First Names Group’s Jersey team is settling in as the newest residents of landmark waterfront office development, Gaspé House. This milestone office move represents, group-wide, our biggest relocation to date – bringing just shy of 300 ‘First Names’ together under one roof for the first time.
Previously, our Jersey operations had been split across three separate offices in St Helier, spanning the Esplanade and both ends of Castle Street. First Names Group now occupies the entire second floor of Gaspé House.
Purpose-built by developers Dandara, Gaspé House boasts a prime position in the new Esplanade Quarter on St Helier’s waterfront. It was completed for occupation at the end of 2016 when the first tenant, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), took up residence across its third, fourth and fifth floors. RBC has since been joined by Deloitte, offshore law firm Collas Crill, and now us.
The state-of-the-art ‘Grade A’ office space seats all of our Jersey-based First Names in an acre of space across two wings, East and West. It includes a large client suite area featuring seven meeting rooms, four front-facing, as well as ten internal meeting rooms and various breakout areas. The glass-walled south-west corner of the office is home to a sizeable staff café, offering unrivalled bay views and sunshine. Showers and a drying room are also available, and an additional space on the ground floor houses a new dedicated training room.
Ben Newman, Managing Director of First Names Group in Jersey, said of the move:
“Given our significant expansion in Jersey over the past few years, it has long been part of the plan to relocate to a single office space that could comfortably accommodate everyone while also allowing room for future growth. Our move to Gaspé House not only fulfilled this strategic goal but highlights the continued importance of our Jersey operations as we move forward as part of SGG Group following our recent acquisition.
“In planning the move, our project team had decided early on that rather than a phased approach we would ‘go big’ and move everyone at the same time – allowing everyone to enjoy their first day in the new premises together. This was of course a huge challenge but I’m very proud to say we pulled it off! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave up their weekend to help get the job done. Your enthusiasm, dedication and team work has been truly exceptional.”
Our big office move took place over the weekend of 21-22 July with business resuming as planned on Monday morning. Our new Jersey address is:
2nd Floor, Gaspé House
Jersey JE1 1GH