Chermside Health Hub Secures Approval to Add More Space

Chermside Health Hub has received the green light on its plan to increase floor space and add car parking spaces to its proposed health centre on Gympie Road.

Read: Medical Centre Proposed in Chermside to Meet Demand in Area

The site is on one of the busiest inner north intersections, the corner of Gympie and Rode Roads. It’s currently occupied by a car yard, which will be removed to facilitate the development. The former car yard was once the site of Brisbane’s iconic ‘big boot,’ which had served as a landmark in Chermside for over 40 years.

Chermside Health Hub floor plan
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council 

A project of the Cornerstone Group, Chermside Health Hub is a three-storey integrated health centre which will include retail premises and a cafe. The original plan was to have 4,850 sqm of healthcare services and 220 sqm of retail space but the developer has amended its plan to add an extra level for health care uses, taking the total floor area to 5,705 sqm. 

Chermside integrated health centre
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council 

From a proposal of 153 car parking spaces and five motorcycle spaces across three basement levels, Cornerstone has also requested for an additional 28 spaces of on-site parking, bringing the total of car parks for 186 vehicles, with a boom gate to cordon off parking for doctors.

Rode Rd frontage
Rode Rd frontage (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

The medical centre, now in its construction phase with plans to open in 2022, will be the 23rd centre within a 4-km radius of the site. Whilst there are a number of health centres nearby, a feasibility assessment indicated that there is stilla need for primary, allied, and specialist health services in the area.

“The site provides an opportunity to enhance the health and medical service provision to an area where existing health care services are lacking in both quality and quantity,” RPS Group reported on behalf of the applicant. For more details about the application, see A005704000.

Construction Underway for a New Chermside Health Hub

Construction has now begun at the site of the new Chermside Health Hub along the intersection of Gympie Road and Rode Road, following the sod-turning ceremony in July 2021. 

The new medical facility will be a three-storey centre that will house integrated health services like general practice, bariatric surgery, radiology, and a pharmacy. The site is expected to meet the growing demands for health services in the area. 

Cornerstone Healthcare Property Fund director Simon Heazlewood said that they are delighted to finally proceed with the construction whilst the final negotiations with healthcare practitioners are ongoing. Mr Heazlewood said that they are confident more interest will pick up once the site comes together.

CHP Fund tapped Merrin and Cranston for the construction project. At least 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase whilst the hub will employ over 100 medical and support services staff once it’s operational.  

Photo Credit: Merrin and Cranston/Facebook

Depending on the groups or individuals that would lease spaces, the Chermside Health Hub could also have a day surgery or a short-stay facility. The building was designed with a Class 9a healthcare building classification from the National Construction Code. 

The site will boast of the following unique points of difference from other facilities:

  • Unbeatable location and exposure to grow a doctor’s practice
  • Supported by experienced Health Business Specialists with expertise in healthcare and health project delivery
  • Flexible options to suit – your practice, your way
  • Prominent, access friendly location
  • Abundant parking onsite including tenant secure parking
  • Medical class building for optimal patient care and safety
  • Architectural excellence delivering abundant natural light
  • Prominent signage opportunities available

“If the past 18 months have shown us anything, it is the importance of quality healthcare and services,” Councillor Fiona Hammond, who was at the sod-turning ceremony, said. “The Hub is placed within walking distance of both the Prince Charles and St Vincent’s Private Hospital and will feature state-of-the-art facilities.”

“Demand for health services will only increase over coming years so it is terrific to have this new facility in the Northgate Ward,” Councillor Adam Allan said.

The Chermside Health Hub is expected to open in late 2022. 

Healthcare Group Turns Sod on New Health Hub in Chermside

North Lakes-based Cornerstone Healthcare Property Group led the sod-turning of the $42-million Chermside Health Hub which is set to open next year.

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Strategically placed in the heart of the thriving north Brisbane business district, the Chermside Health Hub is set to meet the rising demand for healthcare in north Brisbane. It is situated at the intersection of Gympie Road and Rode Road.

Research suggests that there will be significant predicted growth in demand for medical specialities in Chermside. According to a study by Hardes & Associates, the increase of demand for services in 14 years or by 2035 are as follows: 

  • Ophthalmology – 94% increase
  • General Medicine – 83% increase
  • Diagnostic GI Endoscopy – 68% increase
  • Orthopaedics – 64% increase 
  • Chemotherapy – 61% increase
  • Renal Dialysis – 59% increase    
  • Acute Psychiatry – 45% increase
Drone image of the site showing proximity to the Prince Charles and St Vincent’s Hospitals.

Chermside Health Hub is a state-of-the-art facility, designed to deliver integrated patient care under one roof. The hub is designed and constructed specifically for medical use and offers flexible tenancies from 100-sqm to 1750-sqm with options for turnkey tenancy fit outs.

Chermside Health Hub render/Supplied 

The health hub, accessible via public transport routes, is purpose-built to facilitate collaborative patient centred care. Its key elements include strong local medical referral pathways, abundant basement car parking, and flexible tenancy options.

The sod-turning ceremony was joined by Luke Howarth MP,  Federal Member for Petrie and Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services and local Councillors Adam Allan and Fiona Hammond.

From L to R: Local Cr Adam Allan, Simon Heazlewood, Director, Cornerstone Healthcare Property Fund (CHP Fund), Cr Fiona Hammond and Luke Howarth MP

“I’m delighted to join my fellow dignitaries to turn the sod on the Chermside Health Hub today and would like to congratulate CHP Fund on this great initiative which will deliver essential services to the local community,” Mr Howarth said.

“Today is not only exciting regarding the Chermside Health Hub addressing the increasing need for health care in our local community, but also as a catalyst to generate new jobs and the positive impact it will have on our local economy,” he added.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said as Brisbane’s population continued to grow, the Chermside Health Hub would cater for a need for more healthcare services by conveniently combining a suite of specialities in one facility.

“This $42 million fully-integrated health care facility will help meet the growing demand for health care services in the region and will provide the north Brisbane community with access to quality health care services, located within walking distance of both Prince Charles and St Vincent’s Private Hospital,” Mayor Schrinner said.

Depending on weather and construction conditions, the health hub is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.