Herston Quarter is a $1.1 billion mixed-use health & innovation hub being developed by Australian Unity, in partnership with Metro North Hospital and Health Service QLD (MNHHS). Originally settled as a European farm holding in the 1850s, Herston reshaped to house Brisbane’s first General Hospital in 1865, kick-starting a rich history of health service that spans over 150 years.

Now a Priority Development Area, the campus is undergoing extensive upgrades to ensure it’s long term future as one of Australia’s premier research centres. Situated in a prominent area of the city, Herston overlooks the Brisbane skyscape 2 km to the south, the breakfast creek floodplain to the north and the inner city bypass to the east. Steep topography, the heritage nature of the buildings and the necessity to interface seamlessly with the operations of MNHHS add significant complexity to the project.

Australian Unity secured the site via a competitive tender process, offering an appealing balance of building typologies, whilst maintaining the heritage character and integrating the precinct with the wider cityscape. The core team comprises project managers PDS Group, project Architect Hassell, lead contractor Hutchinson Builders and key stakeholders MNHHS and Economic Development QLD (EDQ).

ACOR was appointed by Australian Unity to deliver key elements of the Civil infrastructure for the site which spans 5.5ha and is divided into 4 distinct precincts. This includes 12D modelling, coordination and clash detection for all services and underground drainage, as well as alignment of new roads, footpaths and stormwater management systems.

A key component of the ACOR delivery package has been the development of the stormwater management plan, modelling the water quality and flow rates for the proposed treatment systems to make sure they work. Swales and proprietary treatment devices are incorporated into the design to manage stormwater and reduce pollutant runoff. Any changes in layout and catchments are verified through the stormwater model to optimise the WSUD.

ACOR has also led coordination with the traffic consultant and the surveyor in order to test, verify and optimise the services and access arrangements. This includes having to work around an existing services culvert and an oxygen culvert (currently under construction) that supplies oxygen to the hospital and runs around the Lady Lamington Building, as well as significant existing in-ground infrastructure. Locating services and stormwater discharge points within the Heritage area (Stages 5-7) has required meticulous coordination with neighbouring zones and management of multiple stakeholders.  In addition, the team is overseeing the design of a new reticulation sewer and augmentation of an old earthenware sewer, through an area that is heavily congested with underground services and vehicle traffic.