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GALLERY: Plans for Waterfront overhaul submitted

GALLERY: Plans for Waterfront overhaul submitted

Wednesday 26 January 2022

GALLERY: Plans for Waterfront overhaul submitted

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Plans have been formally submitted for an ambitious redevelopment of the Waterfront, including 1,000 units of accommodation, offices, shops, restaurants and a new leisure complex.

If approved, the existing cinema building, car parks and La Fregate will also make way for new gardens, cycle routes, pavilions and a new slipway onto the beach at West Park.

The outline planning application details the Jersey Development Company envisages where everything will go, but finer details will be subject to further applications.

The application will be subject to an independent planning inquiry which will take place later this year.

Described as a "landscape-led framework", the plan includes a number of "public realm areas", including a “re-imagined” Jardins de la Mer, a “green spine” towards the sea, and a multifunctional town square which will be the main hub of activity.

The plans are broken down into a number of zones, including a commercial area and a “Gateway Zone” close to the junction where the Esplanade meets the underpass road.

A “special gateway building” will be constructed here to “bookend the entrance” to the town with community and arts uses on the ground floor.

Overall, the building heights will be capped at a maximum of eight storeys, although the plans envisage this gateway building being up to 12 storeys.

If approved, the whole development area – called ‘South West St. Helier’ – will have 568 new trees, 1,001 homes, four restaurants, two bars, ten cafes, two gyms, an outdoor lido, an art-house cinema, two GP practices, a nursery, a large convenience store and six smaller shops and 17,000 sq m of office space.

It will also have 335 public car parking spaces, 85 commercial spaces, 393 residents’ spaces, more than 2,000 bicycle spaces and 283 public spaces for motorbikes. 

The homes will be 40% one-bedroom, 40% two-bedroom and 20% three-bedroom.

The development will be entirely financed by the Jersey Development Company, with residential sales from early phases of the project paying for the public amenities.


The 'gateway building' could be up to 12 storeys high...

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How the 'play hub' is expected to look in the re-imagined Jardins de la Mer...

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An illustrative view of the art-house cinema and 'cycle hub'...

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An artist's impression of the waterfront roundabout, looking to the south-west...

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Looking across the current waterfront car park, which the plans envisage will be extended and remodelled... 

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How the central lane may look in the new development...

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An illustrative view of the new 'Waterfront Square' and the Esplanade...

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How the new Waterfront may look from the north-west...

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A map of the area...

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Posted by gordon le claire on
just looking at the drawings looks like the flat will look right in to each other so only way for a bit of privacy would be to have the curtains closed all the time
Posted by gordon le claire on
so new shops bars cafes even through a lot of the existing ones are closing down a lots already empty in the town our government are going to let the states owned building company do more.
forgive me if I am wrong but there are still empty officers in the ones already built
Posted by nigel pearce on
It looks like the buildings will have no architectural beauty. Just the usual blocks of pre-fabricated builds that will be ready for demolition in 40-60 years time. Is it not possible to have something of beauty built that will still be a credit to the island in one hundred years time, even if it means less profit?
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Is this really Jersey ??
What a total mess, surely the architects can come up with something that is more akin to the real Jersey, that we want our visitors to see and enjoy.
The buildings are too high ~ the 12 storey buildings dreadful ~ and we certainly don't need more office space.
St Helier town centre is condemned to die a slow and painful death whilst foreign construction companies make a massive profit from OUR land.
Posted by Sheila Young on
Talking of town plans "THE Millennium Town Park could almost double in size following Andium Homes’ decision to drop plans to develop the former Jersey Gas headquarters." It will be great news for St Helier residents if the park is doubled in size. As for the waterfront is already massively over developed.
Posted by Philip Hudson on
Jersey waterfront from its conception a total debacle a big joke.... pathetic !!!

I know lived there overlooking elizabeth marina for 3 years....
During this 3 years I read stuff "world class this" "world class that" the people involved in this development should be ashamed of themselves......they delivered zero.
Obviously nothing world class about it ..
I do wonder who these people are, the people involved who spout all this rubbish,
They are for sure total amateurs, I do think GOD help us, what are they on.
Posted by Scott Mills on
same same but same, can anyone anywhere come up with something original, than the standard office, shops, restaurants, cafes...a lot are currently struggling yet they believe there is more to add to this market. I've always said this government are riding above their wave...trying to make the waterfront like monaco....they want to attract rich people...end locals will provide service in rents to said people. Why not give waterfront an outdoor water park for everyone to enjoy. These images and ideas are so obviously out of date already (much like when the current waterfront was built).
Posted by Barney Rubble on
I had to register & leave a comment for the first time in many years of reading Bailiwick just to share my disappointment in these plans…..far too high, too many offices, bars, restaurants… on earth are we supporting the St Helier Town Centre (which has character) if this plan goes ahead?
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