The long-anticipated restoration for Saumarez Park's Japanese pavilion is finally complete, after a summer of hard work by those involved.
As one of the sponsors of this fantastic project, we are delighted to see this important structure be given a new lease of life after years of being laid derelict. The added bridge is a significant new feature, making the Pavilion more accessible and available to everyone to enjoy.
Originally built in 1935, the pavilion has been a favourite spot for families over the years, whether feeding the ducks, finding a quiet spot to rest or watching our island wildlife, but has been marked unfit for use since 2019.
Pierre Jehan, our Client Services Director, said: "The unveiling of this new pavilion was a fantastic event, and we are thrilled to see this project come to fruition. We encourage everyone to go and visit the park and view the amazing craftsmanship that has gone into this community project."
Our CEO, Olly Duquemin, said: "The original Japanese Pavilion was a compelling structure, holding memories from many of our childhoods. We are delighted to have been a part of restoring the spot to its original glory and opening it up for all our islanders to enjoy for years to come."
The project was led by the Rotary Club of Guernsey, with sponsorship from Butterfield, Resolution IT, the John Ramplin Charity Trust and The Constables of Castel. The build was completed by Paul's Joinery, with help along the way from Sarnian Roofing, Bob Froome & Son, Norman Piette, PF+A Architects, Fusion Engineering, Scaffolding Services and Petersfield Plant Centre.
Photos by Chris George.