The Jardin de Haut development is within walking distance of the local school, pub, and church and comprises: 14 two-bedroom single storey dwellings that have been built for the over fifty-fives and administered by a housing trust, 10 three-bedroom houses with garages for first time buyers, 5 four-bedroom family homes for sale to first time buyers, and 4 two-bedroom units for sale to the over fifty-fives on the open market.
In order for the project to commence, the glasshouses on fields 561 and 562 in Rue de la Vallee were demolished. The countryside zone is designated as a Category A housing site and falls within the water pollution safeguard area.
The £11m scheme is intended to cultivate a village ambience and ensure that a community spirit is nurtured. It is also hoped that young families with children will revitalise the Parish school and ensure its growth and improvement.
Alpine Contractors Limited is developing the project, which has been designed by Lovell Ozanne & Partners Ltd. Works began in January 2011 and the development will be completed in early 2012.
The site has been under the foremanship of Jeff Russ, who has ably marshalled his merry band of tradesmen for the last twelve months in cohorts with NSJ Contract Management Limited, a local firm of Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Building Consultants who have acted as Project and Contract Managers for the development.
NSJ Contract Management has provided a management service to ensure that the building fabric is constructed in accordance with agreed drawings. The company advises upon matters on Contract documentation, financial payments and programme whilst acting on behalf of the client to achieve a successful completion by way of: advising upon initial costing, attending regular meetings on site and issue of minutes for client information. In addition, they complete regular inspections of the works, checking and submitting recommendation for payment of interim and final accounts.
The homes have incorporated a traditional design in order to remain sympathetic to the existing surroundings. They feature pitched roofs over rendered elevations, along with detailing around the windows to create a pleasing courtyard development. All properties have fitted kitchens and carry a ten year insurance backed structural guarantee.
The scheme is subject to a development brief, which has adopted a 20% increase in thermal efficiency to the Jersey bye-laws. This has been achieved by ensuring a good quality specification in terms of the cavity construction and insulation standards.
Each of the houses for the over fifty-fives has a disabled-friendly bathroom featuring a walk in shower. There is also a living/dining room and a master bedroom. In the roof space of four of the units, there is a generous second bedroom and the majority of the homes also contain an additional shower room.
The properties range in price from £425,000 to £475,000, with over half of the houses already sold and all of the 14 two-bedroom single storey dwellings sold to the Les Vaux Housing Trust.
The project also comprises extensive planting and landscaping. This includes two Petanque courts, which will provide an attractive country development in a picturesque part of the Island. The hard landscaping will include a mixture of different sizes, colours and textures to the concrete block paving, with the colours ranging from yellow to grey. Soft landscaping will include the large-scale planting of trees, which is hoped to create an interesting aesthetic mix.
Andy Merrett, Lovell Ozanne, said: “It is an interesting development in the juxtaposition of the buildings and the external landscaping. What we’ve tried hard to do is incorporate a village feel within the development.
“Works have progressed extremely well and Alpine Contractors are even working ahead of schedule. There have been no difficulties other than the normal planning requirements and obligations to the local parish, and everyone is very pleased with the progress that is being made.”
Stuart Pirouet of NSJ Contract Management Limited, added: “All of the relevant teams have worked very well together and the dry weather has been an added benefit.”
The completion of the Jardin de Haut housing development has been much anticipated, providing much needed family homes to first time buyers in a country setting where young families can bring up their children with a pleasant, safe environment.
Many of the prospective buyers have stated that this type of home is exactly what the first time buyers want, rather than being forced to live in a flat in town with no amenities and little prospect of moving on. Young couples want a good sized home with a garden, which, in most cases, will be their home for life.
Lovell Ozannne provides a full range of architectural and surveying services from inception through to completion. Established since 1958, they have a wealth of experience and knowledge of all construction sectors and continue to work both in the Channel Islands and the UK.
Lovell Ozanne are client and design focused, taking time to formulate the brief and provide architectural solutions appropriate to client requirements and site opportunities.