Preserving history a Mayne priority

At 82 years young, the Mayne Medical Building in Herston is having an injection of new life. Her refurbishment will provide alumni and the wider Queensland medical community with an opportunity to reconnect with one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings.

For nearly 13,000 graduates, this grand old building has been the scene of early-morning lectures and late-night study sessions. It’s where months have been spent studying pathology pots and poring over textbooks. It’s also been home to some life lessons that you won’t find in any textbook. 

And while the use of the building has changed over the years, its connection with alumni and their pride in her has never strayed.

The refurbishment project will commence in early 2019 and see first-class event spaces open on levels three and four of the building. Complementing the existing teaching spaces, the new centre will feature a function space with city views and capacity for 120 seated guests, an onsite kitchen, as well as five new meeting rooms.

These new spaces will supplement the 120-seat ES Meyers Lecture Theatre on level four, as well as the 150-seat Auditorium and seminar rooms in the Oral Health Centre, making UQ’s Herston campus a top-class destination for Brisbane events.

The Faculty hopes the new event centre, scheduled to open in early 2020, will become the preferred function and conference space for Queensland’s medical community. It will be available to alumni, friends of the Faculty and the wider community.

Our Office of Medical Education and the Marks-Hirschfeld Museum will continue to call the building home. The UQ Medical Society will join the Faculty Executive on level 2 of the building, allowing the class of 2018 and beyond the chance to build their own memories in Mayne.

To learn more about the refurbishment and enquire about bookings, visit  

This story is featured in the Summer 2018 edition of UQMedicine Magazine. View the latest edition here. Or to listen, watch, or read more stories from UQ’s Faculty of Medicine visit our blog, MayneStream.