Improved access to Fort Regent
Improving general access to Fort Regent is essential if visitor numbers are to be increased. Historically, a cable car provided access from Snow Hill but over time the options for getting to and from Fort Regent have reduced.
The challenge now is to find the best way to improve access and make it easy for all. This includes looking at:
- pedestrian access
- disabled access
- car parking
- improving ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ facilities
- improving the entry route from Pier Road car park to Fort Regent
- improving bicycle storage for cyclists
- improving parking for motorbike and moped users
Improving the point of access to Fort Regent
The right point of access also needs to be considered as St Helier has changed a great deal in the past 30 years with the development of the Waterfront and the relocation of the bus station.
Developing unused areas of Fort Regent
Fort Regent houses numerous activities but there are large areas of the building that are unused and could be developed.
More space could be created for new facilities alongside current activities. Reconfiguring and refurbishing these internal spaces would create the right environment for development and additional activities.
- creating a new multipurpose space for events such as conferences, sports and concerts alongside an altered Queen’s Hall
- creating mezzanine level(s) over Gloucester Hall, the Rotunda and Piazza area. This could create up to 35,000 square feet of space (the size of the Royal Square) for new uses or for the relocation of existing activities
- reintroducing water based activities, e.g. fun pool/flumes/lazy river
- introducing new leisure and entertainment activities at Fort Regent (particularly for 10 to 17 year olds). These activities need to be flexible and the infrastructure needs to have the capacity to change quickly and cost effectively. For example, seasonal ice skating
- considering whether more heritage, cultural and arts activities can be introduced
Developing Fort Regent's gardens
Fort Regent’s gardens have fallen into disuse.
The garden areas are already being developed through a ‘Back to Work’ initiative, but more improvements could be made.
This could include:
- themed ‘pocket’ gardens, eg a wellness, rose or winter garden
- new walkways were people could enjoy the spectacular views
- a linear park linking Snow Hill to Havre des Pas
Public and stakeholder engagement for views on the future of Fort Regent
The Steering Committee has taken account of contributions from:
- Youth Service
- Police Crime Reduction Unit
- arts and cultural groups
- sports representatives
- Jersey Conference Bureau
More detailed engagement was commissioned from focus groups that were comprised of a diverse range of users and non-users, and there has been an ongoing discussion through social media.
The main issues that people felt needed to be addressed were grouped under three headings:
- improving access
- redeveloping interior space for extra activities
- regenerating outside spaces
Download Rediscovering Fort Regent document (size 1.64MB)
Download results of Fort Regent focus groups on accessibility (size 1.78MB)
Download results of Fort Regent focus groups on activities and facilities (size 1.54MB)