College Gardens Construction Firm Announced
Jersey Development Company (JDC) has agreed and signed terms with local construction firm Rok Regal to redevelop the former Jersey College for Girls site at La Pouquelaye. The value of the 187-unit contract is in the region of £40 million. Main construction work has now commenced and the development will be completed in phases between April 2018 and April 2019.
The development, now known as College Gardens, will directly benefit the local economy as ROK Regal and all of its sub-contractors are local companies. Additional benefits include 100 per cent of all profits being paid back to the Treasury once the development has been completed.
JDC Managing Director Lee Henry said:“The development secures the future of the site and provides much-needed affordable homes within the town area. We started selling units off-plan in August last year and the response has been phenomenal. Pre-sale agreements have been reached for more than 90 per cent of the available units which means JDC successfully exceeded its target to match construction value before site work commenced. We are particularly pleased that 40 units have been secured by the Jersey Housing Trust to provide social housing for over 55’s and 40 Shared Equity units are going to local first-time buyers.”
Robert Matthews, CEO of Rok Regal commented: “We are obviously delighted to be involved with this prestigious project and landmark building which played an important part of Jersey Life for many decades. We will be employing a significant amount of local contractors to undertake the project which will benefit the island’s economy, including a wide range of employment opportunities from site management to trade operatives and apprentices over the next 30 months.”
The development provides a unique setting with extensive private gardens, pétanque pitch, reading areas and a gym. Nightingale House, the imposing iconic JCG Victorian listed building was home to thousands of JCG pupils from 1888 until 1999. The much-loved building will be renovated throughout and will include two, three and four bedroom units. Five brand new blocks will be built behind Nightingale House and each of the new residence blocks will be named after the former JCG ‘House’ names; Austen-Bartlett, Cavell, Curie-Fry, Garrett-Anderson and Inglis.
Many of the purchasers have bought into the community-feel of the site and it’s anticipated it will create a real sense of community spirit for the residents. A broad range of people have bought units with most being owner-occupiers ranging from former pupils, young professionals and those wishing to down-size.
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