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Construction starts on $340 Million Rehabilitation Centre – Herston Quarter


The new $340 million Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre has begun construction, as part of the $1.1 Billion Herston Quarter Redevelopment.

Inspecting the site, the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated, “the new centre will deliver specialist, rehabilitation surgery and care which will help free up hospital beds”. “I’m pleased to announce that an additional 50 beds will be available as a result of the careful design of clinical spaces to bring the total capacity to 184 beds to provide care for more patients and also reduce waiting lists”. “The Herston Quarter will become the centre of choice for complex rehabilitation for patients from across Queensland”, the Premier said.

Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, statedthe Herston Quarter will care for patients recovering from brain injury, trauma, stroke, burns and a range of medical conditions”. “The centre will also provide short-stay elective surgery and endoscopy as well as various outpatient services and boast seven operating theatres, three endoscopy procedure rooms and consultation spaces for a range of specialties”. “This facility will become a world class facility supporting 900 clinical and non-clinical jobs”, Mr Miles said.

Geoff Hardy, Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board Member, stated “over the next ten years, Herston Quarter will be redeveloped into a world-class health and wellbeing precinct where Australia’s brightest minds can live and work onsite to further health, education and research for Queenslanders.”

Rohan Mead, Australian Unity Group Managing Director and CEO states “the development of the Herston Quarter will be funded by private capital funding through Australian Unity’s Healthcare Property Trust, which invests in healthcare infrastructure for Australian communities. “This will be the first public health facility in Australia paid for by private investors in a real estate investment structure.” “Australian Unity is pleased to be working in partnership with Metro North Hospital and Health Service to deliver a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the increasing health needs of Queenslanders,” Mr Mead said.

Demolition and earthwork video captured from August 2017 to June 2018.

The Approval
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.”

Project Details
– 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”.

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The Site
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.

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.

Media Statement 14.6.2018 – Construction starts on $340 million health facility at Herston Quarter
Media Statement 29.1.2018 – Rehabilitation centre development application approved
Media Statement 14.8.2016 – Herston Quarter preferred tenderer announced
Herston Quarter Project Overview Fact Sheet – February 2016
Herston Quarter Heritage Fact Sheet – December 2015
Herston Quarter Fly Over – Published on Apr 1, 2015
Media Statement 9.12.2015 – New specialist rehabilitation and surgical facilities for Herston Quarter
Herston Quarter 
Australian Unity

YouTube Link: – Herston Quarter Fly Over – Published on Apr 1, 2015


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