Brisbane Open House
Herston Quarter Fourth Avenue Herston QLD 4006
Saturday : 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
General access and guided tours

Australian Unity is proudly delivering the Herston Quarter Redevelopment, transforming the former site of the Royal Children’s Hospital into a vibrant, mixed-use precinct.

Comprising the award-winning STARS (Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service) public health facility, student and commercial accommodation and complementary uses, the precinct features beautiful landscaping and inviting public spaces. At the heart of Herston Quarter is the character rich heritage precinct, the historical home of nursing for Brisbane.

The Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home and the Spanish Mission style Lady Lamington North and South Towers were constructed between 1896 and 1939 to provide housing for nursing staff working at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

These iconic buildings sit prominently on the highest point of the Herston Quarter and have been meticulously refurbished. In February 2022, the Lady Lamington Nurse’s Home and Towers began a new chapter as student accommodation, a respectful nod to their former use as nurses’ accommodation.

The Edith Cavell building was built in 1922 to accommodate nurses working in the children’s hospital and has been adaptively reused as commercial accommodation.

The revitalization of the Heritage Precinct is one of the largest projects of its kind undertaken in Queensland. For example, works included the refurbishment of 539 original doors, 318 windows, and replacing 880 panes of glass!


Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: On the hour and half hour (rolling tours every 30 mins)

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed



Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: Herston Quarter: Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) public realm including Spanish Steps and landscaping was nationally recognised in 2021 with the AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) Award of Excellence for Health and Education Landscape in the National Landscape Architecture Awards. Other awards nomination have have been submitted for the Heritage Precinct at Herston Quarter, but have yet to be decided.

Environment Accreditation: NA

Lady Lamington Nurses' Home and Towers were constructed between 1896 and 1939 in several stages. Completion dates as follows: 1897 Original E-wing (South) 1914 Addition to E-wing (Central) 1931 Addition to E-wing (North) 1936 Lady Lamington Tower (Block 1) 1939 Lady Lamington Tower (Block 2) Edith Cavell Building was completed in 1922.
Lady Lamington Nurses' Home and Towers were designed and built in multiple stages. The original Architect was RS (Robin) Dods. Subsequent stages were designed by Conrad and Atkinson. The Edith Cavell Building was designed by the Department of Public Works.
Significant refurbishment by Australian Unity commencing in March 2020 and completed in February 2022. Architects involved included Nettleton Tribe (Lady Lamington), Elevation Architecture (Edith Cavell) and Hassell (landscape architects for public realm).