The search for a contractor to build a long-awaited £466m general hospital in Jersey is set to begin after the island’s parliament gave the scheme the funding green light.
Members of Jersey’s state assembly this week backed funding proposals and an outline business case for the project by 30 votes to 16. It means the States of Jersey will borrow £275m to pay for the new building.
The proposed 43 m-high hospital in St Helier, Jersey’s capital, remains subject to planning consent with a decision expected early next year.
The search for a new hospital site began five years ago.
This week’s vote means the next phase of enabling works can start on the scheme, which includes relocating services from the current site.
Demolition work on existing hospital buildings is expected to kick off in early 2019. Construction is due to start in 2020 and the new hospital set to open in 2024, with the project completed in 2025.
A statement from the States of Jersey said: “The process of appointing a main contractor for the project can now begin, with the expectation that an off-island contractor with experience in major hospital projects will be appointed and work in tandem with local businesses on the project.”
Minister for health and social services, senator Andrew Green, said: “I am very pleased that we now have the mandate and the funding to get on with this vital project for the island, and am grateful to members for their contributions and support.”