The next phase of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter redevelopment in Brisbane will commence following contractual close between Australian Unity and Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
HASSELL will provide ongoing architectural, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design services through the design and construction phases of the project.
The former children’s hospital site at Herston is set to be transformed into a $1.1 billion comprehensive health precinct, with Australian Unity as the tenderer.
The landmark project will be a showcase for complex health precincts, which sees health, education and research delivered around the concept of wellbeing and the way people live.
Herston Quarter is challenging the historical position that these nationally significant economic and social mega-precincts should be isolated from their local context and confined to providing purely health and education services.
HASSELL Principal Adam Davies believes the master plan will allow the future Herston Quarter to integrate more broadly into the surrounding suburb. “Thousands of workers, patients and visitors use the Herston precinct on a daily basis. This new piece of the city will invite human interaction through a generosity of public realm, open spaces, safe connections and a new retail, food and beverage offer.
“The Herston Quarter masterplan will deliver a range of new health, research and education uses, complemented by residential, child care, consulting and a wellbeing precinct providing high-quality accommodation and wellness facilities for an ageing population,” Davies says.
The new specialist rehabilitation and ambulatory care centre will anchor the Quarter, returning the now vacant Royal Children’s Hospital site back into a modern public health centre.
The development will ensure five heritage buildings are retained and framed by new buildings to provide accessibility and permeability that will connect the hospital precinct.
HASSELL Principal Kevin Lloyd says the refurbishment of the heritage core will respectfully enliven a forgotten piece of Brisbane’s heritage. “These buildings will be sensitively restored and adapted for new uses, recognising their historic importance as some of the earliest examples of health architecture in Queensland,” he says.
The master plan works with the site’s challenging geology and topography. The Spanish Steps, rising from the Herston Road frontage to the top of the Heritage Core, will be a key piece of the public space that will connect the old and new parts of the Quarter.
“The architectural intent for the Quarter was very much about celebrating the civic qualities of our city’s public and institutional buildings. It also recognises the importance of creating a place that promotes wellness and recovery through an integrated approach to the public realm,” says Lloyd.
Renders courtesy HASSELL.