QUEENSLAND Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick last month said another milestone in the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter development has been reached, with the approval of the project development scheme.
In 2016, Australian Unity was selected as the preferred tenderer to develop the site of the former Royal Children's Hospital and create a $1.1 billion health, aged care, residential and retail destination.
The transfer of children's health services to the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in late 2014 resulted in the vacancy of the majority of buildings in the approximate six-hectare Priority Development Area (PDA), which was declared on 18 November 2016.
The PDA is located approximately two kilometres north of the Brisbane central business district and forms part of the broader Herston health precinct. It is bordered by Herston Road to the south, Bramston Terrace to the west and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) to the east and north.
Mr Dick said the feedback received during the consultation period for the development scheme had a significant impact on the final version, with numerous amendments including reducing the building height and addressing concerns over the car park and traffic.
"The 87 submissions contained overwhelming community support for additional health and knowledge facilities and support for the conservation and reuse of the heritage buildings," Mr Dick said.
"The Palaszczuk Government has also delivered on our election commitment to reduce the height of the proposed 30-storey residential tower, down to 20 storeys."
Mr Dick described the project as another example of the State Government engaging with the community and working alongside industry to boost the economy, with 700 jobs expected to be created each year over a 10-year lifetime.
Further community feedback incorporated in the scheme includes more connections for pedestrians and cyclists, improvements to the design of the car park to reduce noise and improve its overall appearance, additional access to parking and improved traffic signs throughout the Priority Development Area and the surrounding roads.
Heritage-listed buildings including Lady Lamington E Wing and Towers, Edith Cavell and Lady Norman buildings will be repurposed as part of the redevelopment.
There will be a 132-bed public health facility included in the precinct, combining specialist rehabilitation, surgery and ambulatory care services.
More information is available from the Queensland Government website at <http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/priority-development-areas/herston-quarter.html>.