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A number of improvements have been made to the designs for Elizabeth Harbour, which is being reconfigured to increase freight capacity and improve the passenger experience, as part of the St Helier Harbour Master Plan. The changes have been submitted as an update to the existing planning application, after considering feedback from stakeholders.
As part of the planning application to redevelop Elizabeth Harbour, submitted earlier this year, we’re carrying out a number of preliminary surveys in and around the harbour area.
The surveys are not expected to cause any disruption, but residents and businesses may notice some specialist machinery being operated around the area.
Some of this work is required because Elizabeth Harbour was constructed in the late 1980s on reclaimed land. Ground investigation will inform the design of roads, pavements, buildings and other infrastructure for the new harbour, if planning approval is granted.
A series of sea water surveys and bat surveys have also been carried out as part of the environmental preparation for work on the first stage of the Harbour Master Plan.
Water has been tested to establish baseline data on levels of suspended sediment. This provides information which can be compared to the same areas after the required dredging, and then used to assess any impact of the work.
A water quality and light sensor was deployed into the sea from Havre des Pas to St Aubin. This work was done at high tide, mid-tide and low tide, during spring and neap tides, for six months.
Bats are vulnerable to disturbance through property development and the surveys were carried out at dusk and dawn. Any evidence of bats will prompt the development of mitigation strategies in conjunction with the Environment Department.
Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, said: “We want to make sure there is as little disturbance as possible to our local wildlife when we start work, once planning consent has been granted. The Ecology team will apply for a licence to oversee construction, and working protocols will aim to keep any disruption to wildlife to a minimum.”
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We recently held a workshop with a group of key stakeholders to gain their insights and thoughts about the wider Harbour Master Plan. This is the first step in a programme of activity that will help us define the vision for the Harbour Master Plan.
The attendees were asked to consider both the opportunities and challenges that the Harbour Master Plan may present. The feedback and discussions were really comprehensive and insightful, and the collated outcomes are listed below.
The information gained will assist the Project Team to define the most appropriate future uses for St Helier Harbour. Engagement will continue with wider stakeholders as the vision for the Harbour Master Plan develops.
In Autumn 2022, we asked Islanders to give their views on our proposals for the redevelopment of Elizabeth Harbour as part of a public consultation on the future of St Helier Harbour. We also asked for feedback on what the harbour area as a whole means to Islanders. Following the close of the public consultation, we can now give an overview of the results, which can be viewed using the following links:
We would like to thank all those who provided feedback to the consultation.
Ports of Jersey is holding two Industry Days later this month, one in Jersey and a second in London. The events are being held to allow potential contractors to find out more about the work required for the redevelopment of Elizabeth Harbour, which is being reconfigured as part of the St Helier Harbour Master Plan.
The Industry Days are also aiming to stimulate interest within the market and enable the industry to mobilise before the procurement; to encourage early cross-supply chain dialogue and collaboration in the development of solutions; and to obtain market feedback on key elements of the project.
A Prior Information Notice - which signals upcoming work to external suppliers - was published in November 2022.
Ports of Jersey’s Harbour Master, Captain Bill Sadler, said: “I am pleased to see that we are taking the next step in the procurement process for this important project for Jersey. It is essential that we secure the right suppliers to reconfigure Elizabeth Harbour, which will bring together the crane and trailer operations into one, consolidated freight area.
“This redevelopment requires specialist marine skills, which is why we are inviting contractors from both within Jersey and beyond, to ensure we can secure the right supplier.”
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.
The two Industry Days are in Jersey on 27 January and in London on 31 January. They will enable a wide selection of companies to find out more about the project so they can decide whether they want to formally bid for the contract.
Any organisations who have not yet expressed an interest in this procurement, and would like to ask to attend the industry days, please register via Ports of Jersey’s eProcurement portal, Proactis.
Before developing detailed plans, a public consultation asked Islanders to give their views on potential uses for the harbour area. The responses have been collated and a report will be published later this month. This feedback will help to refine the proposals for Elizabeth Harbour before a planning application is submitted.
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.
As Islanders, our quality of life depends on connectivity, whether visiting friends and relatives, accessing healthcare and education, or going away on holiday. Our economy is built on our transport links. Our lifeline freight connections at St Helier Harbour handle 98% of all cargo entering the Island, including the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the materials we need to build, furnish and heat our homes.
With ageing infrastructure and freight activity at Elizabeth Harbour exceeding capacity, it is now more important than ever to prepare St Helier Harbour for the future. So we’ve developed a Master Plan that will secure the viability of our lifeline port by making it more efficient. This will increase the port’s capacity to handle freight, and provide an opportunity to free up space for facilities which will enhance the appeal of the harbours and create vibrant community spaces for Islanders and visitors to enjoy.
The Plan will be the biggest capital investment since Ports of Jersey’s incorporation in 2015. Previously a Government department, our incorporation enables us to continue to provide essential public services to the Island in a sustainable manner, and, as a self-financing entity, undertake major projects like this without funding from taxpayers.
The Harbour Master Plan will take many years to be fully realised. As we develop detailed plans, we want to ensure they reflect the ambitions of our community and preserves the distinctive character, appeal and heritage of this important Island gateway.
We have engaged with our partners and key stakeholders, and now we want to open discussions with the wider community to ensure that we find solutions that work for us all.
Our proposals are still at an early stage, but your views are important to help us refine the designs. We look forward to hearing from you.