Located in St Saviour, Jersey, Five Oaks Trade Park consists of redevelopment of the former Jersey Evening Post site into a new commercial scheme.
The proposals involved the demolition of the existing former Jersey Evening Post buildings, which consisted of a large industrial structure housing a redundant print room, a two-storey office component and various industrial additions. The buildings had been vacant for some time and were all in a state of despair, with several of the structures having reached the end of their lifespan. The site is to be developed into a new commercial park consisting of a food retail outlet, a self-storage facility and light industrial units.
The landscape treatment of the site was put at the forefront of the design from an early stage with key boundary treatments enhanced and the collection of existing mature trees along the roadside retained. Native wildflower and grasses will complement the existing planted boundaries to the site, to keep with natural species habitat and countryside character. In addition 23 new trees are to planted throughout the development as part of the soft landscape proposals.
The client was keen to enhance the sustainability of the development and this has been manifested through the specification of an enhanced building fabric, and the inclusion of photovoltaic arrays across each of the substantial flat roofs. There will be 8 dedicated electric vehicle charging points included at opening of the development with the infrastructure in place for expansion of this as demand increases. A new road crossing is provided with the development to enhance pedestrian access to the site and the development includes covered parking for 26 bicycles.
The architectural design for the retail building is deliberately modern with the principle facades formed from large glazed openings, bringing substantial amounts of daylight into the store, and an installation of patterned Shou-Sugi-Ban® Charred Accoya cladding.