Plans to demolish an Esplanade office and old merchant's warehouse - while retaining or replacing its historic facades - to build a five-storey office block have been approved.
Dandara applied to planning to 8-9 Esplanade and 10-12 Commercial Street, St. Helier to knock down the building, which used to house Zebra Hire Cars, except the Listed No 10 on Commercial Street and the front of No 9 on the Esplanade.
In its place, the developer will build a five-storey office with car parking and bike storage.
Its planning statement says: “The proposal is to retain the three-storey facade to 9 Esplanade (Howard House); replace the facade to 8 Esplanade with a four storey facade, with the upper two floors to 9 Esplanade and the upper floor to 8 Esplanade recessed back with minimal impact from street level.
Picture: The historic rear of the building in Commercial Street will be retained.
It continues: “The building height (up to parapet level) would be 18.7m on the Esplanade side.
"The Grade 2 Listed 10 Commercial Street building is retained as a single entity and the remaining buildings will be demolished to form a 3,250sqm five-storey building with car parking for 11 spaces and ground-floor coverage storage for 40 bicycles, 40 lockers and four showers.”
Dandara has been given permission to replace the Grade 4 Listed facade of 8 Esplanade and replace it with a design which has been assessed as having “an overall neutral affect”.
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