Fort Regent pool building to be demolished at a cost of £2.69m

AFTER being a prominent part of St Helier’s skyline for around 50 years the Fort Regent pool building is finally due to be torn down at a cost of £2.69 million.

Picture: GOVERNMENT OF JERSEY (25047282)
Picture: GOVERNMENT OF JERSEY (25047282)

Despite the facility closing to the public in 2003, the site has remained boarded up and empty while States Members decided what could take its place.

However, in February 2017, former Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel said that the asbestos-riddled structure had deteriorated into a dangerous condition and had to be demolished within 12 to 18 months.

It followed an incident some weeks earlier where large pieces of the building had become airborne during high winds. During the same States sitting, former Environment Minister Steve Luce warned his colleagues that if the building was demolished with no planning application in place, there was a greater chance that future applications could be refused.

However, following the demolition of the cable car station along with the footbridge which links the pool with the main Fort Regent building, it was announced that the 1970s structure was to come down too.

Assistant Infrastructure Minister Deputy Hugh Raymond said: ‘The Fort pool holds fond memories for many Islanders and its demolition marks the end of an era.

‘However, we can now look to the future and seize the opportunity to create something that will benefit the community for years to come.

‘The Political Steering Group are developing a long-term vision for the Fort and we are looking for companies who are able to provide practical commercial advice on the long-term options for the Fort’s use.’

The decision will also allow Jersey Property Holdings – the government agency which manages the site – to breathe a sigh of relief.

In 2017, it emerged that along with youngsters breaking into the pool building, videos had also shown people skateboarding on its roof.

DB Cummins have been selected to undertake the extensive project, which is expected to begin next month and last 42 weeks.

There will also be an additional six-week lead-in period to allow a large amount of asbestos to be removed from the site.

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