Herston Quarter

Establishing a vibrant, mixed use precinct

A commercial redevelopment opportunity connected to one of Australia’s leading health precincts. 

Aerial view of the Herston Quarter (artist’s impression)

Aerial view of the Herston Quarter (artist’s impression)

  • Contract value:

    Estimated $1.1 billion

  • Procurement commenced:

    August 2014

  • Procurement completed:

    Late 2016

  • Project delivery:

    From 2017

  • Project completion:

    Approximately 10 year development occurring in stages

Herston Quarter is an approximately five hectare site adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital that became available for redevelopment following the relocation of children’s health services to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane.  

The relocation created an exciting opportunity for the private sector to deliver a fully masterplanned health-related development, which capitalises on the location within the Herston Health Precinct, and leverages the convenience and quality of the adjacent institutions and developments.

Following an extensive and comprehensive procurement process, Australian Unity has been selected by the Queensland Government as the preferred tenderer. Australian Unity’s proposal considered how the site could most effectively be used to achieve the government’s vision 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. for the site within its requirement that it be delivered at no net cost or risk to the State.

Australian Unity’s vision for the Herston Quarter is planned to establish:

  • a diverse health community delivering health and hospital services, aged care, research, education and supporting and complementary uses
  • a ‘wellbeing community’ that creates places for people to live, learn, work, research and thrive
  • an intergenerational supported community where people of all ages and abilities connect and interact.

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 for Metro North Hospital and Health Service to operate.

The SRACC 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.

The public health facility will be complemented by a range of health and wellbeing developments, including a private hospital; aged care, retirement living, residential and student accommodation; retail and commercial space; childcare and new public spaces.

Iconic heritage buildings on the site will be reinvigorated, preserving Brisbane’s health heritage while building a new health future.

Next steps

Queensland Treasury will now work with Australian Unity to finalise the contract.

Works are expected to start in 2017 and the redevelopment will occur in stages over the next 10 years with the public health facility being a priority.

Project status

Community consultation and more information

The Queensland Government has undertaken community consultation as part of the procurement process. Following the finalisation of the contract with the Queensland Government Australian Unity will consult further with the community on its proposal.

In the meantime, you can have your say and find out more about the project:

W: www.qld.gov.au/herstonquarter

E: info@herstonquarter.com.au

T: +61 7 3210 7760.

You can find out more about Australian Unity at www.australianunity.com.au