Project to replace the St Helier house with 20 apartments
According to a town planning application, the existing 19th century property, called Bella Rocca, has been heavily altered over the years and is described as being in a modest state of repair on the outside and in poor condition on the inside.
A design statement compiled by Nissen Richards, a London-based architectural firm, says the new development would replace a “flawed and poorly converted building that has been unsympathetically enlarged and converted.”
He says: “The development will include 20 high quality residential units and will be accessible from Roussel Street with off-street parking provided along this façade and from Roussel Mews.
“There will be a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and each unit will have an outdoor amenity space – either in the form of a built-in balcony, a roof terrace, ‘a garden courtyard or a juliette balcony – as well as access to a shared landscaped courtyard.
“The predominant mass will be similar in height to neighboring buildings along rue Roussel. It will have a respectful relationship with the immediate neighbors, while causing no damage to the natural light levels currently enjoyed by these existing buildings.
Under the “percentage for art” guidelines, developers are encouraged to allocate a percentage of capital construction costs to the provision of public art.
If the request is approved, the developers say Neil McKenzie, a metallurgist and specialist artist, will be hired to build a bronze canopy that would endow the development with a red facade. This is in reference to the name Roussel, which refers to a man with red hair and a red face.
We also hope that a geometric pattern inspired by lime leaves can be engraved on the bronze canopy, in reference to the lime trees of rue Roussel.