Jersey Fish Market is to be revamped in a bid to create a more welcoming working and shopping environment for tourists and local traders.
The scheme, which began on site in January this year, has been commissioned by The States of Jersey in order to bring the fish market up to modern standards.
Peter Green have been appointed as Main Contractor. Premier Construction Channel Islands Focus caught up with Nick Andrews, Quantity Surveyor from main contractors Peter Green Builders, to find out more about the project. Nick commented:
Peter Green went through a pre-selection process for the project, where we had to satisfy Property Holdings of our suitability for such work, which will involve a lot of planning and working with the tenants which we worked hard on and were then invited to Tender the project. We were pleased to be awarded the contract at the end of last year and are due to complete the renovation project later in 2015.
“The Contract Works commenced at the end of January and involve the replacement of all of the roofs on the fish market, installation of new roof lights and associated works. There will be a lot of work to the existing structure to enable the new roof to fit, all this involving close liaison with the Historic Buildings people at the Planning department. The co-ordination of specialist trades will be crucial to the project which we are planning for now. We are also reviewing details with the structural engineer alongside Building Control and Heritage. These works will provide a much brighter and fresher environment for the shopping public which is needed in the current facility, which needs bringing up to current standards.”
“The fish market will remain open throughout the project and we will have plan accordingly and work closely with the tenants. One of the major features of this project is that in order to allow the facility which includes three busy fish retail units and three restaurants, is that they must to continue to remain open when they wish to be open, so that wherever possible work will be carried out from high level above the shops and restaurants and as such will have less impact and where not at times to suit the shops and restaurant all of which means detailed planning of health and safety issues. This is something Peter Green Builders are familiar with. One simple example of this can be seen where we have erected the scaffolding on the central part of the building as we have tried to avoid obstructing trader’s fish displays”.
“We have also installed shelves where the scaffolding poles are so the trader’s fish displays can be extended out into the food hall. Those working at the market have also got on board with the project and decorated the scaffolding to make the public feel like nothing has changed, including putting ivy and flowers around the poles. To see them engaging with us is great.”
“Some of the traders also have offices on site as well as ventilation shafts for their crab boilers and so the contractors and workers are sharing services in order to accommodate everyone’s needs”.
The project is still in its early stages and so far works have involved the fitting of working platforms, temporary roof and crash desks. There is still a lot to do including re-roofing the structure, installing roof lights, painting and decorating the structure, installing new electrics and structural steelwork.
The States of Jersey are acting as the architect on the scheme and after the completion of this project plan to continue the markets renovation, plans of which are currently being prepared to present an exciting and inviting environment.
“A lot of the products in Jersey are locally caught and sold fresh so it is important that the town keeps this type of market for the people of Jersey as well for people visiting. It means a lot to us to work on this scheme and we hope it will all go well and people will appreciate what we can do.”