Market engagement begins for Elizabeth Harbour
From Port of Jersey
9th November 2022
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.
About St Helier Harbour Master Plan
The Harbour Master Plan is a long-term development plan that will transform Elizabeth Harbour, La Collette and Victoria Pier, the Old Harbours and La Folie, Albert Pier, and New North Quay.
It proposes to start with the most immediate need – the redevelopment of Elizabeth Harbour. Elizabeth Harbour’s trailer operation is the Island’s lifeline for vital supplies such as food, medicines, mail and clothing, and is now exceeding capacity. So the existing crane operation will move from New North Quay to Elizabeth Harbour to sit alongside the trailer freight operation.
The demolition of the existing terminal building will not take place until the new terminal building is completed, allowing operations to continue while construction is underway.
An Environmental Impact Assessment for Elizabeth Harbour is being developed, which will highlight any impact this work could have on the environment and the neighbouring community, and its findings will be included in the planning application. A Construction Environmental Management Plan will detail how the environment will be protected during construction.