A major redevelopment of the Harbour has taken a significant step forward today, with Ports of Jersey applying to Planning to demolish the Elizabeth Terminal and replace it with a new curved building.
The Government-owned ports’ operator is asking for permission to not only replace the terminal but also create a new ‘lift-on, lift-off’ berth next to the existing ‘ro-ro’ ramps in the Elizabeth Harbour.
They say that this move will increase handling capacity, maximise the efficiency of port operations and allow for future capacity requirements.
Pictured: The existing Elizabeth Harbour (top) compared to the proposed redevelopment plans (bottom).
The space, west of the Albert Pier, is currently a ‘splash beach’ which is used to absorb the impact of swells running into the Harbour from the Small Roads.
Submitted plans include dredging a new berth ‘pocket’, building a suspended deck over the splash beach and reclaiming land to create new hardstanding, and moving a crane which currently stands on the New North Quay.
The application includes construction of a new customs inspection hall and vehicle security search building close to the new terminal.
Pictured: An overview of the plans.
The proposed new layout also includes an area of public realm which takes into consideration views from the consultation process. It will include marine pocket parks and a recreational area for children.
It also improves access to the observation area south-west of Elizabeth Marina, and views of Elizabeth Castle.
The planning application incorporates a comprehensive Environmental Statement which includes mitigations for the impact of the construction activities, including dredging, in the Elizabeth Harbour area.
The buildings include solar panels and are designed with circular design principles, and the project aims to minimise any environmental impact while also providing social value for the island.
Pictured: The new passenger terminal is proposed as a curved structure to the north-west of the current building.
Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, said: “This is a significant milestone in our ambition to increase capacity, flexibility and resilience in our freight handling ability. It also proposes significant improvements to the passenger experience for those using the new terminal.
"At the heart of the plans are sustainable design and construction methods which are aligned with our Ports, Planet and People Plan, and the Government of Jersey’s Carbon Neutral Roadmap.”
The planning application is the first phase of a proposed major redevelopment of St Helier Harbour, which includes increasing its freight-handling capacity and building homes and leisure facilities on the New North Quay.
The planning process is expected to take around six months.
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