to the activities of the Company - agreed for this important island asset to be regenerated by JDC.

 This was the first development site outside of the Waterfront area to be acquired by JDC and was the Company’s first residential project.

 The site was the home to the Jersey College for Girls from 1888 to 1999 and we were very cognisant of the significance of the property from a cultural, social and historical perspective – particularly as it was one of the first girls only colleges in the British Isles.  We were delighted that JCG Head Carl Howarth, Margaret Stone, Dr Susan Taylor and the JCG Foundation were present for the occasion and we warmly thanked them for their support and engagement throughout the project.

 The La Pouquelaye site was acquired by JDC in 2015. We worked closely with Waddington Architects to develop a design that would regenerate and modernise the original Victorian building whilst retaining its most iconic features.

 Converting the building from educational to residential use required significant adaption, including; a new internal structure and roof to encompass the latest acoustic and thermal requirements. Two staircases were refurbished and retained, along with the primary corridors on the ground, first and second floors. Other original features have also been refurbished and reinstated, including skirtings and architraves in the communal areas.

 We also wanted to save the magnificent oak-panelled library that was bequeathed to the College to mark its 50th anniversary in 1930. Rather than leave it behind closed doors in the refurbished building, JDC worked with Carl Howarth and his team at JCG to repatriate the entire library into the current JCG at Mont Millais.

 This was a significant cultural project that was designed by Waddingtons and skilfully carried out by local joinery firm Whittinghams. It was fortuitous that JCG had a similar sized room in its current library which meant each panel could be carefully removed, size adjusted, restored and reinstated. We are very pleased to have played our part in saving this important cultural feature.

 College Gardens comprises 187 one, two and three bedroom homes; all of which were sold off-plan prior to the development’s completion. One hundred and seven apartments were sold on the open market and eighty units were delivered as Affordable Homes - forty were sold to the Jersey Homes Trust for social rental housing and forty units were sold as Shared Equity units to eligible first-time buyers, who were pre-qualified through the island’s Housing Gateway.

 The £40m construction contract was awarded to ROK Regal Construction in September 2016 with phased completions, the first units were occupied from April 2018 with the final phase completed this May.

 As well as delivering a significant number of Affordable Homes, the College Gardens development has generated a net profit of £5m.  This profit will be invested in public infrastructure over the next couple of years as agreed with our Shareholder, the Minister of Treasury and Resources.

 Lee Henry, Managing Director said in his speech that it had been a complex development and would not have been possible without the support from the Treasury Shareholder, the States’ Regeneration Steering Group and the JDC Board of Directors.

 Lee also thanked the dedicated team at JDC, ROK-Regal construction and their various local sub-contractors for completing a quality build and the project’s design team Waddington Architects, Hartigan, Henderson Green and Tillyard, the project funder HSBC and the managing agent, ND Property Management.

 The final thanks went to Michael Van Neste of the Jersey Homes Trust and the purchasers of the apartments at College Gardens for putting their faith in JDC to deliver their new homes. Lee commented that he hoped the new residents would be very happy at College Gardens and that the new northern St Helier community would thrive and go from strength to strength.

 Lee closed by thanking Peter Marrett and the JCG school band for providing fantastic music at the event.

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