Construction has commenced on an ambitious residential development in Saint Helier, Jersey. Horizon is an exclusive collection of 280 high quality apartments, split between 3 buildings in a stunning waterside location.
A 50/50 joint venture between the Jersey Development Company and France-based Groupe Legendre, Horizon will create a brand new community with retail and restaurant opportunities. Each building is contemporary and cutting edge having been designed by world renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The company’s rich and diverse portfolio includes One World Trade Center in New York and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Horizon boasts floor to ceiling windows with excellent views and natural light.
Lee Henry, Managing Director at Jersey Development Company (JDC), spoke to Premier Construction about the project as work gets underway:
“It’s a development that already had planning consent on the land from a previous, prospective developer. Jersey Development Company owned the land itself so effectively we’ve now advanced the scheme. The project will deliver 280 new residential apartments. It’s the last plot on the Elizabeth Mariner.
“We’ve entered into a joint venture to develop the scheme with French company Groupe Legendre. They’ve established a local construction company and are carrying out the build of the project. They’ve effectively invested in the scheme by acquiring a 50% stake in the site from Jersey Development Company. It’s a 50/50 joint venture with Groupe Legendre.
“We’re obviously 100% owned by the government and one of the things we will always look to do is assess the delivery options that are available to us. On College Gardens and the IFC buildings, we’ve done all of those projects directly but this building was of a size and scale that we felt it more appropriate to enter into a partnership to oversee its delivery. Groupe Legendre was a very good fit for us in terms of their capabilities.”
The high quality scheme will include a range of unit types. There will be 119 one-bedroom apartments, 151 two-bedroom apartments and 10 three-bedroom apartments. Some of the units have views looking back over the waterfront, back into the old town. Others have views out over the bay, over the marina and over the castle. There will be various price points on those units. Interest in the development has understandably been significant. Horizon East is 80% sold while Horizon South launched in June 2018. An interactive app has also been developed to view the full availability on the development.
Commenting on the importance of the project, Lee added:
“As I previously mentioned, we are 100% owned by the States of Jersey. We are here to deliver long-term value for the States. The government has a plan in place that seeks to protect the green zone, protect the coastline and concentrate new developments within existing urban areas. Obviously the waterfront site is a brownfield urban site and the delivery of residential accommodation and new office space that is going to support the requirements of the island is hugely important. That’s what we’re here to deliver. We always seek to ensure that the buildings that we are constructing will positively add to the built environment in terms of their architecture, materials and the overall quality of the scheme.”
To find out more, please visit www.jerseydevelopment.je/developments/horizon.