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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.
This exhibition provides an update on the emerging concept designs for the Our Hospital Project. p.p1 The proposals in this exhibition represent work completed under RIBA Stage 2 - Concept Design. In this exhibition, you will find information about the consultation to date, the emerging master plan, hospital concept designs, interior concepts, landscape concepts, and access proposals.
This exhibition provides an overview of the relocation plans including information about the use of the building, access, and parking strategy as well as the landscaping proposals. It also provides information about the further assessments being undertaken to identify appropriate mitigation measures to reduce any potential impacts on neighbours.
This exhibition provides an overview of the information related to the demolition works as part of the Our Hospital Project, including the phasing and timeline, buildings to be demolished, site access and traffic management, environmental management, and ways in which neighbours and the Our Hospital Project team will continue to communicate and engage.
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Below you will find answers to the questions most commonly asked about the Our Hospital Project. They include information on:
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
Overdale was approved by the States Assembly on 17th November 2020 as the preferred site for a new hospital. This was the culmination of a comprehensive and thorough site evaluation process that included a Citizens’ Panel and continual engagement with clinicians. A sequential process, free of political input, eliminated unsuitable sites at each stage, according to specific criteria set by the Citizens’ Panel and clinicians. In the initial phase of the selection process, Islanders were asked to suggest potential sites and more than 80 options were proposed. A list of 17 sites were then taken forward after passing the first two sets of criteria. After further consideration this was reduced to a shortlist of five. Two of these – Overdale and People’s Park – were the final options. At this stage States Members on the Political Oversight Group and the Council of Ministers agreed that People’s Park should not be progressed as the States had already discounted it during a debate in 2019. The full site evaluation report can be found at gov.je/ourhospital
While the site passed the first two clinical criteria tests - in that would be large enough to accommodate all the required clinical and support services, including staff and service (access) facilities and it may be able to deliver the hospital within the project timeline, it did not meet all of the criteria, specifically:
Furthermore, during the previous Future Hospital project, a planning inspector's report said of the site: "It is within the Green Zone, where there is a presumption against all forms of development [and] it would conflict with the Island Plan's strategic focus of development in the built-up area. Its location would not be particularly accessible or sustainable. It is likely that visual impacts would be significant and far-reaching, given its relative elevation above the town. This option would involve major challenges to the Island Plan and could only be realistically considered, in Planning terms, if more sustainably located sites were demonstrably not available or workable."
The site passed the first two clinical criteria tests, in that would be large enough and may be able to deliver the hospital within the project timeline. However, it did not meet the following criteria:
During the previous Future Hospital project a planning inspector's report said of the site: "…the pursuit of this option would fundamentally conflict with the Island Plan. Its remoteness from the main centre of the Island's population, the potential destruction of a fine Grade 1 listed building, and the likely serious impacts on the character and appearance of the area, would conflict with a raft of strategic and other polices within the Island Plan.”
Construction is planned to begin in 2022, after the planning applications have been submitted and approved. The new hospital will open in 2026.
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/
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.
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.
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.
The Delivery Partner is 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.
The cost of designing and constructing Our Hospital is approximately £550m, which also includes the redevelopment of Westmount Road and the temporary moving of health services from Overdale to the former Les Quennevais School during the construction. A further £250m will be set aside, but may not all be required, to cover a contingency fund, optimism bias, the necessary land acquisition and any further unforeseen costs.
The States have so far deliberated for more than eight years and spent considerable sums of money and failed at all previous attempts to deliver a new hospital. The timeline and momentum, which is driving the project, is determined by our ageing and decaying health estate, and the unsustainable cost of maintaining it beyond 2026. This is why there can be no further delay.
It is planned that Our Hospital will begin receiving its first patients by the end of 2026.
All of the services, which include 267 beds (and a further 169 day care beds), 75% of which will be individual en-suite bedrooms, a dedicated women and children’s unit and a staff wellbeing centre, are set out in a document called the Functional Brief. This continually evolving piece of work has been put together with the Island’s senior clinicians and helps brief the designers on what should be included in the hospital and its surrounding campus. The Functional 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. The most recent version of the Functional Brief, which is an evolving document, can be read on ourhospital.je/news-and-updates
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.
A substantial proportion of Islanders have private health insurance or are affluent enough to want to spend their own money on healthcare, which allows the Government to generate income to offset the costs of modern healthcare. Spending money on providing such facilities is an investment that will reap significant returns, all of which would be ringfenced for States Healthcare funding. Without a private offering, patients may travel to the UK for treatment and those healthcare tourists who choose Jersey for their healthcare would no longer visit. If the new hospital did not have private facilities, it is likely a separate and private commercial hospital would be created for private patients in Jersey, depriving Health of significant income streams.
