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£40 million former school conversion project finished

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A £40 MILLION project to convert the former Jersey College for Girls building into a residential development comprising 187 properties has been completed.

Picture: Bam Perspectives/Marc Le Cornu (24910252)

Plans for the site were first submitted by the Jersey Development Company in March 2013 before work began in 2016.

The first units became available in April 2018 and the last phase was completed last month.

A number of the site’s original features were retained, including two staircases, primary corridors on the first and second floors, skirting boards and architraves. Outside, the tennis courts have been converted into communal lawns and the old Greek Theatre structure has been preserved.

Two granite sculptures, created by stonemason and artist Derek Tristram, have been commissioned to highlight the work of some of the college’s most notable former students. And the original 1930s oak-panelled library has been relocated to the current JCG building in St Saviour.

Lee Henry, managing director of the Jersey Development Company, said: ‘The former college building has significant cultural, social and historic importance and we have been privileged to open a new chapter for this site. The development will not only return a financial profit of £5 million to the Island, but has also made a significant contribution to affordable housing, while redeveloping a landmark building that has helped regenerate northern St Helier.’

Of the 187 properties created, 107 of the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments were sold before the development was completed, a total of 40 were sold to the Jersey Homes Trust and 40 were sold to first-time buyers.

To mark the development’s completion, a public-art sculpture was officially unveiled on Wednesday by St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft and Treasury Minister Susie Pinel.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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