Allix's Shipyard Project

 

This project, which began in 1999, is to revamp Allix's Shipyard at Havre des Pas. The plans, drawn up by architect Richard Le Sueur, with input from the Vingtaine and people from the Havre des Pas area, is to amalgamate the existing public area on the promenade with the garden area to make one large area from the promenade to the main road along Havre des Pas. The plan for this new enlarged area features a large boat like structure to represent the maritime history of the site with planting designed to be able to withstand the marine environment. This imaginative plan is financed by the Urban Renewal sub-committee and the Vingtaine.

Allix's Shipyard wins Design Award for 2004

La Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier is pleased to be able to report the recent award of a certificate for the Jersey Design Awards 2004. This award scheme is run by the Environment and Public Services Committee and recognises the contribution to the environment of good design and is a testament to all the hard work put in to the project by many people.

Jersey Design Awards 2004 Certificate

Opening of Allix's Shipyard

At an opening ceremony this morning (21st March 2003), attended by over forty local people, the Allix's Shipyard project was officially declared open. There are still a few finishing touches to complete but, after over three years of work, the main part of architect Richard Le Sueur's bold design is now there for all to see.

There were speeches from the Connétable of St. Helier Simon Crowcroft and Procureur of the Vingtaine, Senator Paul Routier thanking all those people who contributed to the project. These included the officers of the Planning Dept., members of the Havre des Pas Working Group, Architect Richard Le Sueur and his team, Bruce Labey who designed the garden and the planting, the contractors (Frazier Landscapes) who had worked so hard to deliver the project on time and within budget, St Peter's Garden Centre who have sponsored the ongoing maintenance of the area and finally but by no means least, Mrs Le Miere who allowed her part of the site to be included in the design.

This project is a credit to them all and creates a fine open public space for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. The ceremony concluded by the raising of flags on the two flag poles. The first was by Mrs Le Miere (surviving grand-daughter of Mr Allix) who raised the Allix flag and the second flag (the Le Sueur flag) was raised by Architect Richard Le Sueur.

Following the ceremony, those who attended were invited to take refreshments kindly provided by the Carlton Hotel.

The following press release was issued on 24th Feb 2003

24 February 2003 for newsdesks

Allix's Shipyard gets shipshape

Work to celebrate one of Jersey's most significant nineteenth century industries is well underway at the site of the former Allix's Shipyard in Havre des Pas. The deck and ribs of a ships hull are clear to see as the creation of a new public open space and interpretative facility takes shape.

There were 14 shipbuilding firms active in the Havre des Pas area at the industry's peak in the 1860s and this scheme will recall its important maritime history. Its design revolves around a central wooden feature depicting the hull of a ship under construction, which is now clear to see. The names of the boats built at the yard between 1820 and 1904 will be carved into the timber of this structure and a small mosaic panel in front of the prow of the ship together with the flags of local shipwrights and other features will tell more of the maritime history of the site.

"Having been working to achieve this scheme for so long, it is very exciting to see it begin to take shape and to emerge from the ground" said Senator Paul Routier, Chairman of the Havre des Pas Working Group and Procureur of the Vingtaine de la Ville. "It is important to continue to invest in good quality public infrastructure, including open spaces, if we are to make St. Helier a better place to live and to visit. This new area of open space will be of great value to local residents and will offer our visitors a unique experience, and a chance to discover the special qualities and character of Havre des Pas."

The scheme is being undertaken by the Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier in partnership with the Environment and Public Services Committee through the Havre des Pas Working Group, and a local landowner and relative of the Allix family, Mrs Elizabeth Le Miere. Additional support, for the ongoing maintenance of the site, is to come from St. Peter's Garden Centre.

Richard Le Sueur Architects, in association with Bruce Labey Garden Design, has developed the creative design for the scheme and the contractor is CA Frazier Landscapes Ltd.

The scheme is progressing on schedule and in budget.

Contacts
Senator Paul Routier
Procureur, Vingtaine de la Ville and Chair, Havre des Pas Working Group
Tel. 725736

Malcolm Le Boutillier
Procureur, Vingtaine de la Ville
Tel. 875544

Connetable Simon Crowcroft
Vice-President, Environment and Public Services Committee
Tel. 811811 and 720830

Other contacts
Kevin Pilley, Planning & Environment Dept.
Tel. 601441

Background information
For background information about the Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier, which is a public body that is essentially independent of the States and the Parish, please go to its website at www.vingtaine.org.

The Havre des Pas Working Group was established in September 1998 by the Planning and Environment Committee's Urban Renewal Sub-Committee. The Working Group is charged with looking at and seeking to improve the local environment and to resolve the problems of Havre des Pas, as identified by local people. It is assisted in its task by various States departments and the Parish of St. Helier and is funded by the Urban Renewal Programme.

