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Heritage precinct
and Herston Square


Heritage Precinct

At the core of Herston Quarter, is the character rich Heritage Precinct. Bringing together inviting public spaces, cafes and beautifully refurbished heritage buildings, the Heritage Precinct will be a thriving, connected community. 

Heritage Buildings

Herston Quarter is home to iconic heritage buildings, much loved by generations of nurses who lived and trained in the buildings which are protected by the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.

In need of significant investment to preserve them for the future, the refurbishment and adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings is a key component of Herston Quarter.

Work began in early 2020 to revitalise the Lady Lamington buildings, and respectfully repurpose the building as student accommodation.

The Lady Norman and Edith Cavell Buildings are also being meticulously refurbished and will be used for commercial use with supporting retail, food and beverage offerings.

Herston Quarter is home to a number of iconic Brisbane heritage buildings including the:

  • Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home and Towers
  • Lady Norman building, and
  • Edith Cavell building.

Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home and Towers

The Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home and the Spanish mission style Lady Lamington North and South Towers were constructed between 1936 and 1939 to provide housing for nursing staff working at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

These iconic buildings sit prominently on the highest point of the Herston Quarter site and are currently being refurbished and returned to student accommodation, a respectful nod to their former use as nurses’ accommodation.

Complementary retail is also proposed at the ground level where a central courtyard, Herston Square, will be created between the towers. Hutchinson Builders is engaged to carry out the construction works on the Lady Lamington buildings.

Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home

Edith Cavell Building

Constructed in 1922 to accommodate nurses working in the expanding children's hospital, the Edith Cavell building presents impressive views across Brisbane's northern suburbs.

The adaptive reuse of the Edith Cavell building will accommodate a range of land uses within the heritage building including commercial businesses and food and beverage outlets.

The modern addition of the Milk Kitchen has been demolished to expose the impressive original western façade of the building.

Edith Cavell building

Lady Norman Building

The Lady Norman building is a late Victorian L-shaped two-storey timber and brick building completed in 1896. The Lady Norman building was built as an extension to the children’s hospital.

It’s proposed that the Lady Norman building will be repurposed as a flexible workspace for health-related commercial uses and food and beverage outlets.

As part of the restoration works, modern additions to the Lady Norman building have been carefully removed and revealed the original façade of the building.

Lady Norman building

Public spaces

Australian Unity is planning a multi-million dollar investment to create a variety of attractive, accessible and comfortable new public spaces for visitors, staff and residents to enjoy.

An array of public spaces throughout Herston Quarter will create strong connections between and through the precinct and create lively, pleasant environments.

Key public spaces include;

  • The completed Spanish Steps off Herston Road. Seventy-seven steps from Herston Road lead up to the Heritage Precinct, providing a gentle climb to the highest point of the Quarter.
  • The Spanish Steps provide an inviting, landscaped entrance to the Heritage Precinct.

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