Herston Quarter aims to deliver one of Brisbane’s largest health and wellbeing communities. The character-rich precinct incorporates several iconic buildings including the Lady Lamington Building, Nurses’ Home and Towers.

Over two years, Urbis worked closely with Australian Unity and Hutchinson Builders to deliver the Herston Quarter heritage precinct mixed-use redevelopment. Comprising State significant heritage buildings dating from 1896 to 1939, and being located within a Priority Development Area, we were challenged by heritage considerations, a complex State approvals process and 59 Conditions of Approval.

Nominated as the key heritage and planning advisor, our team included specialists in strategic planning, heritage management, heritage interpretation, and archaeology. We provided ongoing advice to preserve and protect the significance of the place while providing pragmatic solutions to allow for adaptive reuse and the preservation of the site into the future. Collaborating with our Creative Services team, we also delivered a suite of heritage graphics and signage, to promote and celebrate the significance of the buildings that lie at the heart of the redevelopment.

Originally built as a home for nurses of the Royal Brisbane Hospital, in 2022 the hub welcomes a new generation of students to call Herston ‘home’.

Our multi-disciplinary team were able to successfully navigate heritage considerations, to provide pragmatic solutions to allow for the adaptive reuse and preservation of the site into the future.