Channel Islands

Reaching new heights

 Les Canichers Clifton Heights

A brand new residential development will bring fourteen new high-quality residential units to Les Canichers in Guernsey.

Clifton Heights is the latest project for commercial developer Comprop and will see the construction of thirteen local market apartments together with an open market penthouse. As the final phase of a much larger development, the project will bring contemporary living to a highly desirable location on the Island.

Guernsey based contractor R G Falla is the main contractor and BAS Mooarc is the architect. BAS Mooarc has been involved with the project from the initial planning stages and will continue to work on the project right through to its completion.

The development is being constructed to the rear of the recently completed Glategny Court development, which is a 65,000 sq ft four-storey mixed development that comprises an office block and two car parks. Clifton Heights has been built on an area of land above the main office car park and benefits from secure underground car parking. Comprop sees the development as the final piece in the jigsaw of their Glategny project, which was completed in September 2010.

 Les Canichers Clifton Heights

Work commenced on the £6 million project in April 2011 and funding came from both Comprop and bank investments. Cooper Brouard and The Living Room are currently marketing the property.

Once completed, Clifton Heights will present an impressive four-storey building that is situated above the basement car park. Featuring a blockwork and concrete frame, the development will also include a balcony for each of the upper floor apartments and a communal terrace at ground level. In addition, the basement car park will be accessible to all residents and each of the thirteen units will be allocated a single car parking space, whilst the penthouse will be allocated two spaces.

BAS Mooarc Project Architect, Debbie Joyce, said:

“As the building is between existing properties, the external design of Clifton Heights is sympathetic to the neighbouring building. This includes fitting sliding sash windows and incorporating traditional mouldings to the front of the building. However, the more contemporary rear elevation features large windows that create light and airy living spaces and maximise the views across the town, harbour and islands.”

 Les Canichers Clifton Heights

Another interesting aspect of the project is the concept of making each apartment unique. Each unit will feature variations of fixtures and fittings that differ from one apartment to the next.

Comprop (C.I.) Ltd Managing Director, Steve Marie, said:

“What we are creating at Clifton Heights is an exciting new concept that offers a contemporary style whilst complimenting the aesthetics of the existing street scene.

Les Canichers Clifton Heights

“We are working very closely with BAS Mooarc in order to ensure that Clifton Heights blends in with the existing landscape, including the surrounding properties. For instance, whilst the rear of the building is quite contemporary, the front is almost Georgian in appearance.

“The design of the units is to offer flexible living and we’ve been very selective when choosing the high-quality finishes. Three different types of kitchen are being installed so potential buyers have a greater selection to choose from. We strongly believe that options like this are the key to making developments of this nature a success and we’re confident that these units will exceed expectations.

“Furthermore, the close proximity to Saint Peter Port is expected to attract people who work in the business sector and want a short commute to work.”

Les Canichers Clifton Heights

Clifton Heights is currently wind and water tight and work continues to progress well. The project is on schedule to meet the expected completion date of August 2012 and early interest in the units from potential buyers has been encouraging.

Steve Marie said:

“As work on Clifton Heights continues to progress well, we’re beginning to engage with the remainder of the programme. I’m very pleased with how well everyone involved with the project has worked together and I’m especially pleased with the work that has been conducted by R G Falla.

“We’ve produced a marketing brochure and appointed two firms of local agents and with marketing now underway, we’ve already received a fantastic response.

“A project like Clifton Heights is not only extremely important to us, it’s important for the Island too. Over the past few years it has been very difficult to get developments off the ground so it’s great to be able to put money back into the local economy.

Les Canichers Clifton Heights

“Clifton Heights will inject £6 million back into the Guernsey economy. Combined with the £30 million provided by our recent Glategny Court project, the development illustrates how we’ve been able to help the construction industry over the last few tough years.

“We’re more than happy to continue pushing forward with developments in Guernsey. We’ve just made two new planning applications, the first for 36 high quality apartments on the site of the former Guernsey brewery at Havelet and the second for outline planning for 215,000 sq ft of mixed use development at Admiral Park.

“We have confidence in Guernsey and that’s why we continue to invest here.”

 RG Falla

RG Falla has been a familiar name in Guernsey since 1956. Over the last 55 years, the award-winning company has worked on a number of high profile projects that have helped to shape this beautiful island.

RG Falla’s impressive portfolio includes a number of new constructions and refurbishments, including: Les Nicolles Schools, Fermain Hotel, Vega Apartments, the Royal Court building and Marina View.

The company has recently completed a £35 million scheme for Comprop to construct two four-storey 90,000 sq ft office blocks at Admiral Park in St Peter Port and a £22 million development for LPE Ltd to construct a high-tech financial institution.

RG Falla is part of the Garenne Group, which invests specifically in the development of construction, property and industry related businesses operating in the Channel Islands.

BAS Mooarc 

BAS Mooarc is an award winning local design practice specialising in high-end residential and commercial developments.  The company has a diverse portfolio that includes sports facilities, large scale commercial offices and retail units including such projects as Glategny Court and the Garenne Stand.  Whatever the project, BAS Mooarc is committed to the pursuit of architectural excellent through innovative design, materials and building methods.

BAS Mooarc Design Director, Jamie Falla, said:

“Quality and durability to the client are the key areas that we focus on. We listen and observe to understand the needs of our client and then we make suggestions that will add historic value to each project.

“We really enjoy what we do and we pride ourselves on our commitment to the design and investment that we are making to the Channel Islands.”

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