- Location : St. Helier, Jersey
- Date : 2018 - current
- Client : Randalls Limited
- Project Status : Planning approved
The Randalls mixed use development will see the regeneration of a brownfield site in the centre of St. Helier – the new scheme will provide 96 homes for Islanders alongside office and retail space that will generate activity, enhance street life and repair the townscape.
The site on Clare Street has been owned by the Randalls family since the early 1800s, functioning for most of this period as a beloved brewery for the town. In the 1970s, Randalls purchased much of Cannon Street’s frontage too, expanding their property and converting it into offices and warehousing.
The development will sensitively restore the grade III listed Clare House to provide new apartments whilst retaining period interior features. The granite built stable block will be restored and converted into modern office accommodation for Randalls, maintaining its long association with the family business.
The design is very much a response to context. A series of new apartment blocks are arranged around a collection of linked courtyards with distinct apartment buildings forming corners and edges to the surrounding streets. Individual blocks are therefore able to respond to the particular scale, context and character of each street. Familiar details such as defined plot widths, curved corners, vertically proportioned windows and pitched or mansard roofs relate to the traditional form and pattern of development in the neighbourhood; stone and metalwork features, projecting balconies and recessed bays, attic storey setbacks, and terraces create depth and detail. Front doors, boundary walls, railings, planted edges, wider pavements and street trees combine to add a sense of place that puts people first.
The ecological value of the site will increase markedly, by removing commercial traffic and maximising green spaces with more than 1000m² of urban gardens and planting. To reduce the environmental impacts of the development and to encourage eco-conscious living, electric vehicle charging points, secure bicycle storage, low–flow water appliances, and low energy lighting will be implemented throughout.
Layout planning and detail also play a crucial role in sustainable living and improving the health and wellbeing of residents. All apartments are therefore designed for maximum ‘liveability’, with over 70% of apartments being dual aspect and layout and orientation designed to optimise access to daylight; private balconies or terraces are also provided for all apartments to enable outdoor access.