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The Our Hospital Project (OHP) will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for the citizens of Jersey to have a world class, fully integrated, 21st century hospital that will benefit Islanders for generations to come.
The Design and Delivery partners ROK FCC JV have independently appointed community consultation leaders Soundings, to manage the extensive public engagement programme for the OHP. Soundings have over 15 years of engagement experience working with different communities around the world and will apply this experience to ensuring a collaborative and transparent approach is also established for the OHP. At Soundings, our aim is to ensure that all Islanders are accurately kept informed, know how to get in touch directly with the team and have opportunities of meaningful engagement with design team, to ensure community feedback and involvement is priority throughout the planning and design process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to the questions most commonly asked about the Our Hospital Project. They include information on the site selection process, Overdale Access, le Quennavais Health Service Relocation, Hospital Designs, Planning and other keys areas of interest. The FAQ’s are regularly updated to make sure that you receive the most up to date information directly from the team. If you have any queries that are not covered in the FAQ’s please feel free to get in touch with our consultation team. email@example.com
How was the site at Overdale selected?
The decision to approve Overdale as the site for Our Hospital was taken by the States Assembly in November 2020. The decision followed a thorough site selection and evaluation process undertaken in 2020 in which 82 potential sites were evaluated according to a set of clinical and technical criteria developed and agreed by clinicians, healthcare professionals, a Citizens’ Panel of Islanders and technical advisers.
Each of the 82 sites were tested according to these criteria, resulting in a final shortlist of 5 potential sites which were subjected to a detailed site evaluation. Thirty-five criteria were developed in consultation with key stakeholders to assess these shortlisted sites, grouped under four key themes: clinical, locational, environmental, economic and social.
The detailed technical assessments contained in the Site Evaluation Report, explored a variety of scenarios which ultimately concluded that there is no one ’perfect’ site for Our Hospital. The technical assessment did find, however, that if chosen, Overdale has potential to deliver a world-class hospital in the anticipated timeline and within budget.
What is the cost of the new hospital? What is the construction timescale? When will the hospital open?
The overall project affordability limit is set at £550 million. Construction is planned to begin in 2022, after the planning applications have been submitted and approved. The new hospital will open in 2026.
The Hospital Site and Existing Facilities
What is the layout of the hospital site? When will the final hospital layout be determined?
A masterplan and site strategy for Overdale is currently being prepared. The site strategy will establish the key parameters for the hospital design including building layout, interfaces, and entrance points. As part of this phase, various site strategy options are being developed, and tested against a range of considerations in terms of placement of the major components of the hospital, in terms of both the constraints and opportunities each option presents.
Following the confirmation of the site strategy, the team will then commence developing preliminary concept designs for the new hospital. The design team will consider many variables and factors such as maximising efficient staff and patient flows through the hospital and between departments; protection and enhancement of the existing natural assets on the site; and ensuring sufficient spacing between hospital components and surrounding properties and facilities.
A final concept design strategy is planned to be ready by spring 2021. Information on the emerging site strategy and hospital layout are available to view at our online exhibition at https://ourhospital.exhibition.app/
Will all the existing Overdale hospital buildings be demolished? When is demolition planned?
At present, A number of structures (approximately 15 - 20) are proposed to be demolished within the Overdale site. Demolition works will not occur until the relevant planning application has been approved, and not before the reprovisioning of existing healthcare services in Overdale to Les Quennevais, which is anticipated to be completed by early 2022.
Will Le Val Andre be affected by the new hospital?
We recognise the sensitivities of Le Val Andre and are trying to work with the natural assets of the site. As part of the design process, we will identify everything that could have a potential impact or encroachment on Le Val Andre, and work towards minimising or mitigating any impacts to natural features.
Will the crematorium be affected?
We are aware of the sensitivity of the crematorium. The crematorium is not included in the footprint of the Our Hospital and the design team is working on the assumption that the crematorium will remain in situ.
Services within and around the crematorium building are being considered in terms of developing the hospital design, with the aim of minimising impacts. We are currently liaising with Customer and Local Services (which is responsible for the crematorium) to ensure that the needs of the facility are considered throughout the development process, including issues such as car parking, for example.
How far will the hospital be from nearby properties?
The site layout strategy is still being prepared. Various site strategy options are being developed and tested against a range of considerations in terms of placement of the major components of the hospital, and the constraints and opportunities each option presents. As such, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer at this stage.
However, one of the primary considerations in the site layout strategy is to maintain sufficient spacing between the hospital buildings and nearby properties, in order to minimise any disturbance during construction, and avoid buildings eventually overlooking or overshadowing adjacent residential properties.
