12 February 2020
Hue Court was built in 1978 and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to meet Decent Homes Standards. The former residents of the high-rise buildings have all now been re-housed in Andium accommodation elsewhere.
All 45 apartments within Hue Court Block B have now been designated as accommodation for essential workers like doctors, nurses, and social workers to provide decent accommodation for professionals who are needed to deliver vital services to the island.
Departments from across the government have worked with Andium Homes on this initiative.
The Minister for Children and Housing, Senator Sam Mézec, said: “Independent reports from both the Care Inquiry and the Care Commission told us that we need to provide better quality accommodation for key workers in our public services to reduce the high turnover of staff in some areas of health and social care.
“Providing good quality homes will help Jersey to attract and retain high-quality professional workers who can then maintain a sustainable workforce and provide a more consistent service for the island.
“The redevelopment of Hue Court demonstrates our continuing commitment to fulfilling the recommendations of the Independent Care Inquiry, while still housing more Islanders in the new or refurbished homes that are being developed by Andium.”
The Chair of Andium Homes, Sir Mark Boleat, said: “We are pleased to have helped provide this solution for keyworkers at Hue Court. 48 units of accommodation have already been provided at Plaisant Court and these newly refurbished homes will add to the high-quality accommodation that is now available to the professionals we need to keep our public services operating efficiently.”
A Keyworker Accommodation Strategy is being developed for Jersey. Altair, a housing consultancy firm, was commissioned to carry out research to inform the Strategy and the associated financial modelling.