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Image taken from St Helier showing Fort Regent and surrounding townImage taken from St Helier showing Fort Regent and surrounding town

​Fort Regent over the years

Originally built as a Napoleonic Fort, Fort Regent has been transformed over the years from a military parade ground and storage depot, into a wet weather venue for the local community and tourists, to becoming the leading sports and leisure venue on the Island. 

In 1967, The States of Jersey decided to develop the 22-acre 19th century fortification site into an all-weather leisure facility for Islanders and visitors. The first structural works started in 1968 with the conversion of two casemates into a children's indoor play area. In 1970 the cable car facility was opened giving access to Fort Regent from Snow Hill. This closed to public use in 1991, with the lower station being demolished, however the upper station remains in place on the glacis to the north of the Eastern Outworks.  

Work on the other parts of the large leisure complex continued and in 1972 the swimming pool on the Glacis Field opened, as the first modern addition to the Fort. The iconic roof over the once parade ground was completed in 1974, and at the time of completion was the largest roof of its type in western Europe. The Gloucester Hall was completed in 1978 and the Queens Hall was opened in 1988. 

Fort Regent now

Over the years, the Fort has provided valuable facilities to the whole community, however, major elements of the centre are dated, underutilised and no longer fit for purpose. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government was forced into closing areas of the Fort, due to a range of health and safety issues, such as legionella and asbestos and cancel numerous events. The Fort is no longer economically or environmentally sustainable. Investment is required to breathe new life into the area. The time is right to consider the potential opportunities that this amazing asset can offer. 

Plans for the future

In February 2021, the Government announced their plans to move all existing sports users out of Fort Regent in early 2022 into new state-of-the-art sports and wellbeing hubs. Once the existing users have been relocated, there are significant development proposals to turn Fort Regent into a top class cultural and leisure destination.  

Proposed plans for Fort Regent

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