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FOCUS: A first look at the new hospital plans...

FOCUS: A first look at the new hospital plans...

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FOCUS: A first look at the new hospital plans...


Designers have provided a first glimpse of how the new £800m hospital will look - a scheme comparable in size to the IFC, viewable from Elizabeth Castle, and including a King Street-length indoor boulevard, courtyard gardens and nature trails through the woodland.

Released today, the possible plans show that the campus will be made up of five buildings: the main hospital, a mental health centre, a ‘Knowledge Centre’ a multi-storey carpark, and an energy building,

The Government has also released its intentions for how the main access route via Westmount Road will look, and how People's Park will be adapted.

"This is a milestone in the 'Our Hospital' project - it's the first time we can see some real, tangible designs, not only for the hospital itself but for the public realm surrounding the hospital - the parks, the gardens and the road access," Deputy Chief Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham, who is leading the project, said.

The concept designs are subject to change following island-wide consultation - however, the designs shared today will underpin the business case needed to fund the project. How Jersey will pay for it will be debated and voted on by States Members in September.

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CLICK TO ENLARGE: A birds' eye view of the new hospital 'masterplan'. 

Once final alterations are made and design work is completed, a planning application for the hospital is expected to be submitted in November this year.

Though there are still two sites to acquire as part of the plans, Llewellyn Davies, Director and ‘Our Hospital’ Lead Architect Steve Featherstone said the team had come up with "workaround solutions" - alternative ways of laying out the new hospital if these purchases did not work out. 

Express explored the plans in depth...

The Hospital

Main Building

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CLICK TO ENLARGE: The team are still shaping and consulting on how the exterior of the building will look - however, they are currently considering reactions to two varying designs. 

The main hospital unit would comprise of two clinical storeys on the Westmount road, increasing to five clinical storeys as one goes deeper into the site - this would approximately be the equivalent of the six storey International Finance Centre in size.

The exterior shaping of the hospital itself is still being decided on, with a number of designs, both one designed in a wave-like fashion, and one in a more sugar-cube style, being touted.

Ground floor

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Pictured: The ground floor's boulevard will stretch 160m through the building.

The hospital’s ground floor would include a boulevard passing from East to West, with multiple entrances - the scale would be approximately 160m, the equivalent of King Street between the Co-op and Topshop stores.

Within and around this floor would sit amenities such as waiting areas, information pods, as well as the pharmacy.

There are also plans for a restaurant with a focus on Jersey produce. It will use a 'coastal' palette and natural materials.

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Pictured: How the restaurant could look.

Outpatient activity would be kept predominantly to this floor, alongside acute services such as the Emergency Department, Radiology and the Acute Care Ward. 

For the staff, a ‘decompression area’ would be created too at the south-west end of the floor, which would function as a staff welfare centre with pleasant views, giving them a place to go to wind down when they need to. 

First Floor

First floor

CLICK TO ENLARGE: An outline of the first floor.

On the first floor, directly above the Emergency Department and radiology, would be the location of hospital’s theatres. 

Sitting alongside the theatres would be the Women and Children’s centres, Critical Care, Endoscopy, and a renal section.

Direct parking and a dedicated lift up to the renal department would also be installed, with the section being prioritised for South West coast views, to “enhance” the experience for those returning to the hospital on a regular basis for dialysis. 

Clinical Director Ashok Handa explained that it was important to the team that patient-facing areas have natural light, with views either "within the squares with the landscaped areas or across the island."

Second floor

The second floor would house the Chemotherapy Unit, as well as one inpatient ward, and a unit of 30 beds for private patients.

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Pictured: An example of an inpatient ward.

The floor would be bookended with two terraced gardens that would sit above the main entrance. 

Third floor

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Pictured: A concept of what the Inpatients' Waiting Lounge could look like

The third floor will house the bulk of inpatient accommodation, with four wards of 26 beds.  

Inpatient wards

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Pictured: An example of an ensuite bedroom.

