The multi-million pound, nine-year project to redevelop Jersey’s hospital will provide ‘genuine opportunities’ for Island businesses and professionals to get involved as advisers, suppliers, contractors and workers, says Jersey Hospital’s new Managing Director, Helen O’Shea.
Mrs O’Shea, the guest speaker at this month’s Institute of Directors lunch, outlined why the development was sorely needed to cater for Jersey’s ageing population, to address the condition of some of the current buildings and to provide affordable and sustainable healthcare for the future.
When asked if Jersey was considering partnering with Guernsey on any aspect of the development she said that a meeting being held in the next two weeks with counterparts in Guernsey will consider whether there are any opportunities within the project to share across the islands. And Helen reassured the audience of nearly 100 Island business leaders that the changing weather patterns have been factored into the development plans for the main hospital site – which one lunch guest pointed out isn’t far from the sea.
“The scheme provides protection because the second site (at Overdale) is so much higher up,” she said.
The £297 million project, which will provide a two-site hospital at Gloucester Street and Overdale (the future Westmount Health Centre), is currently at the stage of procuring a financial, legal and technical advisory team. The contractor will be awarded by December 2015 and the first build at Overdale will start in 2016. The hospital will be finished by 2023.
Concern was raised at the lunch over whether the funding for one of the biggest capital builds Jersey has ever seen is ring-fenced.
“The States have signed up to the nine-year timescale and the money will be found from the Strategic Reserve and released when it is needed,” she said.