‘Let’s talk about how to protect buildings’

MORE public debate is needed about the future of Fort Regent and architecture in the Island, according to the president of the Association of Jersey Architects.

Carlo Rival, the president of the Association of Jersey Architects, at the Millennium Town Park
Carlo Rival, the president of the Association of Jersey Architects, at the Millennium Town Park

MORE public debate is needed about the future of Fort Regent and architecture in the Island, according to the president of the Association of Jersey Architects.

The Fort's superstructure, including the dome that dominates the St Helier landscape, could be added to the list of protected buildings in the Island this year.

President of the AJA Carlo Riva believes that Islanders should be encouraged to give their opinion and talk more about architecture in general.

The AJA has also revealed its plans for architecture week which this year will use 'Town and Country' as its theme.

Comments for: "‘Let’s talk about how to protect buildings’"

Old Crappo

just what we need the dome of Fort Regent listed as a protected building. Its a shame that the original old granite Fort Regent building itself wasn't listed 40 years ago then this ugly dome would never have been allowed to be built in the first place and spoil the original old Fort.

Before its too late why don't they list the old swimming pool building at the Fort at the same time, as that is another great example of lovely Jersey architecture (not!)

gino risoli

before thinking of saving a building ask yourself for what purpose?

Frank Bough

I think they need to commission some consultants to write a report on the whole future of Fort Regent.

roombay42

Are you a civil servant?

Tony B

Gino is right. A few years back Tilbury Fort on the Thames was offred a large grant. The condition was that the site would be open for more community use. To this end one of the magazine building was proposed as a public use space, for events. Detailed plans were prepared. The Fire inspector wanted a 4 foot wide fire door at the back of the building, built in the 1800's as part of the modernisation of the fort. It would have been a simple process, none of the consultant historians or archetects had any objections.

English Heritage threw every toy out of the box ravaing about vandilism. The result no money and the place deterorating. If buildings are to continue to survive, they must as in the past, adapt to current needs.