ONE of Jersey’s most valuable pieces of real estate is set to be transformed as part of a far-reaching £200m redevelopment of St Helier’s popular tourist area.

The Jersey Development Company (JDC) has instructed internationally-renowned planning specialists Gillespies to oversee the project which is set to include a new National Art Gallery, seaside amphitheatre, pier, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and more than 1000 new homes.

A key aspect of the brief for Gillespies is to improve connectivity between the old town and the port area and make it considerably easier for cyclists and pedestrians to get around the island capital’s most popular areas.

London-based architects Heta are taking the lead on design work with outline planning applications due to be submitted this spring and the ten-year works programme expected to start towards the end of 2022.

The JDC is the Government of Jersey’s property arm and their plans also include a new public park, underground car park and landscaped gardens at Les Jardins de la Mer.