£804m development will modernise healthcare in the Channel Islands
Planners in Jersey have accepted an inspector’s report and granted full permission for the development of a major new hospital on the island.
One of the largest public projects ever undertaken in Jersey, with an associated budget of £804m, has been given the green light 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 70,000 sq m Our Hospital Project (OHP) can now move forward to deliver a first-class facility that will provide the best in healthcare when it becomes fully operational by late 2026.
The design and delivery partner of the OHP is a joint venture partnership between ROK and FCC Construcción, known as ROK FCC JV and it will deliver the new hospital and associated buildings, including a mental health centre, energy centre, knowledge centre, multi-storey car park, surface-level parking, and landscaping.
As lead architect, 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 the OHP has been developed with extensive public and clinical engagement.
Featherstone said: “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 result is an undisputedly-high-quality healthcare campus, with contemporary buildings in an attractive landscaped setting, which would enable patients to enjoy a very-pleasant, indeed quite stunning, environment and panoramic views out to sea
“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 to enjoy a very-pleasant, indeed quite stunning, environment and panoramic views out to sea.”
The project team
Lead architect, clinical planning, and interior design: Llewelyn Davies
Project and procurement management: Mace
Civil, structures, MEP engineering, and transport: Arup
Landscape design: LDA Design
Statutory planning: Temple
Built heritage: Urban Counsel
Local architects: Morris Architects
Healthcare planners: MJM
Arts consultants: TProjects