What services will be provided at the new hospital?
A Functional Brief has been prepared by the department of Health and Community Service, which provides an initial assessment what the component parts of Our Hospital will be. The Brief has been put together following more than 60 meetings and workshops across the entire Health and Community Service workforce, including senior clinicians and doctor and nurse representatives and will continue to evolve through regular clinical engagement.
It should be noted that the Functional Brief only covers services that will be provided from the new hospital itself and does not cover all the services that are currently delivered from Jersey’s hospitals. Moreover, the States Assembly’s approval of the Jersey Care Model, means there is a move to a modern model of care that is more focused on preventing conditions. In moving to a more preventive model, the Jersey Care Model recognises that not all services need to be provided in a hospital, as a community setting may often be easier to access.
The Functional Brief is available to access on our website here.
Who is deciding on the services the hospital will provide?
The Department of Health and Community Service is leading this process. More than 60 meetings and workshops across the entire Health and Community Service workforce, including senior clinicians and doctor and nurse representatives to prepare the Functional Brief, and regular clinical engagement will continue throughout the design process.
Reprovision of Healthcare Services from Overdale
Why has the former Les Quennevais school been selected to accommodate the healthcare services moving from Overdale?
Extensive work was undertaken to assess suitable options and locations to temporarily house those departments that need to vacate Overdale while the new hospital is being built, including over 40 meetings with clinicians and health staff. After careful consideration, the former Les Quennevais school site in St. Brelade was chosen as, among other things, it has the space to accommodate all existing services under one location, it has free parking and is well served by public transport.
When will the existing healthcare services move to Les Quennevais? For how long?
It is anticipated that works to make the former school site suitable for accommodating the healthcare services from Overdale will begin in the second half of 2021, with the facility being operational in 2022. Construction works will proceed after the planning application has been submitted and approved, which is expected in mid-2021.
At present, the new hospital at Overdale is anticipated to open in 2026, allowing for many of the services to be relocated back to the new hospital. The existing healthcare facilities will continue to be provided at Overdale until such time as they are relocated.
Will all existing healthcare services return to the new hospital when it is completed?
At this stage, there is no commitment to return all healthcare services back to the new hospital once it is operational as some of the services may be better located elsewhere. The States Assembly’s approval of the Jersey Care Model, means there is a move to a modern model of care that is more focused on preventing conditions. In moving to a more preventive model, the Jersey Care Model recognises that not all services need to be provided in a hospital, as a community setting may often be easier to access.
It is currently anticipated that Les Quennevais will only be a temporary facility, and it is not the intention for any healthcare services to remain there once the new hospital is operational. However, this is still being reviewed and may be subject to change over time.
Have neighbours around the Les Quennevais school been consulted? How will they continue to be involved?
We have established a Les Quennevais Neighbourhood Forum whose aim is to share information about the proposals with residents located close to the former school site, and to receive their comments and feedback on the proposals, which will be considered as part of the planning application.
The first meeting was held ‘virtually’ on 18 February, and meetings are being held regularly until the planning application is submitted. Prior to the first meeting, an invitation letter informing residents about the forum was distributed to over 200 households located close to the former school site. The recordings and presentations delivered during the meetings are available to access on our website.
Roads and Transport
How was Westmount Road selected as the preferred access route?
Following the debate in the States Assembly on 1 February 2021, Westmount Road, as a 2-way road with areas for active modes of travel, such as walking and cycling, was selected as the preferred access solution for the new hospital. The decision follows a review by the Future Hospital Review Panel of the findings of the Access Appraisal Report, which was prepared and submitted by Highways and Transport consulting engineers Arup, in December 2020.
A comprehensive appraisal of 71 different access options was undertaken as part of this report, against various criteria including accessibility, safety, impact on road networks’ capacity, environmental impacts, and constructability. The report found that many of the access options could not be taken forward for further investigation as they were not deliverable within the project timeframe or affordable within the contract limit. One-way access options that utilise Tower Road, Queen’s Road, and St John’s Road were also not being taken forward to further investigation owing to the increase in traffic on residential streets, increasing risk to neighbours, including schools and disruption.
Westmount Road (Option 7) was put forward as the preferred access solution, on the basis that it could be delivered within the project timeframe, was affordable within the contract limit, and would result in less visual and environmental impacts in comparison to access options from King George V Cottage Homes and the A1 St Aubin’s Road.
Further information can be found in the Access Appraisal Report here.
What is informing the design of the access road?
