Firm behind The Shard and 2012 Olympics gets £742,000 Jersey hospital contract
THE firm responsible for delivering the London 2012 Olympics and building the Shard has been awarded a near-£750,000 contract to lead the new hospital project.
Construction and consultancy company Mace will manage the delivery of the new hospital – despite no site have been agreed.
The Future Hospital Project has been plagued by problems and has been relaunched as the Our Hospital project. Consecutive planning applications to build on the existing Gloucester Street site were rejected, prompting States Members to overturn the approved site location, thus writing off £27 million of costs for the project, which has so far exceeded £40 million.
Earlier this year, Chief Minister John Le Fondré indicated that £2.6 million would be allocated to the first phase of a revised project to deliver the £466 million facility.
The target date for a fresh planning application to be submitted is March 2021.
Mace has given the £742,085 contract despite the size, shape and location of the new hospital not yet having been agreed.
Assistant Health Minister Hugh Raymond said: ‘With the Our Hospital project being such a large-scale programme, strategic management of the operation is needed and we are therefore delighted with the appointment of Mace. They have the capacity, capability and the international experience to run this project, as well as the desire to work with local partners to deliver this project.
‘To have a project management office on board with Mace’s experience and track record is a significant step forward for the Our Hospital Project. The PMO will be the engine room of the operation, driving it forward and bringing together all of the various components needed to deliver Jersey’s new hospital.’
Colin Harvey, a director at Mace, said: ‘We are delighted to work with the Government of Jersey in the role of PMO for such an important project. We will use our international and healthcare PMO experience to manage the successful delivery of the project and create a world-class new hospital for Jersey.’
Sites under consideration for the new hospital include St Saviour’s Hospital, the Waterfront and Overdale Hospital, with a return to Gloucester Street still not ruled out. September 2020 is the current target deadline for selecting a site with the intention of lodging a planning application in March 2021.
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