St Helier Waterfront

Jersey, Channel Islands

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As part of an international competition, and together with Make architects, we were shortlisted to develop a strategy a key waterfront site in St Helier.

The existing site lacked a unified development strategy and was historically severed from the existing town centre by the Esplanade, a six-lane highway. Previous plans to develop the site were economically unviable, so our aim was to create develop a masterplan framework that is deliverable and creating a cohesive identity and sense of place, reconnected the waterfront to the historic town centre and provide a compatible mix of uses to establish a thriving new neighbourhood and leisure destination.

Design details:

  • Futureproofing interventions to address the impact of climate change and the concerns of rising sea levels on the wider resort town

  • Sustainable residential neighbourhood incorporating activated street-level nodes and focussed around a central green ‘well-being’ spine

  • New pedestrian and cycle connections to ‘stitch’ the waterfront and town centre back together

  • New beachfront leisure destination including a sea-water lido, art gallery, pier and activated promenade

  • Improvements to the Esplanade to create a greener, more pedestrian-friendly environment and more powerful crossing points to reduce the severance between town and waterfront

Project Name
St Helier Waterfront
Typology
Mixed use / Urban Regeneration / Masterplan
Location
Jersey, Channel Islands
Year
2020
Status
Competition (runner-up)
Client
Jersey Development Company
Collaborators
Make Architects
Design Team
Simon Grimbley, Vanessa Chan