Merayo Slate used on double award winning heritage project in Jersey

‘Weighbridge House Leads the way at the Jersey Construction Awards.’

The redevelopment of one of Jersey’s best-recognised buildings, Weighbridge House (formerly the Southampton Hotel) led the field at the Jersey Construction Awards, when it won two awards – The Ogier Best Use Of Innovation and the Benest & Syvret Project Of The Year Over £3 Million.

The awards, which recently took place at the Hotel De France saw over 300 people gather to celebrate the very best examples of companies and projects in Jersey’s Construction Industry over the past year. The keynote speaker for the prestigious event was none other than Matt Dawson MBE, the former England Rugby Union and World Cup Winner.

‘There’s no doubt that the annual Jersey Construction Council Gala Awards evening is a vitally important part of the industry’s calendar.’ said Martin Holmes, Chairman of the Jersey Construction council.

Ogier award for the ‘Best Use of Innovation’ – Winner Weighbridge House’

The brief sought to create a thoroughly modern building on the site of an historic one and required the team to work around planning agreements which ensured that part of the exterior of the building had to remain intact.

The Benest & Syvret award ‘Project of the year over 3 million’ – Winner Weighbridge House – Main Contractor Camerons Ltd – Jersey.

One of the key factors that the judges looked at was the project’s value to the community, the winner had breathed new life into buildings that were in danger of becoming redundant. The project involved working carefully on a heritage site and ensuring that a raft of planning conditions were adhered to.

We at The European Slate Company are delighted that our Merayo slate had been selected for this project. In such an exposed coastal location it was crucial we offered a slate that has a proven track record for performing in such conditions. The approval of Merayo on such a prestigious heritage project is further accreditation for the product. We spoke to Steve Marie, managing director of the development company Comprop C.I Limited. He stated ‘this project gave the team some significant challenges from design through to the retention of the listed element which required a real team effort to produce the quality building that we now have on this important site. We are delighted that the building has received recognition through the Jersey Construction Awards’.