08 December 2011
Work to repair the exterior of St James’ Church in St Helier will get underway in early 2012 if proposals by Jersey Property Holdings (JPH) meet Planning’s historic buildings requirements.
Various proposals have been prepared since 2007 to address the building defects, but they have either not met the requirements or were unaffordable.
JPH has recently undertaken a detailed survey of the building to determine an alternative method for carrying out the works to both meet the planning requirements and reduce the cost.
JPH will obtain competitive tenders for the work from local contractors early in 2012 with repair work to be completed by next summer.
It is anticipated that the repairs will cost in the region of £300,000. The cost of the works will be contained within the existing maintenance budget and once they have been completed the scaffold will be removed.
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Eddie Noel, said “JPH is working with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture to examine the potential to co-locate Youth Service facilities to the St James site by utilising the now vacant school building and vicarage and enhancing the performance space for both the Youth Service and other organisations.
“The proposed relocation will improve the operation of the Youth Service in St Helier and will release the La Motte Street site for residential development. The cost of relocation will be more than offset by the anticipated receipt, which will be used to contribute funding towards the proposed 2012 to 2014 capital programme.”