Restoring the Past for Queensland’s Future

Wednesday 16 March 2022

The historic Lady Lamington Nurses’ Quarters overlooking Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) in the Herston Quarter, have been transformed to their former glory.

Picture of the Restored Lady Lamington nurses’ home in the Herston QuarterDirected by Australian Unity, the renovation of the Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home is part of a larger $1.3 billion Herston Quarter project. Herston Quarter is also home to STARS, the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service. STARS, which is Queensland’s first digital hospital, is proudly supported by RBWH Foundation in achieving its philanthropic goals.

The Herston Quarter project is fast establishing the Herston Health Precinct as a global benchmark in public and private medical facilities. The Herston Heritage Precinct lies at the heart of the project.

In partnership with Hutchinson Builders, the heritage redevelopment will breathe new life into the iconic Lady Lamington, Lady Norman and Edith Cavell buildings.

For almost a hundred years, up until 1993, the Lady Lamington buildings were a home away from home for generations of young female nurses. The original building was the first significant work in Queensland by celebrated architect Robin Smith Dods and is arguably the most significant historic building within Herston Quarter.

It was constructed over three stages between 1896 and 1931 to provide improved nurses’ accommodation for the hospital. It was named after Lady Lamington, the wife of former Queensland Governor, Lord Lamington, who was allegedly the namesake of the quintessential Australian dessert, the Lamington.

Restoration of the Lady Lamington building is a major milestone for the Quarter and will provide accommodation for up to 1000 university students, bringing a new generation of students to the campus. Other facilities in the quarter will include a childcare centre, health-related commercial businesses, and food and beverage outlets.