Snow Hill | New Public Access to Fort Regent

An MJP Architects designed new passenger lift bank and bridge connection from St Helier’s Snow Hill to Fort Regent has been submitted for planning by the States of Jersey Development Company (JDC), in response to a request from the Government of Jersey Regeneration Steering Group (RSG).

Link to Bailiwick Express News

The proposals also include improvements to the public realm in the Snow Hill and the Hill Street area. If approved, this will be one of the early phases of the works to regenerate Fort Regent as part of the Government of Jersey’s redevelopment proposals.

This application is a major first step towards the Government’s commitment to regenerate Fort Regent and I am looking forward to the wider regeneration plans being developed later this year

Senator John Le Fondré, Chief Minister

A feasibility study outlined several constraints that needed to be considered, to ensure the best mode of transport and location was chosen to connect Fort Regent to the Snow Hill and Hill Street area.

Careful consideration was given to the effect a passenger lift and connecting bridge to Fort Regent would have on Hill Street, which is one of the oldest streets in St. Helier and contains several listed buildings. Similarly, Fort Regent’s ramparts that are visible high above Hill Street are also listed as historic structures.

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, commented: “I am very pleased that a solution has been found to create pedestrian access from Snow Hill to Fort Regent. This application is a major first step towards the Government’s commitment to regenerate Fort Regent and I am looking forward to the wider regeneration plans being developed later this year, following the appointment of the Master-planning design team”

This offers an exciting opportunity for town residents and workers to easily access Fort Regent. The Fort is a valuable asset for St. Helier and enhancements to the external landscaping will coincide with the delivery of the lift

Simon Crowcroft, Constable of St Helier

The project will also include significant improvements to the Public Realm in Hill Street and Snow Hill Car Park, providing an enhanced experience for pedestrians and cyclists transiting through the Snow Hill area. JDC appointed landscape specialists Gillespies, to ensure appropriate focus was given to the wider landscape improvements and connectivity in the Hill Street and Snow Hill area.

The Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, said: “This offers an exciting opportunity for town residents and workers to easily access Fort Regent. The Fort is a valuable asset for St. Helier and enhancements to the external landscaping will coincide with the delivery of the lift”

Link to JDC website for further info

JDC appointed Waterman Group to provide specialist engineering services including, structures, civils, mechanical and electrical, and geotechnical, and The Lift Consultancy for vertical transport. The team includes MS Planning as heritage and planning consultants, Hoare Lea as façade access consultants, WSP Transport, and IPM as the Health and Safety Project Coordinator.