75% of the hospital’s inpatient facilities will be single bedrooms with their own ensuite facilities, designed identically, with the rest as small four-bed wards. 

Including the 30 beds in the private ward, the hospital would house 267 beds in total. 

Gardens

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Pictured: The hospital gardens would retain the existing spreading Oak tree.

Most of the outdoor areas are south-facing, with the south-west garden on the site singled out for escape, play and distraction, publicly accessible and creating new viewing platforms.”

A new public route from Westmount Road into the Val André woodland will also be created.

Deputy Chief Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham, who is the political lead for the project, also confirmed that the Val André woodland would remain completely public rather than being reserved for hospital patients alone - a sentiment echoed by LDA Landscape Designer, Neil Mattinson.

Terrace

Pictured: An example of how the terraces and courtyards could be laid out within the hospital.

Around the area of the valley, an amphitheatre with a stage is being considered.

Greenery is also be incorporated into the buildings themselves - there four inner courtyard gardens at the centre of the site, with two terraced gardens sitting above the main entrance too. The courtyards, it's hoped, will be naturally cool microclimates.

Mental health

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Pictured: A dedicated mental health facility will sit near the hospital.

A separate mental health building is to be created to the north-east of the site, which will be a one to two-storey building.

This area - named Field 1550, which is believed to be the site of a former dolmen - was previously set to house the 'Knowledge Centre'.

Knowledge Centre

The Knowledge Centre would be built on the site where Jersey Water currently is, once the building has been demolished.

Its brief will be for non-clinical uses, such as training staff and education relating to the hospital.

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Pictured: Concept designs of how the new block could look.

As part of sustainability measures, the two to three-storey building will have a ‘biodiverse’ green roof inaccessible to the public, to aid creatures such as birds and butterflies, as well as general biodiversity in the area.

Roads and transport 

Westmount

One of the key areas of controversy around the building of the new hospital has been the fate of Westmount Road, with many residents objecting to the widening of the road due to the impact it would have on surrounding environment and homes. 

The current plans would see the road widened to around 10.7m - the carriageway itself would be widened to 6.7m, though Mr Welch noted that team hopes to reduce that on the straight lengths to around 6m. 

There would also be 2m of footway and 2m of cycleway beside this, and 0.5m of verge around various areas such as the hairpin bend.

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Pictured: How People's Park will look under the plans.

Mr Welch said this widening was predominantly for safe passage of the increased number of buses, whilst still enabling the ‘active travel corridor’ of both cyclists and walkers.

Steve Featherstone also guaranteed that the playground around People's Park would not be removed as part of the work, though it may have to "budge".

Further road alterations

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Pictured: A number of roads are currently being studied by the 'Our Hospital' team.

It’s not just Westmount that is being looked at for alterations.

Suggestions include work to enable a right-turn from the A1 St Aubin’s Road on to the A2 Victoria Avenue, and creating a right turn lane on Westmount Road. 

Prohibition of traffic movements between Westmount Road and Tower Road from the west has also been considered to prevent “potential rat-running.”

Car park

A multi-storey car park also features in the plans towards the north-west of the site.

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Pictured: The 'green' car park.

It would be covered in greenery, and would include clear lines of site to the main hospital to ensure 'wayfinding' is simple.

Buses

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Pictured: The 'Our Hospital' team are aiming to see an increase of four buses per hour.

A bus stop opposite the front of the building will be established as the main stop, with Arup Senior Planner and the project’s transport lead, Alex Welch, adding that “there will be secondary consideration for stops either adjacent to the crematorium or internal, roughly in the vicinity of… the multi-storey carpark.” 

He said the main stop would give flexibility to either use a town circular route via Tower Road, St. John’s Road and Queen’s Road, or create a new circular route in terms of a shuttle runs via and around the multi-storey car park. 

The aim for this service would be to see an increase of four buses per hour. 

Blue light access

Ambulances will have separate access off Westmount Road to Accident and Emergency.

CLICK HERE to visit a virtual exhibition of the new hospital designs.

