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BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS REGENERATION - HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Download the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration fact sheet here or read on for more information.

AT A GLANCE
Project
Regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds by the RNA and Lend Lease.
Organisations involved
• The RNA owns and operates the Brisbane Showgrounds and is a not for dividend member based organisation governed by a 21 member council. Its charter is to promote and encourage the development of Queensland agriculture and business.
• Lend Lease is the RNA's project partner for the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration. The project includes the upgrade of Brisbane Showgrounds included the completed state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre, Plaza and Porte-Cochere together with 5.5 hectares of new development comprising of The Green residential apartments, Kings Gate commercial precinct and the creation of King Street. It will be a vibrant new destination where 15,000 people will live, work and play.
The project is being delivered via Lend Lease's integrated business model, with the Group providing funding partners, development management, project management, design management and construction.
Location
Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia - 1.6 kilometres from CBD
Size
22 hectares and represents the largest Brownfield development of its kind in Australia. The project includes 340,000m2 of new residential, commercial and retail buildings, together with an additional 76,000m2 of new development on RNA retained land.
Investment
The project value of new residential/commercial/retail development is estimated at $2.9 billion. This is funded primarily by Lend Lease and through a $65 million loan from the Queensland Treasury Corporation.
Economic benefits / job creation
The regeneration project is expected to deliver $300 million per annum in economic benefits to Queensland, while supporting Brisbane's future economic and population growth by creating more than 2,000 jobs.
TIMELINE (in separate box, similar to recent traffic management fact sheet)
APRIL 2011
Construction began on transforming the Industrial Pavilion into the world-class $59 million Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC).
JULY 2011
Industrial Pavilion roof removed.
Removal of Frank Nicklin Building.
SEPTEMBER 2011
Designs of the Lend Lease commercial development component unveiled.
Work began on related infrastructure.
OCTOBER 2011
The Green sales suite opened and the first release of apartments at 'The Green' went on sale.
AUGUST 2012
Ground floor of Royal ICC opened for exhibition space at Ekka 2012
NOVEMBER 2012
RNA staff moved into brand new 950m2 office in Royal ICC.
DECEMBER 2012
Removal of the RNA Administration Building.
Construction on the new 7,000m2 $7.7 million Plaza commenced.
MARCH 2013
Royal ICC opens for its first events.
OCTOBER 2013
Completion of the Plaza.
Construction commenced on K1, the first commercial tower at Kings Gate commercial sector and on The Green residential apartments
2014/15 planned works* (This can stay on page with map-as per Brisbane Showgrounds fact sheet)
Stage two of the RNA's 15 year $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project is underway with more project milestones expected in 2015.
Mid 2015 - Residents move into apartments at The Green
Mid 2015 - Kings Gate commercial sector opens for business
Mid 2015 - Retail precinct on King Street to have commenced
Late 2015 - Four star hotel opens on King Street
* Future dates are indicative only.
(*NEW SECTION)
IN DETAIL
Construction
The 15 year Regeneration Project commenced in April 2011. 2013 marked historic project milestones with the completion of major stage one works including the Royal International Convention Centre in March 2013 followed by the adjoining Plaza and Porte-Cochere. Stage two works are underway with the commencement of construction on The Green residential apartments and on K1, the first tower in the Kings Gate commercial precinct.
The annual Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will continue to operate throughout the life of the project.
Vision
The regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds has already begun to re-energise the annual Ekka and will see the site become a year-round destination for the community. Brisbane Showgrounds will be the centrepiece of a new urban village precinct.
Significance
This world-class regeneration of a famous landmark synonymous with Queensland's social heritage and culture represents an historic milestone for Brisbane. It is not simply an urban renewal but rather a transformation of 22 hectares, 1.6 kilometres from the CBD, into a vibrant year-round destination. For the RNA and Lend Lease, this once in a lifetime collaboration signals an opportunity to build a legacy for future generations to enjoy by ensuring the Ekka remains at its rightful birthplace while giving the Brisbane Showgrounds the facelift it richly deserves. The regeneration project will ensure the Brisbane Showgrounds becomes the destination for fashion, design, lifestyle and culture, hosting world-class events and shows all year round.
Support
The regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds has the bipartisan support of the Queensland Government, State Opposition, Brisbane City Council, the Federal Government and Federal Opposition plus many within Brisbane's business, agriculture, industry and community sectors.
Background
In 2003 the RNA Council began a process to achieve two vital goals for the benefit of not just RNA members, but the people of Queensland. The goals involved guaranteeing the annual Ekka - the event Queenslanders voted their most iconic - would remain at the Brisbane Showgrounds where it was first held in 1876, and ensuring the long term financial viability of the RNA. Some seven years later, this vision was realised with the approval of Brisbane Showgrounds Master Plan in November 2010 by the Urban Land Development Authority. This approval paved the way for construction to begin in April 2011, and represents a historic milestone for Brisbane.
Transport
The completion of the efficient Airport Link and Northern Busway, along with other planned transport infrastructure projects, ensures the Brisbane Showgrounds is more accessible to the community.
Project stages
The Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project is now in its fourth year of the 15 year project:
Stage one - completed
• Industrial Pavilion transformed into a $59 million state-of-the-art convention and exhibition centre which contains three flexible halls featuring an Australian only custom built operable ceiling grid system, a 1,200m2 commercial kitchen with world-class catering and exhibition space for indoor/outdoor events. The Royal ICC held its first event in March 2013.
• $7.7 million 7,000sqm Plaza and Porte-Cochere.
• $7 million in enabling infrastructure works to improve stormwater and sewer works.
Stage two - underway
• Development and completion of Lend Lease's residential apartments, The Green, and commercial precinct, Kings Gate.
• Design and development of a proposed four-star hotel.
• Design and development of King Street and associated public realm.
Other major stages will occur in the project including design and construction of a cattle pavilion and horse pavilion and further residential, commercial and retail development.
Energising the Ekka
The Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration and updated state-of-the-art facilities have secured the Ekka's location at the Brisbane Showgrounds, making Brisbane one of the only Royal Shows in the country to maintain its country and city links by holding the show right here at its original inner-city location. The Ekka has and will continue to operate throughout the life of the Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project. In 2013 Ekka guests were able to experience the Royal ICC first-hand as it housed some of the Ekka's largest and most popular events and competitions.
The regeneration will also ensure that handlers can continue to stay in close proximity to their prize winning animals, with new proposed state-of-the-art large animal facilities.
More information
For more information on the Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration you can view or download a special Q&A at the RNA website at www.rna.org.au/redevelopment, or Lend Lease website at www.rnaredevelopment.lendlease.com.au.
Enquiries
For construction related enquires and residential, commercial and retail information please contact Lend Lease on 1800 148 019. For enquiries relating to the RNA, Brisbane Showgrounds or the Royal Queensland Show, please contact the RNA on (07) 3253 3900.

