Commercial Property Development
With the exception of just a few projects, Falles Properties act as developer and as main contractor, in which we acquire the property and we project manage and oversee all aspects of the design, construction or conversion and the fit-out.
Commercial Projects Completed Since 2000
The Jack Falle Centre, Plat Douet Road, St. Saviour
Here the company acted as main contractor on behalf of the Jack Falle Foundation in the construction of a community centre building, on land where once stood the original Falle family home, Bagot Villa. Comprising a general/sports hall, function rooms, a nursery creche and a cafe, the new community centre building was named The Jack Falle Centre in an official opening ceremony, after the company’s present chairman’s father. Elim Rock now operates it as a community centre and church.
Rathbone House, 15-17 The Esplanade, St. Helier
Owned by the company for many years, this commercial site located in a prominent position within the prime office business district in St. Helier, was occupied by Falles Hire Cars from where they operated their hire car fleet. With serious interest from prospective financial institutions, the company appointed a design team to prepare an office scheme to fully utilise the site’s potential. Subsequently planning approval was obtained for a prestigious landmark building comprising 33,000 sq.ft of category ‘’ office space with underground parking for 26 cars. With a pre-let agreement signed with a blue chip financial institution, the company appointed AC Mauger Construction as the main contractor to oversee all aspects of the 14 month build and fit-out with the project being completed and the head tenant taking occupation in July 2006. This property has since been renamed Hawksford House.
Law House, 1-3 Seale Street, St. Helier
The company purchased this corner town centre commercial property, which comprised un-modernised vacant offices over an existing jewellery shop. A specialist office architect, Elliot Design Partnership, was appointed to redesign the office proposition, creating modern open plan office space with raised floors, lift access, new double-glazed windows and air-conditioning throughout. A new retail unit was also created at street level. Once planning approval was obtained, the company acted as main contractor project managing the construction and the fit-out with works completing in late 2009, with a law training organisation taking a lease on all three office floors in July 2010 and a beauty salon taking a lease on the newly created retail unit.
Victoria Road Garage,Â St. Saviour
This was a very challenging project for the company, as it involved the re-wiring, re-plumbing re-cladding of an existing steel-cladded commercial building, which was leased and occupied by a vehicle workshop business. All the refurbishment and building works had to be carried out, with the minimum amount of disruption to the tenant. Not an easy task considering that the new insulated outer skin steel cladding could not be installed without first having to remove with difficulty all the old rusty steel cladding and reinforce and repair the existing structural steel frame. With planning approval obtained, all the interior-related works were undertaken including the electrical re-wiring, the plumbing and all drainage works and then a rain-proof scaffold erected enveloping the structure so that the re-cladding works could go ahead. Extra provision had to be made to ensure the site was made totally secure to prevent unauthorised access and to safeguard the tenant’s contents and equipment. All works were successfully completed on time in 2012 with the tenant now enjoying a much improved and more efficient premises from which to operate his garage business from.