Training staff is a key ingredient which not only develops local talent, but aids staff retention as fewer talented Islanders in medical practice will need to travel overseas to develop their skills and experience. Furthermore, a modern and purpose-built knowledge and training centre will attract a high calibre of health professionals to teach and lecture who, in turn, will also treat and care for Islanders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A travel survey has been 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.
The road must be designed 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. Any travel corridor will need to include an allowance for a constant width paved footway, cycle lane and verge.
The chevroned parking along the bottom (or eastern side) of the park is likely to be impacted. A narrow section running up the side of Westmount Road may also be impacted, but every effort will be made not disturb the trees. It is possible that the play area towards the back corner (north west corner) of the park may need to be relocated elsewhere in the park, in consultation with the parish.
Under the proposed scheme, 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.
The aim is to retain as many trees as possible, 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. If any trees have to be removed, they will be replaced.
The total cost for all access improvements to Westmount Road will be approximately £15.5m. This sum is all part of the original construction cost budget.
As soon as the Project Team are permitted access back on to Parish of St Helier land, technical surveys – including environmental, topographical and transport impact assessments – will resume and detailed plans for the road produced. These will then be submitted as part of the independent planning process, allowing members of the public to contribute their feedback
Any increase in width to the access route will be to allow two ambulances or buses to safely pass one another, but also include footpaths and dedicated cycle routes.
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. Recordings and minutes of each of the Overdale Neighbourhood Forum meetings are available to view on ourhospital.je
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.
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.
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.
Three separate planning applications are being prepared:
For the demolition Application (Application 1), we are seeking permission to demolish those buildings on the existing Overdale hospital site which are already in Government of Jersey (GOJ) ownership. The remaining properties, not currently in GOJ ownership, will not be included in Application 1.Our intention is to submit Application 1 in summer 2021, receive planning permission in winter 2021-22 and commence the demolition works by spring 2022.
The early demolition works for which we seek permission in Application 1, will concentrate on the vacant building s on the Overdale site. Other buildings will need to remain operational while the former Les Quennevais school is being prepared to temporarily accommodate healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale Hospital – see Application 2.The early demolition of the existing Overdale Hospital buildings will allow the excavation of the foundations for the new hospital building to commence shortly after planning permission has been granted for the main hospital - See Application 3.
The project team has recently issued a formal request to GOJ for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening opinion, to confirm whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be needed to accompany our planning application.
For the Reprovision of Health Services planning application (Application 2), we are seeking permission to re-provide at Les Quennevais, the healthcare services currently being facilitated at Overdale.Our intention is to submit Application 2 in summer 2021, receive planning permission in winter 2021 and commence the reprovision works (estimated to last for nine months) in the first quarter of 2022.
An Environmental Impact Assessment is unlikely to be needed for Application 2. We are currently seeking GOJ confirmation on this.
For the main hospital planning application (Application 3), we are seeking permission to build Jersey’s new hospital and any associated works including the upgrade and realignment of Westmount Road and the demolition of the balance of requisite properties, located outside of the existing Overdale Hospital site e.g. Jersey Bowling Club, Jersey Water and some private properties.
Regarding the Bowling Club, we will continue to actively explore alternative sites with the intention of securing the most suitable option prior to submitting Application 3
Our intention is to submit Application 3 in winter 2021, await the Public Inquiry (expected to take place in spring 2022), receive the planning permission in summer 2022, then commence construction immediately after. Our focus and priority will be on the upgrade and realignment of Westmount Road, which enables the wider project.
The need for EIA has already been established and the project team will soon submit a formal request to GOJ for an EIA scoping opinion, which will confirm the topics that will be covered in the EIS and the assessment methodologies that will be used .
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.
The role of the Citizens’ Panel was originally to set the criteria, on behalf of the public, that would be used to assess the 82 site suggestions made by Islanders. They did not select a preferred site, or know of the list of suggestions until the site shortlist was announced. The panel remained engaged, offering essential feedback, on behalf of Islanders, at key milestones in the project. The panel’s original Terms of Reference can be found on gov.je/ourhospital.
Following advice from Statistics Jersey, the Government set up a representative Citizens’ Panel of 17 Islanders. They were a 50% split of male and females, with all age groups represented, as well as proportionately split by according to St Helier residents and other parishes. Two foreign nationals were also included. The panel unanimously decided to remain anonymous. This decision is regularly reviewed. The Selection Methodology can be found at gov.je/ourhospital.
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.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with the OHP Consultation team using the following details:
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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 site master plan
Apr - Jun 2021
Development of hospital design concepts
Submission of hospital planning application
Nov 2021 - Mar 2022
Developed design public inquiry
New Hospital opens
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