Case Study

Herston Quarter — heritage works

The Project:

Hutchinson Builders engaged ADG to aid in the refurbishment of various heritage buildings located within Brisbane’s Herston Quarter. The redevelopment includes the refurbishment and repurposing of several existing heritage buildings constructed between 1895 and 1938, which were formally utilised for nurses’ accommodation at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

The structural typologies for the original assets include timber flooring and a three- to five-storey brick masonry façade construction for the low-level buildings, as well as reinforced concrete and rendered masonry construction for the dual eight-storey towers in a distinctive Spanish Mission style.

Project value: $100 million | Project timeline: 2019 – 2022

Construction challenges

  • Unknown structural and material conditions across the various heritage buildings, and suitability of the existing structural capacities for intended redevelopment.
  • Verifying structural design life to meet current codes of practice for the various buildings in the development.
  • Balancing the cost and heritage implications of required structural intervention works.


ADG CDS solution

ADG CDS’ team of technical experts conducted a complete and thorough structural investigation of the assets. This allowed ADG Engineers to provide strategic design solutions for areas needing strengthening, ultimately lowering the overall cost of the project and achieving asset sustainability for the heritage structures.

Services provided

  • Material sampling and testing
  • Dilapidation surveys
  • Virtual recreation of the as-built existing structure
  • Point cloud scanning
  • 360-degree photogrammetry
  • Aerial photogrammetry and videography