|Title:||St Helier Waterfront Visioning Framework, Jersey, Channel Islands|
|Markets:||Public Realm, Mixed-use|
|Client:||Jersey Development Company (JDC)|
|Services:||Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning and Urban Design|
|Team:||HETA Architects, Iceni Projects, WSP, Waterman Group and MS Planning|
The regeneration of St Helier Waterfront aims to create an exemplary waterfront community that sets a new standard in urban regeneration. A network of recreational and social spaces will encourage healthy lifestyles and offer valuable places for a growing community to flourish.
The 11.5-ha development for client Jersey Development Company (JDC) will, over the next ten years, radically transform the SWSH area into a vibrant, energetic, and climate-resilient urban neighbourhood anchored by exciting new destinations and connected by a network of streets and green spaces.
The proposals will deliver significant new community spaces, including 32,301m² of commercial, social infrastructure, cultural and leisure facilities, 1,000 new homes and over 65,755m² of vibrant, fully accessible public realm. Proposed leisure facilities include a new indoor swimming pool, gym and children’s aquatics centre, an outdoor lido, an indoor kids’ zone and outdoor play provision.
To stimulate movement across the neighbourhood, the site is subdivided into five key zones, each with its own distinct identity and purpose, yet intrinsically linked by a network of green streets, squares, arcades and lanes and a cohesive palette of materials and colour.
Over half of the site area is designated as public realm providing a broad spectrum of recreational and social spaces for the new and existing Jersey community, including a new waterfront square, 240-metre-long promenade and a large park offering 3200m² of generous lawn space, supporting the active Jersey community in hosting events such as the triathlon.
The Framework allows flexibility for change but also sets in place fundamental parameters on climate, sustainability, biodiversity, connectivity and movement, open space, uses, design, building heights and views to ensure the vision is delivered for the Jersey community.
A key principle of the Framework is to improve connectivity between the Waterfront and the town centre via new pedestrian and cycle routes and crossing. New facilities for alternative modes of transport, including a 400 space bike hub, will encourage healthy lifestyles and support well-being.
The Visionary Framework responds to Jersey’s aims for carbon neutrality by 2030, enhancing local biodiversity through the deployment of green roofs, colourful rains gardens across the public realm and the planting of 500 semi-mature trees.
The Framework has been informed by a series of public consultations and extensive stakeholder engagement to ensure the Waterfront is authentic to St Helier and will make a meaningful contribution to island life for generations to come.
"We are extremely proud of our involvement in setting the Framework for St Helier's Waterfront and feel passionately about the positive transformation it could bring to the island. Our client, the JDC, recognised early on how critical it was that the project should be landscape-led. We believe this approach, which places the quality and extent of the open spaces and connections first, was by far the best means to embed this extensive proposal into St Helier. We have greatly enjoyed working with the various communities of Jersey, our client and consultants to ensure this place will deliver climate resilience and make a meaningful contribution to island life."
Stephen Richards, Partner at Gillespies:
"These ambitious proposals are an important step forward for the island and St Helier’s Waterfront. We sought consultation from all areas of the community over a ten-month period and we were very encouraged by the level and quality of the feedback received. We have ensured that these submitted plans responded to the public’s views. This landscape-led Visionary Framework also understands the importance of Jersey’s unique character and identity and will provide the island with a Waterfront that is a destination, and a local sustainability exemplar that has been influenced by today’s islanders, for future generations to come"
Lee Henry, Managing Director at Jersey Development Company