The rehabilitation care centre has been approved, as part of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter redevelopment.
Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning states, “the facility was a priority in the redevelopment of the Herston health precinct” . “The specialist rehabilitation care centre is the first significant construction to commence which is an important reassurance to the community that this site will continue to provide public health services into the future.”
– Operated by Metro North Hospital and Health Service
– Specialised care for long-stay acute rehabilitation patients
– Elective surgery and outpatient services
– World-class health care, research and knowledge facilities
Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services reiterated that this project is first stage of many stating, “the redevelopment of the Herston health precinct will deliver facilities that will attract the best clinicians, health workers, researchers, academics and health students to Brisbane,”
Constructed by WATPAC, the facilities under this approval will become fully operational in 2021 and the specialist rehabilitation services will cater for those recovering from serious injury, trauma, stroke and burns requiring specialist rehabilitation services.
In 2016 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Australian Unity as the awarded tenderer to redevelop the site of the former children’s hospital at Herston in Brisbane, to create a $1.1 billion health, aged care, residential and retail destination.
Ms Palaszczuk states that the “Australian Unity proposal would deliver on the government’s aim to elevate Brisbane’s health credentials and cement the broader Herston Health Precinct as home to globally recognised health care, research, education, clinical trials and treatments. This project will be a milestone in Brisbane’s history and will further enhance the world-class reputation of the broader Herston Health Precinct”. (14.8.2016 media statement).
Australian Unity Group Managing Director Rohan Mead said “the company currently provided healthcare, financial services, retirement living and aged care services to almost one million customers throughout Australia. As the developer and operator of retirement living and aged care facilities at the Herston Quarter, we are here for the long haul, not just the construction phase. “We have been active in the community for 175 years and look forward to developing the Herston Quarter for Queenslanders and as an ongoing base for our strengthened community involvement in Queensland.” (14.8.2016 media statement).
The Australian Unity’s vision for the Herston Quarter planned to establish:
- the 132 bed public Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre with an estimated cost of $347 million, which will provide specialised care for long stay acute rehabilitation patients and will efficiently deliver elective surgery to further cut waiting times for Queenslanders
- a new private hospital incorporating medical suites, commercial space and potential for biomedical space
- a multi-million dollar investment in the adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings including returning the historic Lady Lamington buildings to student accommodation, consistent with their original use
- aged care and retirement living and an active seniors’ and wellbeing precinct providing community services and facilities
- residential accommodation
- potential for further research and commercial space
- childcare facilities, including a publicly operated facility that will double the number of childcare places currently available on site for staff, and a private facility serving the broader user base of the Herston Health Precinct
- retail and restaurant facilities to support the new mixed-use community
- triple the number of carparks currently available on the site
- a multi-million dollar investment in the public realm to create a variety of attractive, accessible and comfortable new public spaces for visitors and residents to enjoy, and to improve the connectivity of the Herston Quarter with the Herston Health Precinct and surrounds.
Australian Unity’s masterplan includes 12 buildings on the site, including a number of heritage buildings.
As part of the master plan and in line with the government’s vision for the site, Australian Unity will also deliver a 132-bed public Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre (SRACC) for Metro North Hospital and Health Service to operate.
Herston Health Precinct – Herston Quarter Redevelopment
The Herston Quarter offers an exciting opportunity for the redevelopment of prime inner city location, in close proximity to the already established RBWH within the Herston Health Precinct. Driven by the private sector, the fully master planned health-related development sets a key vision from the area, as outlined in the linked flyer, “The Herston Quarter is to become a vibrant, mixed-use precinct for health, biomedical, residential and retail activity that capitalises on its location within the Herston Health Precinct and leverages the convenience and quality of the adjacent institutions at no net cost or risk to the State”.
The Herston Quarter website outlines that “the SRACC, to be operated by Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS), will comprise 100 rehabilitation beds, special purpose rehabilitation support areas and a surgical and endoscopic centre with a 32 bed surgical inpatient room, seven operating theatres, three endoscopy rooms and recovery spaces. Construction of the SRACC, with an estimated cost of $275 million, will be funded by MNHHS. Australian Unity will deliver the SRACC, which will be located in a new building proposed for Herston Road. It is expected that construction on the SRACC will begin in 2017, with the facility to be operational in 2020”.
In late 2014, the Queensland Government earmarked an approximately five (5) hectare location adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) to become a mixed-use precinct for health, bio-medical, residential and retail activity. The location became available with the relocation of children’s health services from the Royal Children’s Hospital to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and includes 26 buildings (6 of which are heritage listed). The Queensland Government has made a commitment to ensuring the Herston Quarter’s heritage values are considered as part of the redevelopment.
YouTube Link: – Herston Quarter Fly Over – Published on Apr 1, 2015