Jenner – Building Folkestone’s Future – The Seafront Development
Before lockdown, local building firm Jenner was awarded the contract to build the first phase of the Folkestone Seafront Development. The family run business has a 145 year track record of delivering world-class constructions, so making them the ideal group to lead this project. Since March, the construction industry has come to terms with how to work safely through the coronavirus outbreak. Folkelife explores how the company is achieving this for the benefit of Folkestone’s future.
local investment in regeneration
Jenner is a family business and for the Folkestone Harbour and Seafront Development Company (FH&SDC) to award contracts to a local firm means that investment stays in our town. Jenner’s employees are from the local area and they subcontract to local firms. They are back on site to continue building the world’s first multi-storey skatepark – F51; this expertise confirms their capability to bring the seafront development plans to life.
Martin Sandall, managing director of Jenner Group: “Jenner firmly believe the time is now right to begin a phased safe return to construction, to fulfil contractual commitments to our valued clients and benefit both society and the economy by keeping flagship community projects such as F51 moving forwards towards completion.”
lockdown priority working
Work started on the new site on the seafront in February 2020 but was halted due to lockdown measures a few weeks later. It is vital that anyone working on this site is safe and protected in the workplace. Supply chains were disrupted, and crucial materials needed for the ground works became difficult to get hold of. In the current situation, the company have ensured that there is heightened hygiene and cleaning measures in place for all workers.
Ground works to establish the secure foundations for the first building in the seafront development will start again with these extensive safety measures in place. The company has made sure that all subcontractors have access to the materials they need. Their safety is paramount and will not be compromised for productivity.
Social distancing remains critical, and will do for a number of months. The contractors working on the new development have clear guidelines which have been endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). These guidelines contain advice and recommendations for their safety and anyone not following them will be removed from the site. Jenner’s duty of care to everyone working on the site is that they are safe and well, therefor enabling work to continue to improve the town.
continued improvements to the harbour
All during lockdown the FH&SDC has been able to work continuously to maintain and repair the Harbour Arm and Station. This is a vital element of the regeneration project, providing a wonderful place to promenade, eat, drink and enjoy the views of Folkestone and its surrounds. This work has been carried out following strict safety measures, social distancing and increased hygiene practices. The company is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the area when lockdown restrictions are lifted.