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Revealed: New Gov HQ to be built on old HQ site

Revealed: New Gov HQ to be built on old HQ site

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Revealed: New Gov HQ to be built on old HQ site

Wednesday 17 February 2021


The location of the new Government HQ has been revealed as Cyril Le Marquand House, its old premises.

Under the plans, the Union Street office block will be knocked down to create a new development opening in 2024, which is intended to help reduce the Government's office estate from 21 buildings to six, while bringing in savings of up to £7m a year.

The Government is now in the concluding stages of a procurement process to build the new facility with Jersey Office Developments (1J) Ltd. 

The Government will lease the building for three years once completed, with an option to buy during that time. If that option is not taken up, the Government will agree a longer-term lease.

“Moving to a single headquarters will support the modernisation of our public services and help to provide improved services to islanders, as well as deliver Ministers’ priorities more effectively," Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré commented.

“A new, modern and fit-for-purpose building will reduce our operational costs and address the legacy of underinvestment in office accommodation for our employees. It’s important that we improve the working environment, not only to support employees’ health and wellbeing, but to enable improved teamwork and collaboration across teams and departments. 

“As we are still in contract negotiations, and due to the commercially sensitive nature of this process, we cannot provide more detailed information yet. However, I am very pleased that we have reached this decision. It is positive for islanders and for our town and will be a major step forward for our modernisation programme."

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Posted by Private Individual on
I don't know if anyone has told our government that we are in the middle of a pandemic and that we are literally penniless.

Where is the money coming from for this ridiculous project????

What about the money spenders doing us all a favour and stop thinking of new ways to spend my wages for a day. I might be able to save a tenner a week then for my retirement.

This government is a standing joke.
Posted by Private Individual on
You just couldn't make this up!
Posted by M J on
What a beautiful building , classical French jersey architecture and a real presence in town. Love the corner detail, Bravo .
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Whilst it would be nice to save £7 million per year, has our wonderful Government considered where the MASSIVE cost of demolition and rebuilding Cyril Le Marquand House is going to come from.
We already have a substantial overdraft £ 500 million, which somehow is going to be repaid by previous years income tax payers.
Then we are going to borrow about £ 1,000,000,000 { yes, a billion is a lot } to build and finance our new hospital.
Then this CRAZY idea ~ get a grip Ministers and States members, or don't you want a job at the coming Election ?
Posted by Richard Lock on
The existing property will need to be conveyed to Jersey Office Developments (1J) Limited in order for them to redevelop it. Are the public of the island to be informed how much we are to be paid for the freehold ? Will we be told who the principals are behind the acquiring company ? This is an opportunity for our government to demonstrate its willingness to be open, accountable and transparent rather than seek to play the typical card of “ commercial sensitivity”. This transaction must not be shrouded in secrecy and backed up by formal RICS Red Book valuations placed in the public domain.
Posted by Simone Jones on
This is good. Government has lots of old office sites, so allow them to be redeveloped for housing and then get all workers into one new building. All other companies are doing this and so why shouldn’t our government do the same. Lots of negative comments on here, but let’s focus on progress people!
Posted by IanSmith97 on
There is no doubt it is a good idea to have less government office buildings. As ever, the devil is in the detail. Why can’t they just get someone to build this new building (which looks much nicer than that monstrosity CLM House) and the government own it?
I hope this proposed build-and-lease arrangement is not a Jersey version of the U.K.’s Private Finance Initiative whereby builders build buildings and U.K. departments and even the NHS lease them. With that comes ruinous, really ruinous, maintenance charges. These have had serious effects on the finances of those who lease them. I think someone - Scrutiny? - should ensure this building is not a PFI in all but name. We should be afraid, very afraid.
Posted by Paul Acton-Phillips on
When are the next elections?
Posted by nigel pearce on
IanSmith97 is describing exactly what drove Debenhams into bankruptcy.
Posted by Donal Dolo on
a beuitiful building demolished no please no wake up stop this nonesense
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