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Heritage precinct
and Herston Square


Heritage Buildings

Herston Quarter is home to a number of heritage listed 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 adaptive reuse of these buildings is a key component of the Herston Quarter redevelopment.

Australian Unity has lodged a Development Application with Economic Development Queensland for the staged redevelopment of the Herston Quarter heritage Precinct and public realm.

The Development Application outlines plans to restore and reuse the Stage Heritage Listed Lady Lamington, Edith Cavell and Lady Norman buildings and surrounds.

At the heart of the precinct, the intention is to create a new, activated and accessible mixed-use community space – Herston Square – that we envision as the focal point of the redeveloped Herston Quarter.

The proposed refurbishment of heritage buildings maintains the heritage value and historical character of these buildings whilst allowing for their adaptive reuse.

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 as part of the redevelopment will be restored and returned to their original purpose as student accommodation.

The proposed revitalisation also includes ancillary areas such as an entry pavilion, communal space and study rooms, and a masterchef style kitchen and dining area. A retail tenancy is also proposed at the ground level of the Southern Lady Lamington Tower.

Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home

Edith Cavell building

Constructed in 1922 to accommodate nurses supporting 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 is proposed to accommodate a range of land uses within the heritage building including a publicly operated childcare centre, health-related commercial businesses and food and beverage outlets.

Australian Unity has also proposed an extension to the Edith Cavell building to increase the functionality and operational efficiency of the new childcare centre.

Edith Cavell building

Lady Norman building

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

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

Lady Norman building

More information about the use of the heritage buildings is available.

Public Realm

High quality public spaces are critical to creating an appealing environment for people to live, work and visit.

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

Key public spaces planned for the Herston Quarter include the Spanish Steps, Lamington Place, Herston Square and the new public health facility forecourt.

Public space

More information about the use of the public spaces is available.

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