After two years of campaigning and the successful acquisition of sufficient funding, the restoration of West Park’s Victorian Marine Lake will now go ahead.
The Lake Working Group is pleased to announce that, following a comprehensive tender process, the building contracts have been signed today, awarding the renovation work to local company Rateavon Jersey Ltd.
The restoration is due to commence next week, with a planned completion date of 1st July 2014.
Once complete, the lake, which was originally built to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, will be restored to its former glory and will benefit from the addition of a new adjoining beach concession. By agreement with the Parish of St Helier, the facility will be managed and run by the Bosdet Foundation, which has exciting regeneration plans for the area. The primary intention is to create a first-class beach and water sports facility for both the community and tourists alike.
The Constable of St Helier Mr Simon Crowcroft commented: “I am delighted that this project, which will bring West Park beach back to life and be of great benefit to the Island in general, and in particular the Parish of St Helier, has now moved forward to the point of contractors commencing work on site. The lake is an asset which will once again enjoyed by people of all ages.”
Mr Lee Henry, Managing Director of the States of Jersey Development Company, said: “Jersey Development Company is delighted to partner with the Parish of St Helier in realising the regeneration of the West Park Marine Lake for the benefit of the community. There has been a great deal of interest from potential user groups, and the Marine Lake will once again bring activity to the beach at West Park.”
Mr Pierre Horsfall, Chairman of the Constable’s Working Group and Chairman of the West Park Marine Lake Trust, commented: “I am really delighted that we have managed to get this project underway, I am convinced that it will be of great benefit to the community, especially as the new facility will enable those with disabilities to participate in water sports. It will also be a great asset for tourism. I thank the many supporters and advisers who have helped get the project this far and I am particularly grateful to the Bosdet Foundation for undertaking the management of the facility.”