Kensington Place land for new Hospital to cost £9.5m

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A TOTAL of £9.5 million has been allocated to buy the land on which the future hospital will be based, a Scrutiny panel has been told.

And John Rogers, chief officer for the Infrastructure Department, said that he hoped to deliver the whole project 'significantly below' the current budget of £466 million.

However, he stressed to the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel yesterday that the 'biggest risk' of the project was finding a competitive and interested contractor to carry out the work.

The panel, chaired by Deputy John Le Fondré, also heard that the new facility was likely to account for £323 million of the total projected cost.

Will Gardiner, of Jersey Property Holdings, said that from the total project figure, other costs had been budgeted, including £69 million for inflation costs during the works and £17 million for contingency plans such as the removal of asbestos or dealing with radon on the current site.

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