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Hotel De Normandie, St Helier, Jersey

A renovation project set to revamp Hotel De Normandie in St Helier, Jersey is progressing well with the scheme now focusing on the upgrading of the hotel’s 105 bedrooms.

The refurbishment project has been ongoing for three years and will continue to operate until the hotel is brought up to modern day standards.

Premier Construction; Channel Islands Focus caught up with Tony Britton, Head of Maintenance at Channel Hotels owners of Hotel De Normandie, to find out more about the project. Tony commented:

“The refurbishment programme has been ongoing at the hotel for the past three years. Some years ago the hotel was almost knocked down and converted into residential units which caused a stir at the time. However eventually the decision was made that the hotel was going to stay open permanently and so now the company are spending money on its appearance.

“All of the bedrooms have been revamped and new bathrooms have been fitted with new showers and baths, as well as being fully retiled and new floors. The bathrooms have been stripped out one at a time to give them all a facelift and bringing the hotel up to modern day standards.”

After the completion of the bathrooms the team, which comprised main contractor Terry Brandon and Paul Perchard, undertook the renovation of the hotel’s kitchen. It has been completely refurbished with new equipment, electrics, flooring and new walls.

Hotel De Normandie

The kitchen refurbishment began in December 2014 and completed in March 2015 transforming it from a tired space into a sparkling, functional area. The last time the kitchen had been renovated was 1987 and so, despite being kept maintained, the space was due for a facelift.

The kitchens existing wiring has been reused, as have the water and mains services. New fittings and finishes have also been added to the kitchen.

The hotel was closed between Christmas 2014 and the start of 2015 and so work was undertaken then. Sections of the kitchen had to be partitioned off when the hotel was operational, meaning kitchen staff had to work in a kitchen that was being worked on, which was difficult for staff and the onsite team.

Works are now beginning on the renovation of the hotels 105 bedrooms. The hotel are using Hammonds to refurbish the bedrooms, which will also being re-decorated with stunning headboards and feature walls.

The hotel will remain operational during these ongoing works so a few of the bedrooms will be closed off and then worked on, before being reopened. Tony added:

“I am organising the renovation project, overseeing all of the work and making sure it is done to a high standard. I’ve worked at Hotel De Normandie since 1987 and so the hotel is very much a part of me. We have had new windows fitted and the owners have spent a lot of money renovating the building. The hotel is wonderful now; you just have to look at the high standards we have achieved to see this.”

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