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Ports of Jersey has begun the process of market engagement for the redevelopment of Elizabeth Harbour, which is being reconfigured as part of the St Helier Harbour Master Plan.
A Prior Information Notice, which signals the upcoming work to external suppliers, will be published for the market today, before the submission of a planning application. The formal procurement process for Elizabeth Harbour will start early next year, when there will be wider engagement with potential companies in Jersey, the UK and mainland Europe.
Before developing detailed plans for the different harbours, a public consultation asked Islanders to give their views on potential uses for the harbour area. The responses are being collated and a report will be published, detailing the consultation’s findings. This feedback will help to refine the proposals for Elizabeth Harbour before submitting a planning application on the final design.
Ports of Jersey’s Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, said: “I am pleased that early market engagement for securing the right suppliers to do the work on Elizabeth Harbour is now underway. Issuing a Prior Information Notice before submitting a planning application is standard practice for large infrastructure projects like the Harbour Master Plan. We are still collating the feedback we received during our public consultation, which will inform our planning submission.
“As part of our plans, we propose to bring the crane and trailer operations together at Elizabeth Harbour and build a suspended deck to increase the usable area and support our anticipated freight requirements for future generations.”
The Elizabeth Terminal building will also be replaced, to allow for the increase in freight capacity, and to improve passenger journeys for both Islanders and visitors.
Captain Sadler added: “The scale of work for the Elizabeth Harbour redevelopment is significant and requires specialist marine skills, which is why we are intending to extend the procurement exercise further afield than Jersey, to ensure we secure the right supplier.”
Ports of Jersey is planning to hold three Industry Days early next year – in Jersey, the UK and mainland Europe – to present the Harbour Master Plan to companies which may want to bid for the work. More information will follow.