The £5.1 million Pomme D’Or Farm Refurbishment project in St Helier is continuing to make excellent progress.
The project is being implemented by the States of Jersey Housing Department and comprises the refurbishment of 59 two-bedroom flats and 10 one-bedroom flats on the Pomme D’Or Farm site in West Hill. The work is being conducted as part of the Department’s aim to bring all of its homes up to the Decent Homes Standard. In order to complete the project, 17 bedsits will also be converted into one-bedroom flats.
Work began on the site in October 2011, with Camerons Ltd as the main contractor and Morris Architects as the architect.
Stuart Hutton from the Housing Department is the project manager, Rothwells Consulting is the structural consultant and States of Jersey M & E Consultants is the mechanical and electrical consultant.
Refurbishment works include the installation of a high performance external wall insulation system, new roof coverings, new doors in order to conform to Secure by Design requirements and the replacement of water cylinders. New ventilation systems will also be installed in bathrooms and kitchens, whilst door entry systems will receive an upgrade.
Existing satellite TV and telephone systems will also benefit from the refurbishment scheme via an upgrade of systems, whilst some asbestos will be removed from the site.
Common areas are also being upgraded and minor work will be conducted to refurbish fire exits and communal doors. Further works will include a small amount of landscaping.
Works are currently on programme, with the refurbishment phase moving from block to block as each section is complete. As occupants are remaining in situ during the refurbishment of Pomme D’Or Farm, a tenants’ forum has been set up to keep residents updated on the latest works on the site.
Jersey’s Housing Minister, Deputy Andrew Green MBE, said:
“Generally the existing structure of the buildings had deteriorated and required repair. The buildings were originally constructed in red brick and although we are over insulating them it was considered desirable to retain the original character of the development meaning that the insulation system will be finished in a brick slip system. New double glazed windows, new balcony handrails and new roof finishes will also be installed.
“We have undertaken a number of schemes similar to this with a basic philosophy that the external envelope of the building needs renewing in its totality by encapsulating the building in modern materials which improve the homes for tenants and minimise long term maintenance costs.
“The refurbishment of any of our properties is hugely important to us. We aim to provide homes that not only meet the Decent Homes standard, but also offer a comfortable and economical place to live for our tenants.”
The refurbishment of Pomme D’Or Farm is scheduled for completion in April 2013.