25 February 2010
Money from the fiscal stimulus fund is being used to refurbish a former school and to replace windows and doors at two housing estates.
The Housing Department has been allocated £80,341 to place new doors at Les Cinq Chenes estate and £129,888 to replace windows at Brighton Close. Although both projects had been planned for the next few years, they have now been brought forward thanks to the extra funding.
A sum of £476,673 has been awarded to Jersey Property Holdings to refurbish the former La Pouquelaye School so that it can be used for both child care provision by the Centre Point Trust and as a youth and community centre by the Parish of St Helier. The project involves repairing the roof, upgrading electrical and water supply services and making minor internal changes such as adding fire doors.
Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, said “Some of these projects were in the capital programme and due to be completed in the next few years. Fiscal stimulus funding has allowed them to be brought forward, providing work for the construction industry at this difficult time. This is an excellent example of using fiscal stimulus funds to develop and maintain our infrastructure while keeping people in work and stimulating the economy for the benefit of all Islanders.”
Property Holdings have also been given funding to undertake maintenance work at the General Hospital and on States owned commercial buildings. The Hospital project costs £142,400 and will involve the removal of asbestos found in the mezzanine void beneath theatres in the 1960 wing (forming the corner of Gloucester Street and The Parade) and the basement of the granite hospital building facing Gloucester Street.
The affected areas are either empty or used as storage spaces and cannot be accessed by the general public or patients. The work will be carried out in accordance with the States of Jersey Health & Safety Inspectorate and will not impact on the normal operation of the Hospital
A further £61,590 has been allocated to Property Holdings to carry out health and safety improvements to States owned public toilets and cafés.