The development of the new hospital must consider appropriate access to the site, particularly in consideration of a potential increased traffic flow due to the larger capacity of the new hospital.
The road must be designed in such a way as to avoid and reduce risks of accidents, blockages, and delays to journey times. Road access to the new hospital must provide safe and reliable 24/7 access for all users including emergency vehicles, and where appropriate improve access by alternative modes of transportation by bus, pedestrians, and cyclists.
The preferred road option of Westmount Road has taken into consideration the need for changes to the alignment of Westmount and appropriate road widening, to enable the safe movement of a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic travelling to the Overdale site on a day-to-day basis due to the larger and more varied capacity of the new hospital. The widened two vehicular lane carriageway would allow for a resilient emergency service and improved bus service access.
Active travel, sustainability and accessibility are key considerations in the road design, so options are being investigated with respect to implementing an improved bus service and the provision of appropriate footways. Any travel corridor will need to include an allowance for a
constant width paved footway, cycle lane and verge.
At the same time, a foremost consideration in the design process is needed to minimise impacts on residents, People’s Park, the environment, and heritage, and to provide suitable mitigation to any predicted impacts as part of the design and planning application.
How wide is the proposed access road?
The preferred Westmount Road option takes into consideration the need to alter its alignment and widen the road to an indicative 10.7m travel corridor, to enable the safe movement of a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic travelling to the Overdale site on a day to-
day basis due to the larger and more varied capacity of the new hospital. The widened two vehicular lane carriageway would allow for a resilient emergency service and improved bus service access.
As present, the road design indicatively foresees:
- A 6.7m wide vehicular roadway, based on advice provided by the Government of Jersey;
- A 4m wider active travel route for pedestrians and cyclists;
It could also include up to 1.5m allowances for physical barriers, walls and verges either side of the travel corridor.
The road design has not been finalised and these widths are subject to change. One of the aims of the road design as it evolves will be to optimise the alignment of the road, to make it less wide where it is feasible and safe to do so.
Has a one-way access road been considered?
Various one-way systems were considered as part of the Access Options Appraisal Report. However, for the preferred access option of Westmount Road, it was assessed that the one-way system would not provide the necessary reliability and resiliency to allow for viable 24/7, safe access for all users including emergency vehicles. A one-way system would restrict emergency access to and from St. Helier and the Island overall, by adding length to journey times, and escalating the risks of blockages. For the new hospital which will host critical emergency services, a small difference in journey time could mean the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable of users.
As such, the preferred road option has taken into consideration the need for change to the alignment of Westmount and appropriate road widening, to enable an active travel route, for a potentially increased flow of two-way traffic on a day-to-day basis, and to allow for a resilient emergency service access.
Is Access Option 6: ‘to do nothing’ still being considered?
Each possible alteration to Westmount Road to create a safe, two-way access to the new hospital, will be assessed against the ‘do nothing’ options within Option 6. These assessments will then be used to inform the final designs of Westmount Road.
How much will the road development cost?
The total cost for all road and highway improvements will be approximately £15.5m. This sum is all part of the original construction cost budget, which has already been published.
How will People’s Park be affected by the road design?
Under the emerging scheme, the chevroned parking along the bottom (or eastern side) of the park would be replaced. A narrow section running up the side of Westmount Road may also be impacted, but it would not disturb the trees. It is possible that the play area towards the north west corner) could also be impacted.
The emerging proposed scheme also envisages that the park will increase in size by incorporating some of the land currently used by the bowls club (which will be relocated) and the original Westmount Road. A public walkway could be created underneath the new road to open into a new community space and extension of the green space.
The tree canopy at the back of the park (to the west) will remain unchanged, providing a natural barrier for the visual impact of the road, much as it does today. If any trees have to be removed, they will be replaced.
The full implications of the scheme on the amenity of the park, including the playground and hangman’s corner, as well as trees and ecology will be fully assessed as part of the design and in light of consultation with residents, with a view to minimizing impacts.
How will Jersey Bowling Club be affected?
As the preferred access route goes through the land of the Jersey Bowling Club, the Government of Jersey are working closely with the Jersey Bowling Club to identify alternative arrangements for this facility.
Where will the parking for the new hospital be located?
The location of the car park has not yet been determined, as the site layout concepts are at a preliminary stage in the design process. However, the aim will be to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available close to the main hospital entrance.
How many parking spaces will be available at the hospital?
