From Cameron McPhail.
WELL, I suppose it was inevitable that the chief executive of the National Trust for Jersey should be against the ‘brutal’ development of the Water’s Edge Hotel at Bouley Bay. Does the Pope have a balcony?
Despite the risk of being tarred and feathered by this powerful and posh lobby, I beg to differ. As I see it, the proposal by Sir Richard McCormack’s firm is inspirational.
A forward-thinking scheme of considerable imagination and architectural merit that will at long last replace that exhausted and unappealing hotchpotch of buildings masquerading as a hotel.
Even the Edge’s public bar is ironically named the Black Dog, Churchill’s self-effacing pet name for his more sombre moods.
So it’s good luck to the developers and their team and brickbats to the ossified and stuffy National Trust. If these neo-cons had their way, we would all be living in upturned boats, smoking briar pipes and harvesting vraic. No thank you, squire.
Instead let’s have more of McCormack’s up-scale marvellous modern masonry. Indeed, the sooner we tear down some of the favella-like structures that festoon and scar Jersey’s coastline, the better. Long live the revolution!
24 Château Royale,