Homes at De Quetteville Court high-rise block in St Helier are to benefit from a major investment programme this year. The Housing Minister, Deputy Andrew Green, has approved the contractors that will be invited to take part in the tender process for the work.
Homes at De Quetteville Court will be completely modernised and re-equipped as part of the Housing Department’s ongoing programme of bringing its property portfolio up to the Decent Homes Standard. De Quetteville Court is an eight-storey high-rise building with 32 two-bedroomed homes in need of refurbishment. An external wall insulation system will be applied and new double-glazed windows, doors and balcony screens will be installed to improve thermal insulation, making the building more energy efficient. At the same time, the flat roof covering will be removed and a new insulated roof covering applied.
Kitchens and bathrooms will be replaced and all of the mains services will be overhauled. Each home will be fitted with a modern and efficient heating and hot water system, mechanical ventilation to bathrooms and kitchens, improved door entry systems, and new emergency low-energy lighting. The upgrade will make improvements to the fire safety features already installed in the building.
The work is considered too disruptive for tenants to remain in their homes through the refurbishment. The Department has worked closely with them and is in the process of finding alternative permanent homes ahead of the planned works.
Deputy Green said: “We remain committed to ensuring that all of our properties meet the English Decent Homes Standard within the next ten years. The vast majority already meet the standard and we have a robust refurbishment programme to deal with the small number that currently don’t. We are also going to be building more high-quality homes, investing up to £250m to help meet Jersey’s housing needs and creating new communities along the way. This year alone we will be starting projects worth in excess of £22m, which will not only deliver new homes and see the refurbishment of existing properties, but will put significant funds back into the economy by supporting the local construction industry. This investment has been made possible by States Members agreeing to borrow the capital sum to underpin our development and refurbishment programme.”