Project

Regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds by the RNA and Lend Lease.

Organisations involved

  • The RNA owns and operates the Brisbane Showgrounds and is a not for dividend member based organisation governed by a 21 member council. Its charter is to promote and encourage the development of Queensland agriculture and business.
  • Lend Lease is the RNA's project partner for the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project. The project includes the upgrade of Brisbane Showgrounds including the completed state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre, Plaza and Porte-Cochere together with 5.5 hectares of new development comprising of The Green and The Yards residential apartments, Kings Gate commercial precinct and the creation of King Street. It will be a vibrant new destination where 15,000 people will live, work and play. The project is being delivered via Lend Lease's integrated business model, with the Group providing funding partners, development management, project management, design management and construction.

Location

Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia - 1.5 kilometres from CBD

Size

22 hectares and represents the largest Brownfield development of its kind in Australia. The project includes 340,000m2 of new residential, commercial and retail buildings, together with an additional 76,000m2 of new development on RNA retained land.

Investment

The project value of new residential/commercial/retail development is estimated at $2.9 billion. This is funded primarily by Lend Lease and through a $65 million loan from the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

Economic benefits / job creation

The regeneration project is expected to deliver $300 million per annum in economic benefits to Queensland, while supporting Brisbane's future economic and population growth by creating more than 2,000 jobs.

TIMELINE

APRIL 2011

  • Construction began on transforming the Industrial Pavilion into the world-class $59 million Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC)

JULY 2011

  • Industrial Pavilion roof removed
  • Removal of Frank Nicklin Building

SEPTEMBER 2011

  • Designs of the Lend Lease commercial development component unveiled
  • Work began on related infrastructure

OCTOBER 2011

  • The Green sales suite opened and the first release of apartments at 'The Green' went on sale

AUGUST 2012

  • Ground floor of Royal ICC opened for exhibition space at Ekka 2012

NOVEMBER 2012

  • RNA staff moved into brand new 950m2 office in Royal ICC

DECEMBER 2012

  • Removal of the RNA Administration Building
  • Construction on the new 7,000m2 $7.7 million Plaza commenced

MARCH 2013

  • Royal ICC opens for its first events

OCTOBER 2013

  • Completion of the Plaza.
  • Construction commenced on K1, the first commercial tower at Kings Gate commercial sector and on The Green residential apartments

JANUARY 2014

  • King Street infrastructure started

SEPTEMBER 2014

  • Stage two of the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project announced - four-star Rydges hotel confirmed, construction of King Street and 401 new residences at The Yards
  • Record sales at The Yards - 160 apartments sold in four hours
  • Commerce Building removed
  • Gregory Terrace upgrade

OCTOBER 2014

  • South Yard released early due to record sales of North Yard

NOVEMBER 2014

  • King Street (above ground) started

JANUARY 2015

  • Construction commenced on Rydges four star hotel

April 2015

· Construction commenced on The Yards

 

June 2015

 

· Kingsgate commercial sector opens for business

 

September 2015

· First residents move into The Green

 

November 2015

· Construction commences on 10ML Detention Tank

February 2016

· Four star Rydges hotel, including the Paddock Bar and Six Acres restaurant, opens for business

· King Street opens to traffic and links St Pauls Terrace and Gregory Terrace

 

2016/2017 planned works

· Retail precinct on King Street opens

· Residents move into apartments at The Yards

· Construction begins on Cattle and horse pavilions

* Future dates are indicative only.

