A room with a view – Fort William
A stunning two storey extension to a listed building, providing a large new family room with breath taking sea views, has been constructed at a private residence known as Fort William in Grouville, Jersey.
The extension is structured around a steel frame with accoya timber cladding, with ’B protect’ liquid waterproof roofing and sedum roofing. The new building also incorporates a glass floor panel and a large picture frame glass panel.
The interior includes an impressive spacious lounge area with magnificent panoramic views, a luxury kitchen and dining area and a large bathroom.
The project, which commenced in September 2017 and was completed in June 2018, was carried out by main contractors GMK, with TSA Jersey as architects.
Greg Kelly, director of GMK said: “One of the main challenges of the project was access, because all of the construction materials had to be transported over a drawbridge. It was also a real challenge to install a 6m x 2.2m panel of glass because of the access issue, as we were unable to use a crane.
“The client was very pleased with the project, which was an important scheme for us due to the unique nature of the build.”
Grouville is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey. The parish is in the south east of the island and is dominated by the broad sweep of the Royal Bay of Grouville. The parish covers a surface area of 7.8 km² and borders Saint Clement, Saint Saviour and Saint Martin.
The Royal Bay of Grouville gained its royal epithet when it impressed Queen Victoria during her visit in 1846. The bay is popular with tourists for its broad sandy beach and shallow, warm water. It is also the main oyster producing area of Jersey.
The Royal Jersey Golf Club, Gorey Village, and Queen’s Valley (now flooded to form a reservoir) are situated in the parish.
At GMK Construction, the quality of work performed, reliability and the speed at which projects progress is at the heart of the business.
The chief executive comes from a family renowned in Ireland for their construction experience and is a fourth generation tradesman.
Primary construction projects undertaken include residential housing developments, creating bespoke houses, home improvements and renovation works.
The ethos of the company includes: Integrity – through dealing with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in an open and honest fashion, so that trust is developed allowing long term relationships to be formed.
Intelligence is another important factor in that the company realise that specialists have skills which can be pooled together to ensure that services provided are appropriate and delivered to the highest standard.
Another key element is Respect – a culture of respect is implemented for those who work with and for GMK Construction in order to protect the customer and society at large.
At TSA Jersey (Tim Skudder Architects), the emphasis on easy coastal living is uniquely reflected in their work, with special attention being given to designing homes that flow and connect inside with outside to make the most of what island life can offer.
TSA Jersey attend to the details with care and ensure that interiors seamlessly marry in to create homes with ‘soul’. TSA brings this ethos and experience to all of their clients’ projects.