Project Overdale Hospital, Island of Jersey Client The Director General of Infrastructure, Housing and Environment Service Town Planning Strategy, Planning Applications and Expert Witness Project Period 2020 - present

Client Testimonial

‘We chose Temple in relation to the planning application for the Our Hospital Project on Jersey because they offer a flexible and collaborative approach to our major projects. Temple is a willing collaborator in wider design teams and has made every effort to help in delivering what is probably the largest planning application that Jersey will ever see. They clearly make new relationships work and apply their town planning and environmental expertise exactly where and when it is needed’

– Richard Du Gruchy, Legacy Director, OHP

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To advise on site selection and get planning permission for a world-class hospital- following two failed schemes by others, after almost 10 years of work. The client appointed Temple to lead the planning strategy and planning applications for the development of this £800m world-class, fully integrated, 21st century hospital on the Island of Jersey. Temple was delighted to achieve planning permission in May 2022, having acted as Expert Witness at a week-long Public Inquiry, within a very experienced design team and in a form incorporating the mitigation through conditions and planning obligations that we had proposed and drafted: the planning permission being the most significant piece of civic architecture that the Island is likely to see.

The Planning Inspector said that ‘…the applicant has demonstrated that an extremely thorough and creative exploration of site strategy options has been undertaken…….’ and …’The result is an undisputedly high-quality healthcare campus, with contemporary buildings in an attractive landscaped setting, which would enable patients and people within the hospital building to enjoy a very pleasant, indeed quite stunning, environment…’. As far back as 2012 the States Assembly in publishing ‘Health and Social Services: A New Way Forward’ had sought planning permission for the Island Hospital by 2014”[1]. The prolonged delay of a new hospital has significantly increased running costs, standards of care, and recruitment and retention of clinical and professional staff whilst the existing health estate continues to deteriorate; the oldest part of which dates back to 1765.

The site of the Overdale Hospital site was approved by the States Assembly in 2020, following the site selection work of the design team, as the preferred site for a new hospital following an extensive evaluation of alternative site options.


Based on our experience in leading large infrastructure projects, including hospitals and the delivery of clinical accommodation, we led the multidisciplinary design team in the proper application of planning policy in the new Island Plan. An essential part of this was understanding the importance of integrating new development and clinical space within its landscape and its response to planning policy.


Temple drove the planning strategy from inception and design changes at RIBA Stage 2, by maximising opportunities to enhance biodiversity, and landscape as well as improving accessibility, enhancing art and heritage assets, and job creation. Inspiration from Jersey’s unique landscape character, natural elements, and heritage are embedded in the design, co-driven by Llewelyn Davies, LDA, and Urban Counsel.


Temple worked collaboratively with the dedicated Our Hospital Project team and the Design and Delivery Partner ROK FCC JV. The team led the planning strategy from Inception to help develop plans for this modern, fit for purpose, sustainable hospital facility that offers world-class views for patients across St. Helier, meeting the current and future needs of patients, clinicians, healthcare staff, and visitors.

We have washed away a very turgid and difficult planning history for Jersey’s new hospital, bringing clarity to the Island’s spatial planning strategy and a future for its aging healthcare estate.

a sustainable design that reduces carbon emissions and maximises use of previously developed land

Key Contacts

Mark Furlonger Senior Director - Planning & Design
Stephen Price Director - Environment & Planning