Buildings owned by Health and Social Services have been transferred to the two development companies in return for new facilities to be built within schemes under construction.And Health and Social Services director of estates Mike Le Fevre said that the taxpayer is a clear beneficiary.
‘This is an excellent example of a public/private partnership initiative that has worked for all concerned,’ he said.The deals were struck because the Health and Social Services Committee owned properties that were beside the development schemes and by transferring them the developers were able to enlarge the site areas.Mr Le Fevre said that 5-7 Newgate Street, which was a building making the corner with Gloucester Street on the south side of the General Hospital, has been transferred to Dandara (Jersey) Ltd.
In return a dental clinic is being built by the company.And Catherine Quirk House at 6 Gloucester Street has been traded with Coolwaters for incorporation within the Sandringham Hotel site development.
In return, Health will get a modern medical centre on the ground floor and five new one-bedroomed flats on the first floor.’We have been able to get rid of old buildings and end up with brand new ones that are larger for no cost.
The only costs to us will be the internal fitting out of the new facilities,’ said Mr Le Fevre.He said that existing users of the two sites, who include carers support organisation JACI, will be relocated elsewhere within the Health and Social Services property portfolio.The new clinical facilities, said Mr Le Fevre, will help ease the pressure on the General Hospital itself as well as providing improved facilities for outpatients and much needed staff accommodation close to the hospital.