06 August 2021
A planning application has been submitted to transform the former Les Quennevais School into a temporary health facility while Jersey's new hospital is constructed at Overdale.
The Change of Use application will allow the Health facilities on offer at Overdale to be relocated to the former secondary school building in St Brelade until the new hospital begins welcoming its first patients in 2026.
The application follows consultation with neighbouring residents and St Brelade parish officials, as well as a public virtual exhibition.
Senator Lyndon Farnham, Chair of the Our Hospital Political Oversight Group said: "This important step in the project will allow the hospital team and Health and Community Services to carefully relocate existing Health services at Overdale to a new facility in readiness for work to begin on constructing the Island's new hospital. By submitting this application now, we remain on track to open our new hospital in 2026.
"Our Clinical Director, Professor Ashok Handa, has also been working closely with all of the current users of Overdale to ensure that their requirements are taken fully into account in the new temporary facility."
Richard de Gruchy, Legacy Director of ROKFCC JV who have submitted the application, added: "We expect the significant element of the work to take approximately nine months, and once opened the traffic management, increased parking and improved bus links should mean the impact to patients will be minimal. While we wait for the planning decision, the delivery partner is permitted to begin removing old furniture, any asbestos and undertake minor building repairs."
Work to fit out the building will begin early next year, and the building be ready to welcome patients by autumn 2022.