 

 

IN DETAIL

Construction

The 15 year regeneration project commenced in April 2011. 2013 marked historic project milestones with the completion of major stage one works including the Royal International Convention Centre in March 2013 followed by the adjoining Plaza and Porte-Cochere. Stage two works are underway with the construction of The Green residential apartments and K1, the first tower in the Kings Gate commercial precinct, the announcement of the four-star Rydges Hotel and The Yards residential apartments.

The annual Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will continue to operate throughout the life of the project.

Vision

The regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds has already begun to re-energise the annual Ekka and will see the site become a year-round destination for the community. Brisbane Showgrounds will be the centrepiece of a new urban village precinct.

Significance

This world-class regeneration of a famous landmark synonymous with Queensland's social heritage and culture represents an historic milestone for Brisbane. It is not simply an urban renewal but rather a transformation of 22 hectares, 1.6 kilometres from the CBD, into a vibrant year-round destination. For the RNA and Lend Lease, this once in a lifetime collaboration signals an opportunity to build a legacy for future generations to enjoy by ensuring the Ekka remains at its rightful birthplace while giving the Brisbane Showgrounds the facelift it richly deserves. The regeneration project will ensure the Brisbane Showgrounds becomes the destination for fashion, design, lifestyle and culture, hosting world-class events and shows all year round.

Support

The regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds has the bipartisan support of the Queensland Government, State Opposition, Brisbane City Council, the Federal Government and Federal Opposition plus many within Brisbane's business, agriculture, industry and community sectors.

Background

In 2003 the RNA Council began a process to achieve two vital goals for the benefit of not just RNA members, but the people of Queensland. The goals involved guaranteeing the annual Ekka - the event Queenslanders voted their most iconic - would remain at the Brisbane Showgrounds where it was first held in 1876, and ensuring the long term financial viability of the RNA. Some seven years later, this vision was realised with the approval of Brisbane Showgrounds Master Plan in November 2010 by the Urban Land Development Authority. This approval paved the way for construction to begin in April 2011, and represents a historic milestone for Brisbane.

Transport

The completion of the efficient Airport Link and Northern Busway, along with other planned transport infrastructure projects, ensures the Brisbane Showgrounds is more accessible to the community.

Project stages

The Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project is now in its fourth year of the 15 year project:

Stage one - completed

  • Industrial Pavilion transformed into a $59 million state-of-the-art convention and exhibition centre which contains three flexible halls featuring an Australian only custom built operable ceiling grid system, a 1,200m2 commercial kitchen with world-class catering and exhibition space for indoor/outdoor events. The Royal ICC held its first event in March 2013.
  • $7 million in enabling infrastructure works to improve stormwater and sewer works.

Stage two - underway

  • Development and completion of Lend Lease's residential apartments 'The Green' and commercial precinct 'Kings Gate'
  • Development and completion of Rydges four-star hotel
  • Development and completion of King Street and associated public realm
  • Development and completion of 'The Yards' residential apartments

Other major stages will occur in the project including design and construction of a cattle pavilion and horse pavilion and further residential, commercial and retail development.

Energising the Ekka

The Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration and updated state-of-the-art facilities have secured the Ekka's location at the Brisbane Showgrounds, making Brisbane one of the only Royal Shows in the country to maintain its country and city links by holding the show right here at its original inner-city location. The Ekka has and will continue to operate throughout the life of the Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project. In 2013 Ekka guests were able to experience the Royal ICC first-hand as it housed some of the Ekka's largest and most popular events and competitions.

The regeneration will also ensure that handlers can continue to stay in close proximity to their prize winning animals, with new proposed state-of-the-art large animal facilities.

More information

For more information on the Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration, download the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration fact sheet here or visit the Lend Lease website and Rydges website.

Enquiries

For construction related enquires and residential, commercial and retail information please contact Lend Lease on 1800 148 019. For enquiries relating to the RNA, Brisbane Showgrounds or the Royal Queensland Show, please contact the RNA on (07) 3253 3900.

RNA Corporate - gold crest

 

For Royal Queensland Show, event information and enquiries,
please contact the RNA on:

Lend Lease

 

For private development (residential, commercial and retail) information and construction-related enquiries, please contact Lend Lease on:

redevelopment@rna.org.au rnaredevelopment@lendlease.com
Phone: 07 3253 3900 Freecall: 1800 148 019
For media enquiries please contact: Veronica Carew 07 3253 3930 For media enquiries please contact: Nadeena Whitby 0467 773 032 
www.rna.org.au

www.thegreenbrisbane.com.au

www.lendlease.com