Hospital designs must go through the planning process

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The hospital buildings seen from the west Photos: GOUVERNEMENT DU JERSEY

The designs, which were changed following public consultation, will now go through the formal independent planning process, with a decision likely early next year.

If the plans are approved, the final contract for what would be Jersey’s largest investment project is expected to be signed before the general election in June.

It is hoped that the new facility will be operational by the end of 2026.

Filing the formal plans was a watershed moment in a project that has been plagued by problems almost from the start a decade ago.

Following two unsuccessful planning requests to rebuild on the current Gloucester Street site – and numerous campaigns to protect other areas from development – states voted for Overdale as the preferred location last year.

But the move proved controversial, with campaign groups warning that the facility would dominate the St Helier skyline and that reshaping Westmount Road to create an access road would result in loss of trees and trees. green spaces and create other traffic problems in an area prone to traffic jams during rush hour.

The potential price – which has almost doubled to £ 804.5million and will be funded almost entirely by a government loan – has also raised concerns.

Further details will be released in the coming days, but plans show that:

– The overall height of the main hospital building has been reduced and the design has been redesigned with the aim of reducing the visual impact as a result of Islanders’ concerns.

– The mental health facility has been reduced to a single storey to reduce visual impact and moved further west due to fear of being too close to the Mont à l’Abbé cemetery.

– The height of the multi-storey car park has been reduced by one level and the roof has been redone.

– The overall number of parking spaces has increased from 690 to 550 following traffic concerns.

– The landscape buffer zones have been “considerably increased in depth” to create barriers to the cemetery, crematorium and neighboring houses.

– An additional link has been created from the maternity ward and outpatient clinic to the communal gardens.

– The size of the ‘green terraces’ has been increased.

Overall patient capacity will be “considerably greater” than the current hospital, and it will have more operating theaters, a separate maternity unit, a womens and children’s unit and more rooms. individual rooms with private bathroom available to all patients.

Professor Ashok Handa, the project’s medical director, previously said the facility would have a total area of ​​69,000 square meters – a reduction of 4,000 square meters from previous designs.

In a press release, the government said that “the staff welfare areas and the panoramic sea views [will] all contribute to a first-class and sustainable healthcare facility, which will help attract the best healthcare professionals and care for Islanders for generations to come ”.

The application also includes plans to create new woodland walks, landscaped green spaces and parks, as well as the planting of at least 860 trees.

In addition, the plans include what the government has described as a “parking solution” for Pets’ Paradise on Peirson Road.

Chief Deputy Minister Lyndon Farnham, chairman of our hospital’s political watch group, said: “Today we have taken an important step towards the delivery of our much-needed new hospital.

“During this process, we not only ensured that the public had every opportunity to provide their comments and ideas, but above all we worked closely with our healthcare professionals, who have used their medical expertise and experience to help us design a hospital for the future.

“The independent planning process will now begin and is expected to render a decision in early 2022. Subject to the approval of the application, construction can then begin in time to meet the project deadlines for our new hospital being completed and fully. operational by the end of 2026. ‘

The filing of the plans was the second major development of the project in recent weeks, after Member States last month approved proposals to set the budget at £ 804.5, with a maximum of £ 750million funded by loans. A Scrutiny amendment to cap the budget at £ 550million was rejected.

The plans were developed by architects Llewlyn Davis, who are part of the RoKFCC design and delivery partnership.


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