The Lady Lamington Nurses’ home is located in the heart of the Herston Quarter precinct, designed by one of Queensland’s most noted architects, Robin Dodds. The Lady Lamington Building was built in five stages between 1896 and 1938 to provide accommodation for the nursing staff at the Brisbane General Hospital. Lady Lamington Nurses’ Home forms part of the Brisbane General Hospital Precinct which is entered in the Queensland Heritage Register in 2012 after being abandoned many years prior (entry no. 601903).
The engrained heritage significance of Lady Lamington has been pivotal in the development and adaptive reuse of the Nurses’ home into new student accommodation. nettletontribe’s design reinvigorates Lady Lamington and brings life back to a building that holds such a rich history by making adaptions that were sensitive to the heritage fabric whilst relevant to students of today. The internal fit-out has been designed to compliment existing elements, colour schemes, and aspects by taking advantage of the building’s unique history and setting.
The refurbished heritage provides generous common spaces are centered around the two existing courtyards providing opportunities to relax and creating a sense of community. The student accommodation is complemented by retail at the ground level which opens onto the new Herston Square. The stature of nursing was reflected in the location of the nurses’ home in the highest part of the site, a prominent landmark still visible from surrounding suburbs today. The dramatic views uphill towards the nurses’ home contract with the picturesque and refined garden setting Lady Lamington shares with the surrounding developed hospital precinct. Lady Lamington will now be called home for 695 students, once again bringing life and character to one of Brisbane’s most notable heritage buildings.
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