A travel survey is being undertaken with staff, patients and visitors which will inform the number of car parking spaces that are needed and will inform the design of the carpark. Sustainability and accessibility are also important considerations in the project design, so alternative modes of transportation are also being investigated in terms of bus services and their frequency, and the provision of appropriate footway and cycling provision. The aim being to reduce the overall number of car parking spaces to what is necessary and not to encourage more car use to the hospital.
What will happen to the trees on the hospital site?
This will be assessed further as part of the environmental impact assessment, which forms part of the planning application. The current intent is to preserve the oak tree which is located in the middle of the site, and to optimise the design and layout of the buildings and landscape to retain as many trees as possible. As it is envisaged that the hospital will be situated on the flat area to the east of the valley, this should minimise significant tree loss to the valley and woodland to the west of the site. Where trees are lost, appropriate mitigation measures will be put in place.
What will happen to the trees on Westmount Road?
The aim is to retain all trees, including those which run adjacent to the perimeters of the park and up the first section of Westmount Road, where new cycle lanes and footpaths will be created. Also, the tree canopy at the back of the park (to the west) will remain unchanged, providing a natural barrier for the visual impact of the road, much as it does today. If any trees have to be removed, they will be replaced.
Environmental Management and Sustainability
What impact will there be on noise and air quality, and how will these be managed?
An Environmental Impact Statement will be submitted as part of the planning application that will consider potential impacts associated with construction, including noise, vibration, and dust and identify ways to mitigate and minimize these impacts on surrounding neighbours.
Studies are being undertaken as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment to assess existing noise and air quality conditions, and modelling will then be performed to understand the potential impacts of construction and operation. The findings of these studies will then inform what mitigation measures would be required to minimize these impacts. Consultation on potential impacts and measures to mitigate them will form part of the assessment process.
Rok Fcc JV are members of the Considerate Constructors Programme and are committed to minimizing any disturbance caused, and to ensuring that all contractors will comply with the programme’s requirements.
Planning Applications and Timeline
What planning applications are being prepared?
Three separate planning applications are being prepared:
- the main hospital application, which will include the Overdale access;
- the reprovisioning of health services from Overdale;
- the site preparation application, which will include demolition of existing buildings in Overdale.
When will the planning applications be submitted?
The planning applications for the site preparation (including demolition works), and for the reprovisioning of healthcare services from Overdale will be submitted in spring 2021. The planning application for the main hospital, including the Overdale access, is planned to be submitted in September 2021.
Public Consultation and Engagement
How is public feedback being considered in design and planning process?
Feedback shared with us throughout the project is logged and recorded and shared with the design team. This feedback is important in shaping and informing the emerging designs. All feedback, meetings and public consultation will also be reported in a Statement of Community Consultation, which will form part of the planning application. Interim consultation reports will also be prepared and made public.
How have neighbours around the hospital site been consulted? How will they continue to be involved?
We have established an Overdale Neighbourhood Forum, made up of residents around the site. Meetings have been held monthly since December 2020, where information is shared about the hospital and road design, among other items, and residents can provide feedback on the emerging designs. Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings will continue to be held monthly until the planning application for the hospital is submitted.
Invitations to attend the these ‘virtual’ meetings have been issued via letter drop. The most recent letter drop in February 2021 was distributed to approximately 1000 homes. Any resident of the Overdale area who wishes to attend these meetings can do so, by informing us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recordings and minutes of each of the Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings are available to view on our website.
How can I get involved?
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with the OHP Consultation team using the following details:
- Call: 01534 481297
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit our website: www.ourhospital.je/community
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The timeline below sets out the key milestones for the delivery of the Our Hospital Project. We have ensured that there will be opportunities for you to get involved and share your feedback as the design develops, through a programme of extensive consultation events and activities.
Preferred access route selected
Feb - Mar 2021
Development of concept design
Apr - Jun 2021
Development of hospital design
Submission of hospital planning application
Sep 2021 - Mar 2022
Developed design public inquiry
New Hospital Opens
To make sure that you are kept updated about important engagement events please see the upcoming events below. Should you wish to get involved or receive more information from the team about any upcoming evens please feel free to get in touch with our dedicated consultation team email@example.com.
Community Liaison Group
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Overdale Neighbours Forum
6:00pm - 8:00pm
It is essential that you are able to access and review important documents pertaining to the Our Hospital Project. This section of the website provides a formal record of documents and reports issued throughout the consultation process, which will be regularly updated to keep you informed. Please feel free to view these documents at your leisure.
Overdale Neighbourhood Forum Documents
Les Quennevais Neighbourhood Forum Documents
Community Liaison Group Documents
Project Reports and Documents
Previous Consultation Materials
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