Jersey Future Hospital Health Impact Assessment
Monday 4 December 14:18
A Health Impact Assessment by leading specialists confirms that there will be no adverse effects for road safety during the construction of Jersey’s new General Hospital, and endorses the measures proposed by the hospital project team to safeguard air quality.
The assessment, prepared by Ove Arup & Partners and published today, provides reassurance that potential health impacts during the construction and operation of the hospital are being adequately addressed, and sets out a series of recommendations to mitigate negative impacts which the project team is already incorporating in its programme.
1. Relocation assistance for those businesses and residents whose properties form part of the site of the new hospital and will need to be demolished.
2. Planning conditions that will mitigate noise from demolition and construction affecting staff and residents in the existing hospital as well as nearby residents and business owners, and those who use Parade Gardens. These will include:
- controlling construction traffic and deliveries
- air quality controls to reduce the impact of dust
- using low-noise equipment, as well as prefabrication and off-site construction methods to reduce the need to deploy labour and materials on site using low-impact demolition methods such as concrete crunching.
- segregating site access routes and adjacent pedestrian and hospital access routes in order to protect pedestrians and road-users
- engaging with stakeholders measures to positively inform neighbours of the likely ongoing impacts of the construction works and the methods deployed to reduce the impacts
- ensuring effective communication, including appropriate signage around the site, a regular newsletter, leaflet drops and website posts, plus a telephone hotline for reporting incidents
3. Working to reduce the impact of disruption to traffic through the introduction of speed and width restrictions on Lewis Street and improvements to pedestrian facilities on Patriotic Place. Further measures will be proposed in the Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), which will be produced following liaison with affected residents and businesses.
4. Changes to the way in which patients, visitors and staff access the existing hospital by foot, vehicle, cycle or public transport. Routes into the hospital will be monitored, with an emphasis on accessibility for the elderly, wheelchair users and children in pushchairs.
The report highlighted the benefits of green space, via a communal roof garden, when the hospital is operational, as well as the benefits of improved access via enhanced drop-off facilities and better pedestrian access.
The recommendations in the Health Impact Assessment to improve health outcomes and maximise health benefits are being incorporated into the scheme’s design as it evolves.
Bernard Place, Project Director for the Health Brief said: “This Health Impact Assessment will reassure the public and provide a valuable reference work for the project team as we refine the plans for design and construction of our new hospital. It is important that we are aware of any potential health impacts of our plans at this early stage, so we can work to mitigate any difficulties. We have considerable expertise on the project team, including experience in major hospital projects in densely-populated urban settings, and our future designs will reflect the importance we attach to making the overall impact of this project a positive one.”
Read Full Report HERE.