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La Vallette redevelopment is on target for 2022 completion

THE redevelopment at La Vallette looks set to meet its early 2022 completion date, as construction work moves on at a pace.

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DLM Architects director Dave de la Mare said all the groundwork at the bathing pools site has been done, including removing sections of the building. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29678908)

DLM Architects director Dave de la Mare said all the groundwork at the St Peter Port bathing pools site had been completed, including digging out and removing sections of the building.

‘All the reinforcing work is complete ready for the new walls for the surrounds of the kiosk,’ he said.

‘We have rebuilt the concrete slab and have created the space for the new staircase linking the changing rooms to the kiosk.

‘The concrete staircase and surrounding flooring needs to be poured in as one piece with a completely smooth face so it has to be done perfectly.

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‘We have excavated back in the mound of the site to increase the size of the kiosk, making space for the toilets and lift to the top level pavilion.

‘Each level engages with the other, culminating in the green space of the pavilion, which has extraordinary views and will keep the sun for the longest because of its elevation.’

Mr de la Mare emphasised the importance of accessibility built into all the plans to ensure all users can access all areas of the new building.

(Picture By Peter Frankland, 29678912)

‘The uses of the pavilion marry with the other uses on the site and the design allows for those uses to evolve and remain flexible with accessibility for all.’

Helen Bonner-Morgan, community lead for Vive La Vallette, the charity dedicated to renovating the area, said: ‘We are delighted with how the project is progressing, thanks to former Garenne Group managing director Andy Hall, who is our building manager, and DLM Architects.

‘We are keen to attract a wide variety of users for the redevelopment and hope to be able to announce new sponsorships later this week.

‘It is all about using the space meaningfully and working closely with community groups, schools, other charities and anyone else keen to use the space.’

Work on the redevelopment project got under way earlier this year, with the first stage of the £1.5m. project seeing a new cafe, community function space and changing rooms.