No stranger to the Jersey Architecture Design Awards, Architects Axis Mason won big again this year with 94 Halkett Place. The stylish mixed use development in the heart of St Helier, Jersey scooped the best large-scale development award.
Comprising nine three-bedroom townhouses with commercial units below, each townhouse has a series of private amenity spaces at various levels, including roof top gardens, entrance level terraces, and projecting balconies.
Located in an urban area undergoing regeneration, the site was previously occupied by a number of dilapidated buildings. Work began in July 2010 to clear the area and the site was fully completed and ready for occupation last summer.
A common feature of the street are terraced townhouse style buildings with three window bays and a central or offset entrance door. Axis Mason elected to continue this three bay rhythm of the street at 94 Halkett Place, picking up on the character and proportions of the traditional buildings but in a contemporary arrangement and detail.
The facade has a simple palette of white render, stone and clear and fritted glass panels, with the mass and visual solidity of the stone contrasting with the lighter render and fritted glass. The incorporation of ceramic glass artwork as part of the project’s Percent for Art contribution adds visual interst and occasional splashes of vibrant colour.
To the rear of the site at Rue de Funcal, townhouses are grouped in pairs to reflect the traditional plot ratios found in and around St Helier, with a regular pattern of varied windows adding a sense of scale and rhythm.
At the ground floor, units are provided with individual entrances and horizontally coursed stone cladding is incorporated to add a sense of quality and detail at the public realm whilst ensuring an appropriately robust cladding suitable in this urban location.
The townhouses are connected via a small central courtyard to a ground level car park area incorporating innovative space saving, car stackers.
“We had some challenges along the way, but we overcame them to produce a fantastic result”, says Axis Mason Director, Ian McDonald. “The development provides very spacious family accommodation in the centre of town, close to all amenities but with the kind of outside space you’d expect in suburban housing. It’s a very efficient, sustainable scheme.”
Axis Mason have been no stranger to the Jersey Design Awards in recent years and speaking about winning another this year, Ian said: “It’s an important local award for us, it is always nice to get recognition for the effort people have made; not just us, but all of the other consultants and the client who has invested a lot of money.”
Axis Mason are a leading design practice with a current staff of 30 located in offices in London, St Helier and Durban (South Africa), Gdansk (Poland) and an associate office in Glasgow.
The practice has extensive experience of a wide variety of projects, ranging from large scale mixed-use, residential and commercial office developments to individual private residences.
From the outset, the practice employs a collaborative approach to project working and has considerable experience of ‘design partnering’ with many of the UK’s leading consultants and design professionals.
The main contractor for 94 Halkett Place was AC Mauger. Founded in 1947, the company has been awarded several times for their impeccable business practice.
A spokesperson for AC Mauger said: “We are able to take on projects of all sizes within any element of the industry and have a proven track record throughout Jersey. We aim to deliver our projects on time, within budget and to the very highest standard.”