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Posted by Paul Troalic on
So the reality of this is that we are paying £804m for 267 beds yet the recent German build was £230m for over 600 beds.
I realise that building costs are high in Jersey but seriously are they nearly 4 times higher for a third of the number of beds?
Something is very suspect here and if no one questions this then we are doomed.
Surely someone will do the maths?
Posted by nigel pearce on
I always believed that before every penny of profit had to be wrung out of every building, architects were taught not to build above the top of an escarpment.
This monstrosity will be a worse blight on the landscape than the buildings at Portelet.
Fortunately, with the pace of the development, I am at an age where I won’t be around to see the finished article (old age does have the occasional advantage).
It still wouldn’t surprise me if the new hospital was rebuilt on Gloucester St.
Posted by anthony turmel on
this must be the jersey joke 2021..a monstrosity right there,267 beds..! the rate of immigration to-day,in 20 years time another will have to be built next to it......there is something not quite right going on here.....
Posted by Private Individual on
What an absolute monstrosity of a building!

What happened to the planning law that there was a presumption against allowing any building on the skyline?

This blight on our skyline should be stopped immediately and a full investigation put in place to find out why this site was chosen above Warwick farm or St Saviors hospital.

This must be stopped.
Posted by Private Individual on
What an absolute monstrosity of a building!

What happened to the planning law that there was a presumption against allowing any building on the skyline?

This blight on our skyline should be stopped immediately and a full investigation put in place to find out why this site was chosen above Warwick farm or St Saviors hospital.

This must be stopped.
Posted by Scott Mills on
sure there's better value out there somewhere to create more than 300 beds for less money. Who's pockets will need help lifting to get home?
Posted by Jon Jon on
What an eye saw this is going to be! I was told we couldn’t build houses on our land that’s on the skyline because of that reason,they would spoil the skyline,yet this new hospital will tower over the skyline ! The cost of this fiasco is going to be a billion pounds,maybe more.Do we want a hospital with grounds to walk in,a nice view out the window,people go to hospital to get well again,not for the view! So fed up with this politicians,costing us islanders our hard earned money,both my kids have left or in process of leaving this Island ,they have sense and used it!
Posted by John Sheen on
I think it looks about ok for a hospital. I’m just pleased we’re getting closer. I’m also embarrassed that so many people are constantly trying to find fault when actually the majority of people - yes the majority - don’t care what it looks like or where it is.
I ask those people...when do you last properly speak to a hospital employee about their facilities and conditions?
Those staff will go if this fails. They do not want to work in these conditions any more.
Please, States Members, just get on and give us all what we deserve
Posted by John Smith on
Looks like Fort Regent..... perhaps you could put it there instead. Oh no wait. Far too simple.
Posted by Gillian Gracia on
Private Individual - my sentiments exactly about building on the skyline. Presumably this renders this planning law invalid from this date onwards? Would someone from Planning confirm how this was allowed?

Notwithstanding the comparison with the Portelet development, this is a heinous 'blot on the landscape' not only for residents, but for anybody arriving in this Island.

All I can say is something stinks in this Island yet again.
Posted by Rickard fowler on
Really? Have I been in a time warp, or is it actually April the first? We live in an Island of approximately 9 miles by 5 with a population of give or take 120 thousand and yet we seem determined to proceed with this folly of a development on an unsuitable site at an unaffordable cost.
Would somebody please tell me and the rest of the tax paying people of this island why St Saviours Hospital site never got on to the final short list of possible sites, because just about everybody I talk to thinks that is where it should be and always should have been.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
To say I'm saddened is an understatement, I believed in this massive site but someone decided to build a VERY expensive office tower block.
The site demands greater thought, much better design, use of space and MUST be low level, and not attack our skyline.
Back to the beginning "architects" work with a quantity surveyor and build a better hospital at a MUCH REDUCED PRICE.
Posted by Julia Woods on
Totally agree with previous comments. Shocked, appalled and depressed that the government is even considering this. Totally unbelievable.
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