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New hospital for Jersey gets the go-ahead

The go-ahead has been granted for a new 70,000 m2 hospital, to be built on the existing Overdale Hospital site in St Helier, in what is expected to be one of the largest public projects ever undertaken in Jersey.

With an associated budget of £804 million, the Our Hospital Project has been granted full planning permission following the publication of the Planning Inspector’s report recommending approval, and subsequent formal consent by Jersey’s Minister of the Environment. Designed by Llewelyn Davies, the new hospital is expected to become fully operational by late 2026.

The Design and Delivery Partner is a joint venture partnership between ROK and FCC Construcción known as ROK FCC JV. As lead architects, Llewelyn Davies was originally employed in July 2020 to assist with the evaluation and selection of five shortlisted sites. From November 2020 through to the submission of the detailed application exactly one year later, under Project director, Stephen Featherstone and lead Clinical director, Robert Etchell, the planning and design of OHP has been developed with extensive public and clinical engagement.

Stephen Featherstone said: “This is a massive achievement for the design and delivery team and the people of Jersey. A huge number of people have been involved in making this project a tremendous success, including incredibly supportive clinical teams for whom this outcome is richly deserved. The people of Jersey have long been wanting this project to be delivered, and now it finally can.”

Planning Inspector, Philip Staddon, added: “Given the nature of this once-in-a-generation development proposal, accepting the importance and imperative of delivering the hospital on this allocated site, the key overarching test is whether the application proposal represents the very best proposal in planning terms when considered ‘in the round’. My conclusion is that it does. The result is an undisputedly high-quality healthcare campus, with contemporary buildings in an attractive landscaped setting, which would enable patients and others within the hospital building to enjoy a very pleasant, indeed quite stunning, environment and panoramic views out to sea.”

The OHP project team includes Llewelyn Davies (lead architect, clinical planning, and interior design), Arup (civil, structures, MEP engineering, and transport), Soundings (consultation), LDA Design (landscape), and Temple (statutory planning), Urban Counsel (built heritage), Morris Architects (local architects), MJM (healthcare planners), and TProjects (arts consultants).

 

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