Partial demolition of former Havre des Pas hotel begins

WORK has started on the partial demolition and conversion of a landmark Havre des Pas hotel – 12 years after the first planning application for site was approved.

The internal fittings are stripped out of the old hotel as work commences Picture: ROB CURRIE (31326642)
The internal fittings are stripped out of the old hotel as work commences Picture: ROB CURRIE (31326642)

The project to construct 25 apartments on the site of the former Fort d’Auvergne Hotel could be complete by the end of 2022.

Planning permission was initially given for 37 apartments on the site in 2009 and extended in 2015, but in January this year owner Morvan Hotels gained permission for a revised 25-unit scheme made up of one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Mike Waddington of Waddington Architects described the concept for the project as ‘a fresh, simple design in keeping with the seaside environment’.

Mr Waddington added: ‘We’re excited to be under way – it’s the sort of site you don’t often see in Jersey, with sea on two sides, and I believe the project will help restore the area to its former glory.’

Fort D'Auvergne Hotel at Havre des Pas. Demolition commences with a strip out of the internal fittings Picture: ROB CURRIE. (31336408)

Work will include refurbishment of part of the hotel building alongside the road and facing the Havre des Pas Bathing Pool to create 13 apartments, he added, with the remaining 12 units within a newly-built section on the south-facing part of the site.

Mr Waddington added: ‘It should be a tremendous spot to live in – within walking distance of St Helier and having access to the eastern cycle network and directly to the beach.’

The Fort d’Auvergne, which had 65 rooms, first opened in the late 1920s and was used as quarters by German officers during the Occupation.

In the planning application for the current scheme, Morvan Hotels said it had been increasingly challenging to operate profitably and it was ‘impractical’ to invest the substantial sums needed to update the site.

Fort D'Auvergne Hotel at Havre des Pas. Demolition commences with a strip out of the internal fittings Picture: ROB CURRIE. (31336405)

The hotel joins the list of others in the area which have either been demolished for housing or converted into apartments over the years, including Hotel de la Plage, the Carlton Hotel and the Seaforth.

Several other hotels in St Helier could soon go the same way. An application lodged by Axis Mason architects on behalf of Dandara for the Mayfair, which has 222 beds and will close at the end of the current summer season, outlined a scheme to replace the hotel with 37 one-bedroom and 67 two-bedroom homes.

Last month, planning permission was granted to demolish the Revere and Stafford Hotels and replace them with 72 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom and seven three-bedroom apartments.

Huggler Hotels have applied to demolish the Apollo on St Saviour’s Road and replace it with 91 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments.

Meanwhile, 56 maisonettes and town houses could be built on the Savoy at Rouge Bouillon if a planning application submitted in June is passed.

Morvan Hotels, which operated the Fort d’Auvergne, retains three existing businesses – the Norfolk Lodge, Best Western Royal in St Helier and the Monterey in St Saviour.

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Alister Guest House

Almorah Hotel

Amani Luxury Self Catering

Apollo Hotel

Au Caprice Guest House

Avoca Villa Guest House

Banjo

Beach View Guest House

Beachcombers Hotel

Beau Rivage Hotel

Beausite Hotel

Best Western Royal Hotel

Beuvelande Campsite

Biarritz Hotel

Bleue Lune

Bon Viveur

Boscobel Country Apartments

Brabant Self Catering

Chateau La Chaire Hotel

Cherry Tree Apartments

Cider Press House

Corbiere Phare

De L'Etang

Discovery Bay

Durrell Wildlife Camp

Durrell Wildlife Hostel

Fairholme Guest House

Falaise House Self Catering

Franklyn Guest House

Golden Sands Hotel

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Greenhills Country Hotel

Greve De Lecq Barracks (Arthouse Jersey)

Grosnez Farm

Hampshire Hotel

Harbour View Guest House

Havelock Guest House

Haven Quest House

Hideaway Motorhome and Caravan Stopover

Hotel Ambassadeur

Hotel Cristina

Hotel De France

Hotel de Normandie

Hotel Miramar

Hotel Revere – planning permission in place for replacement with apartments.

Hotel Sandranne

Hotel Savoy – planning permission being sought for replacement with residential accommodation.

Jaylana Guest House

Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre

La Bonne Vie Guest House

La Ferme du Vau Tocque

La Haule Manor

La Place Hotel and Country Cottages

La Rocco Apartments

Le Hurel Holiday Cottages

Les Ormes de La Mer

Les Ormes Resort

L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

Liberty Wharf Apartments

Longueville Manor

Maison Chaussey

Maison des Landes

Maison Gorey Hotel

Marina Metro Hotel

Mayfair Hotel – due to close at the end of October and be replaced with apartments.

Merton Hotel

Merton Suites

Mont Es Croix Cottages

Monterey Hotel

Mornington Hotel

Norfolk Hotel

Norfolk Lodge Hotel

Oaklands Lodge Hotel

Ocean Walk Apartments

Officers' Quarters - Greve De Lecq Barracks

Old Bank House Hotel

Old Court House Inn

Ommaroo Hotel

Panama Apartments

Panama House Apartments

Panoramic Apartments

Peterborough House

Pomme d'Or Hotel

Pontac House Hotel

Porthole Suites

Premier Inn Jersey

Prince Of Wales Hotel

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel

Richelieu Lodge

Rozel Camping Park

Rozel Farm Holiday Cottages

Runnymede Court Hotel

Saco Apartments

Samares Manor

Sarum Hotel

Seafish Cafe & Guest House (St Aubin)

Seascale Hotel and Restaurant

Seawold Guest House

Somerville Hotel

St Brelade's Bay Hotel

St Magloire Guest House

Stafford Hotel - planning permission in place for replacement with apartments.

Sur La Mer Apartments

Surrey Lodge Guest House

Talana Hotel

Tea Field Cottages

Thalatta Guest House

The Atlantic Hotel

The Beaumont Inn

The Club Hotel & Spa

The Dolphin Hotel

The Inn Jersey

The Lyndhurst Jersey

The Moorings Hotel and Restaurant

The Palms Campsite

The Panorama

The Royal Yacht Hotel

The Sail Loft

Undercliff Guest House

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Villa Nova

Villa Villetri

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Westhill Country Hotel

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