Umow Lai is delighted to be part of the team working with Australian Unity as the master developer of the $1.1B Herston Quarter redevelopment. Destined to become a major health, aged care, residential, recreation and retail destination close to Brisbane’s central business district, the new precinct is set over a five hectare site adjacent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
The project will integrate health, education and research facilities. They include a new public hospital specialising in rehabilitation, a private hospital, inter-generational living that provides health services, aged care and support as well as recreational green spaces. The Queensland Government awarded Australian Unity the contract for the development and they will provide a new public health facility for Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
Following on from our masterplan services with Australian Unity, Umow Lai is now engaged with Watpac and their design team, including HASSELL, to progress the detailed design phases for the initial stages of the development. This will include a major services diversion and the decommissioning of redundant services followed closely by the development of the new 132-bed public hospital.
The Herston Quarter site will be anchored by the Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre (SRACC) that is being developed on behalf of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. This involves the redevelopment of the vacant Royal Children’s Hospital site and restoration of a number of heritage buildings.
A special feature of the new building will be a Sky Bridge link to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, as well as the large public realm space forming the Spanish Steps that link Herston Road at the southern end of the precinct to the heritage buildings in the centre, and also act as a public amphitheatre and gathering space.
Umow Lai’s Brisbane office has been engaged to provide mechanical, electrical and fire protection services for the Herston Quarter.