HOK, a global architecture, planning and engineering firm, has been named lead designer and masterplanner by the States of Jersey for the redevelopment of Fort Regent, a former fortress turned multipurpose community facility in St. Helier, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel.
The redevelopment of the 22-acre (9-hectare) site will breathe new life into an historic site that contains Jersey’s largest leisure and entertainment venue. The design proposal will enable the Fort to become a centre of sporting excellence, as well as Jersey’s premier entertainment and events destination. HOK’s masterplan strengthens the business case required to seek public funding for the redevelopment.
To accommodate the expected increase in attendance, the plan features a lift and iconic skyway linking St. Helier’s town centre to the public park surrounding the Fort. The proposed design utilises the Fort’s external ditches to create space for a dedicated conference and exhibition centre and 2,000-seat music auditorium.
Adding the auditorium within the existing fabric required HOK’s team to design innovative spatial and structural solutions to ensure that the facility can accommodate sport, conference and music events. In addition to redeveloping the public park, the proposal features the creation of a covered internal piazza that will be accessible to the public and act as a focal point for islanders.
John Rhodes, HOK’s Director of Sports & Entertaiment Architecture in London, said:
The design for Fort Regent will enrich the visitor experience by combining a vibrant range of existing and future uses, creating dynamic synergies inside the historic facility.
Larry Malcic, HOK Design Principal in London, added:
Fort Regent is unique in its size, history and eclectic mix of current users and activities. Our design concept will attract visitors by reinforcing the sports and fitness activities at the heart of the Fort whilst creating more diversity with outstanding facilities for cultural, community and entertainment functions.
In addition to HOK, the design team includes Jersey-based practices Page Architects, Ross Gower Associates and Tillyard, as well as UK consultants WSP and IPW. Local agencies, associations and the staff at Fort Regent also are providing guidance.
HOK’s sports and entertainment group specialises in creating environments and communities for sporting, cultural and entertainment events. HOK’s design services include sports architecture and master planning; arena, stadia and theatre design; conference and exhibition centre architecture; event planning and overlay; sustainable design consulting and facilities operations analysis. The sports and entertainment team continues work on the master plan for the Dubai World Expo 2020 following the successful bid phase. HOK recently announced an agreement to acquire US-based 360 Architecture, one of the world’s leading designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centres, and mixed-use entertainment districts. For further information, visit their website at: hok.com
HOK’s John Rhodes is a member of the Sports Venue Architecture panel at this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub September 24-26. To guarantee your place, register online today!