La Folie – A brief history

A Brief History of La Folie

The historical waterfront quay, which covers 3,400 square metres, is located between the old English and French Harbours on the south east coast of St Helier and was once part of the thriving local shipbuilding industry.

Some of the buildings and sheds that form part of La Folie site are currently being used for a mix of trades and other purposes, but many of them are in need of improvement and therefore, not commercially sustainable in the long term.

In its heyday, La Folie Inn was the favoured ‘watering-hole’ for Jersey fishermen and harbour workers but due to a fall in business closed in 2004 and since then has remained in a state of disrepair.

Various options for the redevelopment of the site have been considered over the years by the States of Jersey, but these have either proved to be financially unviable or have failed to attract sufficient levels of public support and/or public will. However, in 2015 following the incorporation of Ports of Jersey the site and its future development was entrusted to the newly formed company allowing for a more proactive approach to moving the project forward.

Ports of Jersey acknowledges the considerable public interest in the site and the fact that it has played such a prominent role in the Island’s rich maritime heritage, which is why it is seeking public suggestions and ideas as well as commercial proposals from potential business partners as to its future.

Any members of the public who wish to submit a written comment can do so by emailing or send in the post to Jonathan Crick, Chief Commercial Officer, Ports of Jersey, Jersey Airport, St Peter, Jersey, JE1 1BY. Any businesses interested in discussing future commercial opportunities or potential uses should, in the first instance, email

Factors including the financial viability of any proposition together with the objective of delivering a proposal that will enhance the waterfront area for the ultimate benefit of the entire Island must be taken into consideration. All comments and business propositions will be reviewed and where appropriate, more detailed assessments will be undertaken before any decision is made as to the best course of action.

Questions and Answers

Questions from the public answered.