Press Release 14.02.2022

Plans submitted for improved public access to Fort Regent from Snow Hill

Gillespies, in collaboration with MJP Architects, have submitted plans for the creation of a new pedestrian lift, bridge and new park from Snow Hill to Fort Regent, a 19th-century fortification in St Helier, Jersey.

The proposals submitted for planning by the States of Jersey Development Company (JDC), in response to a request from the Government of Jersey Regeneration Steering Group (RSG) include extensive improvements to the public realm in the Snow Hill and Hill Street area.

If approved, this will be one of the early phases of the works to regenerate Fort Regent as part of the Government of Jersey’s re-development proposals.

A series of exciting public realm interventions bring moments of joy between Hill Street and Fort Regent, significantly improving the pedestrian and cycle day and night experience. Public realm improvements include improved access with a wide step connection and refurbished footpaths, biodiverse and climate positive planting, sustainable drainage, new bleacher terraces and varied seating opportunities for locals and visitors to dwell and socialise, opportunities for pop-up food stalls and markets, new functional and feature lighting and new wayfinding and information signage.

The plans will also deliver a refurbished Hill Street toilet facility with a green roof and green wall façade to boost local biodiversity, flexible paved areas for impromptu performances, and temporary and permanent art displays.

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, as Chair of the RSG, commented: “I am very pleased that a solution has been found to create pedestrian access from Snow Hill to Fort Regent. This application is a major first step towards the Government’s commitment to regenerate Fort Regent and I am looking forward to the wider regeneration plans being developed later this year, following the appointment of the Master-planning design team.”

Key elements of the scheme are:

• Improved hard and soft landscaping

•Widened step connection from Hill Street

• Embankment planting and bleacher seating

• Improved lighting, signage and street furniture

• Relocate and enclose (with terrace above) the current refuse facility

• Install a ‘green roof’ and reclad the public WCs and sub-station building

• Retention of the taxi rank pick-up and drop-off point

• Upgrades to the bus shelter

• Relocation of the motorcycle parking to an undercover facility in Green Street’s Car Park

The Constable of St. Helier, Simon Crowcroft, said: “This offers an exciting opportunity for town residents and workers to easily access Fort Regent. The Fort is a valuable asset for St. Helier and enhancements to the external landscaping will coincide with the delivery of the lift.”