Shovels Hit Ground for Mental Health Hospital in Nundah

Work is well underway to transform a commercial building site in Nundah into a state-of-the-art private mental health hospital.

Read: 60-Bed Mental Health Facility Proposed for Nundah

Real estate investment firm Real Asset Management (RAM) has settled on the site at 20 Nellie Street, inking a 25-year lease deal with healthcare operator iMH to anchor the precinct with a 58-bed private mental health facility offering a pioneering new model of care.

According to iMH director Julia Strickland-Bellamy, Nundah Private Hospital will introduce an integrated private mental health services approach never before seen in Brisbane when it opens in the second half of 2024.

Photo credit: Queensland Globe

She said this new model of care is a first for the Brisbane area, with the hospital set to open this October.

Ms Strickland-Bellamy added that the Nundah Private Hospital would allow Aurora Healthcare to expand its services to Brisbane’s northside, utilising a new model of care while also drawing upon the organisation’s decades of expertise specialising in private mental health care.

The major development comes as Queensland grapples with a shortage of mental health beds, estimated between 400 to 2,100 according to RAM.

Originally approved for office and childcare use, RAM filed revised plans with Brisbane City Council late last year to convert the site into a dedicated $60 million medical precinct featuring a five-story, V-shaped hospital building with consulting suites.

Artist’s impression of the new mental health hospital in Nundah (Photo credit: Z Architects)

Designed by Z Architects, the pioneering Nundah health precinct will feature more than just the integrated mental health hospital building. Plans call for the hub to also include space for additional complementary health services, food and beverage offerings, office suites, and indoor sports facilities.

RAM had unlocked around $18 million in value through strategic planning and pre-leasing, reaching 68 percent occupancy before settlement. The firm’s funds management director Sam Wood highlighted the significant demand for mental health infrastructure driving the investment.

The unlisted RAM Australia Healthcare Opportunity Strategy underpinning the Nundah project provides greater flexibility to pursue healthcare assets, complementing the firm’s listed Essential Services Property Fund portfolio.

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Meanwhile, the facility would maintain 24-hour operations, with the busiest periods occurring each day between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. to accommodate patient admissions, outpatient appointments, visitor hours, and any required deliveries.

Published 21-May-2024

Mental Health Hospital to Replace Planned Childcare and Office in Last-Minute Change to Nundah Development

Did you know that there will soon be a new, 60-bed private mental health hospital in Nundah, after plans for a mixed-use development were changed at the last minute?

Read: Indoor Sport and Recreation, Medical Centre, and Child Care Centre at Nellie Street in Nundah Proposed

The 8,523 sqm site at 20 Nellie Street in Nundah has now been earmarked for a five-storey building. The original plans included 5,000 sqm of office space and a 954 sqm childcare centre that have now been removed from amended plans submitted to Council.

If approved, the mental health hospital will serve as a sister facility to Belmont Private Hospital, operating in Carina Heights.

Original render (Photo credit: Z Architects)

The proposed hospital is expected to facilitate treatment for low-acute, voluntary in- and out-patients, with high prevalence disorders such as anxiety, depression and addiction.

Existing approval (Photo credit: Z Architects)

“The proposed 60 bed hospital and associated consulting suites forms part of a joint venture between Aurora Healthcare and Medibank, known as IMH, to deliver an innovative integrated private mental health facility that will provide additional health care offerings to aid in meeting the increasing demand for voluntary mental health services across Brisbane,” planners at Urbis stated on behalf of the applicant. 

Mental Health Hospital
Amended plans (Photo credit: Z Architects)

“The proposed development has had consideration of the previously approved scheme under construction, and seeks to provide a revitalised outcome for the site based on tenant interest and surrounding operations,” planners added.

Mental Health Hospital
Photo credit: Z Architects

As part of the original approved plans by Z Architects, existing industrial sheds were to be refurbished and woven into the development, which also included building  two new buildings.

The original Development Approval for a child care centre, indoor sport and recreation facility, office space, and retail shop was granted by the Council on 23 April 2020. The approved design included 185 parking spaces located at ground level and in a single basement level.

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The developers noted that the proposed changes to the approved uses will not impact the already constructed built form on site, including the approved car parking, access, and servicing.

Published 4-August-2023