Clos de Paradis
AC Mauger Construction were the main contractor for the client Clos de Paradis Trust to provide a mixture of refurbished and new houses at Clos de Paradis, La Pouquelaye, St Helier.
The contracted works consisted of total refurbishment of eight houses with the scope of work including new roofing, windows, internal walls and staircases; new kitchens, bathrooms and built-in storage; new floor finishes and doors and insulated render to the properties; two storey extensions to the rear of the properties, external work including gardens, paving, brick paved driveways, garden walls, entrance canopies, heating system and total new electrics, plumbing and fencing.
The new build housing consisted of fourteen units in three different house types, 13 3 bedroom houses and 1 4 bedroom house.
The estate entrance was completely remodelled and eased to allow better vehicular and pedestrian access. Due to the extent of the works, it was necessary to carry this out during the summer holidays of 2012 and involved La Pouquelaye road being closed for the duration, it was imperative to complete this work during the limited time frame so careful planning, which started more than four months before commencement, was required by the site team.
Another aspect to the project was the provision of totally new infrastructure works to the estate - new mains drainage, JEC mains cables and a new substation, new water mains and new telecom cables. This again required careful planning as all this work was carried out in the roads of the estate and access for existing tenants and emergency vehicles needed to be maintained at all times.
This was coupled with the challenge of maintaining existing services to the houses whilst installing the new services - a lengthy and difficult installation.
Throughout the area a new road layout was created, new footpaths added, new street lighting installed together with planting to communal areas and the protection of existing trees around the estate.
AC Mauger, Morris Architects and the Clos de Paradis Trust constantly strived to make all the tenants of Clos de Paradis a part of the experience rather than just living on a building site.
Tim Marsh, AC Mauger Project Manager, was the point of contact for all the residents and made his site office available for residents to visit and meet with him to discuss any issues or concerns. “It was important to us that the tenants knew that the project team had the same end goals and ethos as they did” he said, “we were all working to ensure that the project ran smoothly and that the end result was a much improved living environment.”
The project was completed within the desired time frame and on budget with all the challenges created by the inhabited environment, restrictions of access and movement and complicated infrastructure works successfully overcome. The truest assessment of the project’s success can only be made by the residents now with a modern, new look estate to call home.