A planning application to demolish Overdale has been submitted – less than 24 hours after politicians narrowly backed funding for the £804.5m hospital project.
The application was ‘validated’ by Planning yesterday, as Members were deciding whether to support the budget, which will be funded by £756m of borrowing, and published this morning.
If Planning agree, the demolition will happen in three phases, all next year.
The first phase – a cluster of buildings to the south-west of the site, including the McKinstry and Jessie Scott buildings, the kitchens and OT store, will go in the second quarter of 2022.
In the fourth quarter, the north-western buildings – including the Eva Wilson and Diabetic Centre, Old Chapel and Porter’s Lodge – will be raised.
Finally, also in the final three months of next year, the eastern buildings – including Westmount Centre, Poplars Day Centre and William Knott – will go.
The works will include the demolition of all existing buildings, asbestos removal, earthworks and excavations, and “service installation, diversion and removal”.
Pictured: Westmount Centre is due to be knocked down in the final three months of next year.
Work is scheduled to take place Monday-Friday 08:00-18:00, and Saturdays 08:00-13:00.
During the first and second phases, trucks will use Westmount Road to transport waste to the recycling centre and landfill at La Collette.
During the third phase, Westmount Road will be closed so Queen’s Road will be used to transport waste to La Collette.
The planning application says that all burnable and non-recycling waste materials will be disposed of in landfill or the incinerator, while all asbestos will be stored.
The Our Hospital project say that the demolition will meet all standards when it comes to the creation of noise, vibrations and dust.
The application says: “Noise from the works will be audible at surrounding properties, however with appropriate mitigations in place and a sensitive public relations and information campaign, the impacts can be reduced such that no significant effects would be expected.
“The works should also be able to comply with the Government of Jersey guidelines on construction noise.”
“Groundborne vibration may at times be perceptible during compaction of fill in the some areas, however, it will be well below [vibrations] associated with a risk of causing damage to buildings.
“As for noise, the effects are assessed as not significant with appropriate mitigations applied.”
The project team has said that all trees and shrubs will be retained during the demolition.
Planning notices will now appear at the site until 2 November.
A full planning application for the building of the new hospital is expected to be submitted on 15 November.
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