Tenders to be invited for the new skate park

CONSTRUCTION firms are to be invited to tender for the building contract for the new Les Quennevais skate park within days, according to the project manager.

An architect's impression of the proposed Les Quennevais skatepark. Picture: Government of Jersey (32095634)
An architect's impression of the proposed Les Quennevais skatepark. Picture: Government of Jersey (32095634)

Oliver Brewster said the tender, which was originally listed earlier this year to ‘generate interest’ in the project, was to be relaunched.

Proposals for the Les Quennevais skate park, which were approved unanimously by the Planning Committee earlier this week, include 2,000 sq metres of surface area ‘to cater for all user preferences and abilities’, as well as a bowl, rails, benches, ledges and platforms.

Work is expected to begin in January and take five months to complete.

The approval is a victory for skate park users, who have called for a new facility since 2018, when the New North Quay park was temporarily closed.

Mr Brewster said: ‘We’ve actually paused the original invitation to tender, as we felt it best to wait for a decision from the committee. Now that we have planning permission, we will be relaunching this either by the end of the day today or early next week.

‘The exercise we did earlier in the year was market engagement and research to understand and generate interest in the supply chain and inform our approach to the tender.

‘We also used this to understand likely construction timescales and availability of contractors to meet our programme.

‘The invitation to tender we’ll be relaunching is the actual tender for the construction contract for Les Quennevais skate park.’

Assistant Economic Development Minister Hugh Raymond previously said it was likely that a local construction firm would work alongside a ‘skate park construction expert’ brought in for the project.

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