25 June 2019
Work to demolish the Fort Regent swimming pool and return it to the Glacis Field grass will begin at the end of July.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Infrastructure, has signed a Ministerial Decision approving the demolition of the disused swimming pool, including removing the pool tank and basement plant room, which has been closed since 2004.
Jersey contractor DB Cummins Limited has been awarded the projected 42-week contract to do the work, following a procurement process overseen by a specialist demolition consultant.
Over recent years, strong winds have lifted and removed several sections of the existing swimming pool roof and outer cladding causing health and safety concerns. There have also been reports of break-ins, vandalism and unauthorised access to the building’s roof.
Before any work can begin the contractors will have a six-week lead-in time to clear the site and prepare for the removal of a significant amount of asbestos in accordance with stringent guidelines.
The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Hugh Raymond, said: “The Fort pool holds fond memories for many islanders and its demolition marks the end of an era. However, we can now look to the future and seize the opportunity to create something that will benefit the community for years to come.
“The Political Steering Group are developing a long-term vision for the Fort and we are looking for companies who are able to provide practical commercial advice on the long-term options for the Fort’s use.”
The total cost of the project including associated planning costs, fees and contingencies is £2,697,000.