The Group comprises local residents Marina Brydon, Tom Band, Keith Shaw, Robin Dodkins and Geno Gouveia, the Connétable of St. Helier Simon Crowcroft, Deputy Judy Martin and Senator Paul Routier (Chair). The Working Group is serviced by officers from Planning and Building Services, Public Services and the Parish of St. Helier.

Notes to News Editors
A photo opportunity/ interviews can be arranged on site.

Paul Routier is available Friday 28th February 2003

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The following press release was issued on 9th Dec. 2002

09 December 2002 for newsdesks

Allix's Shipyard relaunched

One of Jersey's most significant nineteenth century industries is being celebrated through the creation of a new public open space at the site of the former Allix's Shipyard at Havre des Pas. Work has already started on the project which recalls the important maritime history of the area.

The scheme is being undertaken by the Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier in partnership with the Urban Renewal Sub-Committee through the Havre des Pas Working Group, and a local landowner and relative of the Allix family, Mrs Elizabeth Le Miere. Additional support, for the ongoing maintenance of the site, is to come from St. Peter's Garden Centre.

The new scheme revolves around a central wooden feature depicting the hull of a ship under construction. The names of the boats built at the yard between 1820 and 1904 will be carved into the timber of this structure and a small mosaic panel in front of the prow of the ship together with other features and the use of appropriate materials throughout will tell more of the maritime history of the site.

The landscaping proposed for the scheme has been carefully selected not only to withstand its very exposed position, but also to represent some of the exotic places where the ships built at the yard might have sailed to.

The project retains a direct connection with the Allix family as a small parcel of the site is still owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Le Miere, who is related to the ship-building Allix family. The Allix family flag is to be flown at the site once again, along with those of other local shipwrights who worked out of four yards in the Havre des Pas area during the nineteenth century, upon completion of the works.

"The Vingtaine and the Havre des Pas Working Group are delighted to be bringing this exciting and innovative scheme forward together, and are able to do so through the support of the Urban Renewal Sub-Committee and St.Peter's Garden Centre" said Deputy Paul Routier, Procureur of the Vingtaine and Chair of the Havre des Pas Working Group. "Opening up the site will provide a new access route to the promenade but I am sure that the quality and the features of the new space that we aim to create here will make visitors to it want to linger and to explore the site. It will provide people with an opportunity to discover, for themselves, the richness of the history of this area, which will hopefully enhance their appreciation of the special qualities of Havre des Pas. It will be of value to locals and tourists alike."

An opportunity to undertake this project arose when a private lease on the land, which is largely owned by the Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier, came to an end. The Vingtaine and the Havre des Pas Working Group jointly developed a brief for the site outlining what they would like to see happen there and this vision has been turned into the scheme that is now being realised. Richard Le Sueur Architects, in association with Bruce Labey Garden Design, has developed proposals to produce a very high quality and creative design.

A small part of the site of the former shipyard at Havre des Pas has already been the subject of a small environmental improvement project in 1995/96. The new scheme is integrated with that which already exists to create a bigger and better space. Work is programmed to be complete by the end of March 2003.

Contacts
Deputy Paul Routier
Procureur, Vingtaine de la Ville and Chair, Havre des Pas Working Group
Tel. 725736

Malcolm Le Boutillier
Procureur, Vingtaine de la Ville
Tel. 875544

Connetable Simon Crowcroft
Chair, Urban Renewal Sub-Committee
Tel. 811811 and 720830

Other contacts
Kevin Pilley, Planning & Building Services
Tel. 601441 / 858848

Background information
For background information about the Vingtaine de la Ville de St. Helier, which is a public body that is essentially independent of the States and the Parish, please go to its website at www.vingtaine.org.

The Havre des Pas Working Group was established in September 1998 by the Planning and Environment Committee's Urban Renewal Sub-Committee. The Working Group is charged with looking at and seeking to improve the local environment and to resolve the problems of Havre des Pas, as identified by local people. It is assisted in its task by various States departments and the Parish of St. Helier and is funded by the Urban Renewal Programme.

The Group comprises local residents Marina Brydon, Tom Band, Keith Shaw, Robin Dodkins and Geno Gouveia, the Connétable of St. Helier Simon Crowcroft, Deputy Judy Martin and Deputy Paul Routier (Chair). The Working Group is serviced by officers from Planning and Building Services, Public Services and the Parish of St. Helier.

Notes to News Editors
A photo opportunity/ interviews can be arranged on site.

Paul Routier is available Tuesday 10 December between 8 am and 9 am; Wednesday 11 December 11am onwards

An artist's impression of the scheme has also been prepared.

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