Albert Pier project

Works to significantly enhance the services and facilities along the Albert Pier in St Helier Harbour is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021, subject to planning approval.

If approved, the works programme will see the construction of new 24-hour access berthing pontoons alongside the Albert Pier, providing the opportunity for some of the larger vessels currently berthed in Jersey to be relocated; thereby, creating greater flexibility within the port and marinas.  It will, in turn, also provide up to 20 new berths in the other marinas, benefitting the local maritime community, such as boat owners, marine traders and sea charter operations.

The plans also include the removal of the ageing Albert Pier Terminal, which is now beyond repair and nowadays only used for a short period of time during the year. Removing the building will create temporary space for contractors to work without impacting harbour operations. Passenger ferry operator, Manches Iles Express has already moved its entire operation to Elizabeth Terminal.

Following a tender process, Channel Islands based contractor Geomarine, which is part of the Garenne Construction Company has been appointed to undertake the work on behalf of Ports of Jersey.

Group Capital Projects Director for Ports of Jersey, Steve Tanner explains, “We’d hoped to start work on this project last winter, but our proposals were put on hold for 12 months while we focused our efforts in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. We have consulted and engaged extensively with our commercial operators and leisure users who have welcomed the plans and recognise the opportunities and benefits this reconfiguration of the Albert Pier will bring to leisure marine community”.

A budget of £5m has been allocated to the refurbishment and demolition programme, which, in line with other works programmes carried out by the company, will be funded entirely by Ports of Jersey. Work is planned to take place over the winter period in order to minimise disruption to harbour users. Although the overall completion of the project is not expected to be until summer 2021 this will not impact on the boating season as existing pontoons and holding berths 4 and 5 on the Albert Pier are not part of the works programme and will continue to be used to accommodate visiting and local vessels. Search and Rescue assets currently berthed on the pontoons will not be impacted as a result of the works project.

The Albert Pier project is an important investment and part of the commitment to continue to invest in critical infrastructure to ensure the Harbour is able to meet the needs of the Island into the future

CEO for Ports of Jersey, Matt Thomas, says, “Despite the impact of COVID-19 and the challenging times we face, the need for investment in St Helier Harbour has not changed.  Ports of Jersey is committed to investing in our harbour infrastructure to support the resilience of the Island’s lifeline services and supply chain, as well as the future sustainability of our maritime industries.  We look forward to sharing our broader investment plans for the development of the harbour, when the current demands of the pandemic have passed.”

If you have a question or comment in relation to the Albert Pier development, don’t hesitate get in touch by emailing ask@ports.je.

Concept image only – this is an artist impression only for illustrative purposes and therefore, the final layout of the pontoons is subject to change. 

Albert Pier Upgrade – delivery of support structures 

Thursday, 01 April 2021

Enabling work continues in preparation for the installation of new pontoons as part of the Albert Pier upgrade.

The coming weeks will see the delivery of 15 x 24-metre long piles to the construction site on the Albert Pier. These steel plate hollow tubes are the support structure for the pontoons and will be embedded into the seabed as part of the construction project, which is due to start w/c 12 April 2021.

The first set of four piles will be delivered on the evening of Tuesday 06 April from approximately 7pm. They are being transported on a specialist trailer and will be escorted from the Elizabeth Harbour trailer park and delivered to the site in front of the Albert Pier Terminal. As a result, motorists are being advised to avoid the area as Route du Port Elizabeth from the roundabout near Maritime House southbound will be closed for approximately 30 minutes.  Access to the Albert Pier will still be possible although the road will be reduced to a single lane for a short duration with drivers being asked to proceed with caution and the disruption in this area is likely to be for a further 30-minutes. Pedestrian access to the Albert Pier and businesses in the area is uninterrupted and will be via the top walkway.

Further deliveries of the remaining piles, with the same measures in place, will take place on Monday 19 April, Tuesday 04 May and Thursday 13 May 2021.

Please refer to the map for the proposed delivery route