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Work on new finance centre to start in days

Work on new finance centre to start in days

Tuesday 09 June 2015

Work on new finance centre to start in days

Tuesday 09 June 2015

Builders will move on to the Jersey International Finance Centre site in less than a fortnight.

Days after a protest saw almost 2,000 gather at the site and with a major Scrutiny report due in weeks, the developers have confirmed that work on the first of six offices – a six-storey, 67,000 sq-ft block which will be partially occupied by Swiss bank UBS – is due to begin on or around 22 June, when the site is handed over to contractor Camerons.

The organisers of Sunday's protest, led by former St Brelade Deputy Sean Power, are calling for the start of building to be delayed until a Scrutiny panel of States backbenchers produces a report into the financial arrangements underpinning the development.

But at a hearing of that Corporate Services panel on Monday, Jersey Development Company Managing Director Lee Henry – who leads the States-owned quango that develops public property – said that JDC would hand over the first building’s plot, which is in the corner of the Esplanade car park closest to Castle Street, on Monday 22 June and UBS would be working in the building by the end of February 2017.

“We signed a construction agreement with contractor Camerons on 29 May, shortly after we had signed a pre-let agreement with UBS,” Mr Henry told the panel, which is chaired by St Lawrence Deputy John Le Fondré. “This phase includes the six-storey block, ramp access to basement parking, a public space around the building and temporary public parking to the south-west of the site.”

UBS has agreed to lease 16,350 sq ft, roughly a quarter, of the first block (rather confusingly referred to as ‘Building 4’) and have an option to lease another 7,000 sq-ft. Another company has signed a binding ‘heads of terms’ agreement to rent 5,000 sq-ft.

JDC say that 13 Jersey-based businesses have expressed an interest to move into the JIFC. If interest translates to firm agreements, 330,000 sq-ft will be leased over the next five years. JDC say that development will generate £50m of profit for the States over the next decade.

A proposition by St Brelade Deputy Montfort Tadier to hold an Island-wide referendum on the finance centre is due to be debated on Tuesday 16 June.

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Posted by david forde on
So once more the totally inept and ignorant ministers ignore both facts and the people! With the next property debackle of their old JCG issue snapping at their collective heels! Government has absolutely NO business, in being in any business; as is more than amply demonstrated every time they try!
Posted by June OKeeffe on
I am more than ever convinced we are robots. The States just push the on off button when it suits and do not listen to those that make the island a lovely place but instead turn it into the greedy non caring hell run by evil, why doesnt anyone listen to us
Posted by Simon Dodkins on
It seems less and less like democracy and transparency actually matter here. I will say that EVERY politician who voted in favour of this development will NOT get my vote at the next election.
Posted by Carol Hector on
So no new business's coming to the island then, just Jersey based business leaving an empty office space behind to fill ones not really needed then at all and probably paying no rent either for however many years, no wonder he can find companies willing to move when it's costing them nothing.
Posted by Jon Needham on
Looking at todays headlines - HSBC job cuts and the old JCG site undersold is the Minster really confident. The plan as is is totally premised on recycling existing tenants. If it were new tenants a different story but that is blatantly not the case. This does not sound like a sound foundation for an investment of this scale. It should not be in public sector hands.
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