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A hamlet by the sea

Hameau de le Mer, Jersey

Hameau de le Mer, Jersey

A project to build a collection of retirement homes in Jersey, suitable for the over 55s, is continuing to make good progress.

The Hameau de la Mer scheme is currently underway on St Clements Coast Road and is scheduled to reach completion in October 2015.

Hameau de la Mer – translated as a hamlet by the sea – is the latest project from property development specialist GR Langlois and comprises 19, two and three-bedroom cottages and 35, one and two-bedroom apartments. Of the development’s 54 dwellings, 21 of the apartments are being constructed for rental purposes, whilst the remaining 33 will be made available for sale.

GR Langlois is working with appointed contractor Houze Construction on the scheme, with Axis Mason Architects providing the design work. Woodward Burton is the quantity surveyor on Hameau de la Mer; Jersey Energy is the mechanical and electrical consultant; and Beaumont Structural Consultants is the engineer.

Discussing the project, John Bouteloup, a Company Director for GR Langlois, said:

“Work began on the project in April 2014 and is running on programme. We had such a good summer, with the weather being very favourable, which has kept us on target and right from the very start we have also kept a very good dialogue with our neighbours.”

All of the properties have been expertly designed and include a mix of granite and rendered elevations, with natural slate and pantile roofs and timber windows. Each cottage varies in its design and size, is being built from a timber frame construction and will be fully insulated. Meanwhile, the apartments are being constructed using traditional blockwork, with concrete floor separation and lift access to all floors.

Internally the dwellings incorporate a modern design aesthetic, with kitchens and bathrooms featuring a strong selection of fixtures and fittings. The kitchens are custom built by Impuls with 40mm laminated worktops, stainless steel multifunction ovens, ceramic hob with touch controls and a stainless steel extractor hood. The kitchens also include integrated fridge/freezers and a dishwasher.

Hameau de le Mer, Jersey

Bathrooms include white Kohler sanitary ware; a white Kohler bath; a heated towl rail; and a shower with a fold back glass/chrome shower screen. A Kohler cherry Romana vanity unit with ceramic basin and mono tap is also included within the main bathrooms.

The cottages will showcase ceramic tiles in the kitchens, hallway and ground floor bathrooms, with Camaro vinyl planking in the first floor bathrooms. The choice of materials is then reversed for apartments, with bathroom floors being finished in ceramic tiles, whilst floors in the kitchen, lounge and hallway will be completed in Camaro vinyl.

General finishes in the properties include oak veneered doors, with modern chrome ironmongery; magnolia walls and white eggshell architraves and skirting boards. The cottages will also include painted staircases with oak newels, spindles and handrails.

Additional features of the properties include TV and satellite cabling; telephone outlets in each bedroom and throughout the house; and an efficient Oso Super S hotwater cylinder on E20 tariff with a BX 2000 booster control.

The dwellings at Hameau de la Mer are also being future proofed, so that they have the potential to change to meet the needs of their residents. Some of the cottages will include flooring within the property’s lofts, so that they can be transformed into habitable spaces in the future, whilst provisions will be made for the future installation of stair lifts.

Hameau de la Mer is situated just a few hundred metres west of La Rocque harbour and is being constructed around a central communal area which will boast a boule pitch, a wildlife pond, a gazebo and bench seating. To complete the communal area a considerable amount of plants and shrubs will be incorporated into the space.

This is not the only green space on the development as the cottages will include a rear garden, whilst ground floor apartments will have a private garden. Upper floor apartments will include balconies.

Hameau de le Mer, Jersey

John said:

“The green space enhances the whole of the development and at night the lighting will allow residents to walk around the area safely. We have also kept most of the pavements at low levels, removing step-ups, so that it is even easier to walk around.”

To round out external elements of the project, the development will benefit from brick paved roads and an external lighting scheme. Car parking provisions will include two dedicated spaces for each cottage, with one parking space for each flat and a general visitor car parking space provided too.

Although Hameau de la Mer is still being constructed it has already been well received by its target demographic of over 55s who are either wishing to downsize or are looking for quiet communal living. Approximately 60% of the properties have already been reserved and with the development’s completion not due until the latter half of 2015, there is still plenty of time for buyers to sell their existing properties.

Hameau de le Mer is an important project for GR Langlois and it is one which John holds in high regard.

John said:

“Hameau de la Mer is a significant project for GR Langlois and a lot of work has gone into this development already. The site was purchased during the financial crisis and we held onto it throughout what was a difficult period for many. Now that the development is up and underway it feels like a great achievement.”

Hameau de la Mer is situated within walking distance of Holmn Grown garden centre and has access to green lane Rue de la Lourderie. Apartments at Hameau de la Mer start at £245,000, with cottages starting at £475,000.

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