Regeneration of the Brisbane Showgrounds by the RNA and Lendlease.
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 celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.
Lendlease is the RNA's project partner for the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project. The project is being delivered via Lendlease's integrated business model, with the Group providing funding partners, development management, project management, design management and construction.
Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia - 1.5 kilometres from CBD
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.
The project value of new residential/commercial/retail development is estimated at $2.9 billion. This is funded primarily by Lendlease 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.
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, 1.5 kilometres from the CBD, into a vibrant year-round destination.
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.
The completion of the efficient Airport Link and Northern Busway, along with the Cross River Rail transport infrastructure project currently under construction, ensures the Brisbane Showgrounds is more accessible to the community.
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.
To download the latest 2023 Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project fact sheet please click here.
The regeneration project commenced in April 2011, with three stages now complete.
2013 marked historic project milestones with the completion of major stage one works:
- 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 International Convention Centre (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
The RNA and project partner Lendlease unveiled stage two of the project in 2014:
- Development and completion of Lendlease's residential apartments 'The Green' and commercial precinct 'Kingsgate'
- Development and completion of the four and a half star Rydges Hotel
- Development and completion of King Street and associated public realm
- Development and completion of The Yards residential apartments
Stage three of the project got underway in August 2016:
- Development of Kings Co-op, supported by a five level, 375 bay car park
- Construction of 25 King - the world's largest engineered timber office building
- Construction of The Pavilion, to house large animals at Ekka and used as a car park and event space outside of show
- Construction of Marquee No. 2 - a second marquee for the Brisbane Showgrounds
- Creation of Alexandria Park and upgrade to Building 8
Other major stages will occur in the project including further commercial and retail development.
The annual Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will continue to operate throughout the life of the project.
Energising the Ekka
The Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration and updated state-of-the-art facilities have secured the Ekka's location at the Brisbane Showgrounds. This means the Ekka is one of the only Royal Shows in the country to maintain its country and city links by holding the show 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 show's largest and most popular events and competitions. The regeneration also ensures handlers can continue to stay in close proximity to their prize winning animals, with new state-of-the-art large animal facilities.
The Brisbane Showgrounds Master Plan was approved in November 2010 by the Urban Land Development Authority. This approval paved the way for construction to begin in April 2011.
- Construction began on transforming the Industrial Pavilion into the world-class $59 million Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC)
- Industrial Pavilion roof removed
Removal of Frank Nicklin Building
- Designs of the Lendlease commercial development component unveiled
Work began on related infrastructure
- The Green sales suite opened and the first release of apartments at 'The Green' went on sale
- Ground floor of Royal ICC opened for exhibition space at Ekka 2012
- RNA staff moved into brand new 950m2 office in Royal ICC
- Removal of the RNA Administration Building
Construction on the new 7,000m2, $7.7 million Plaza commenced
- Royal ICC opens for its first events
- Completion of the Plaza
Construction commenced on K1, the first commercial tower at Kingsgate commercial sector and on The Green residential apartments
- King Street infrastructure started
- Stage two of the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project announced - four and a half star Rydges Hotel, construction of King Street and 401 new residences at The Yards confirmed
Record sales at The Yards - 160 apartments sold in four hours
Commerce Building removed
Gregory Terrace upgrade
- South Yard released early due to record sales of North Yard
- King Street (above ground) started
- Construction commenced on four and a half star Rydges Hotel
- Construction commenced on The Yards
- Kingsgate commercial sector opens for business
- First residents move into The Green
- Construction commences on 10ML Detention Tank
- Four and a half 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
- Construction begins on Kings Co-op - a social, creative and community retail concept - and its multi-storey car park
Restaurants The George and Fat Dumpling open on King Street
- Restaurant Sushi & Nori opens on King Street
- Restaurant Il Verde opens on King Street
- Food van takeaway and eat-in concept, Hello Chicken, opens on King Street
- Restaurants Super Combo and The Lamb Shop open on King Street
- Modern Lebanese restaurant, The Pine Kitchen, opens on King Street
- Construction begins on the world's largest engineered timber building, 25 King
Vietnamese restaurant Banoi opens on King Stree
- Emporium Barber opens on King Street
- The five level, 375 bay King Street Car Park opens to the public
Work on The Pavilion (used as a large animal pavilion during Ekka and 630 bay car park or event space outside of Ekka) commences
Beauty salon, Salon Blend, opens on King Street
- Hair salon, Tigerlamb, opens on King Street
- Construction commences on a second marquee (Marquee No. 2) for the Brisbane Showgrounds
- Construction of Marquee No. 2 complete
Welcome to Bowen Hills (a permanent bar and food truck stop) opens on King Street
Guardian Early Learning opens on King Street
- Artisan opens on King Street
- Bavarian Beerhaus opens on King Street
- Kuhl-Cher Coffee opens on King Street
- Myhealth Medical Centre opens on King Street
Construction commences on Alexandria Park and the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Building 8
- Construction finishes on The Pavilion
Fiera Boutique and Atelier Brasserie open on King Street
- Construction of the world's largest engineered timber office building, 25 King, complete
Mercado, King Street Bakery, 9Round and El Camino Cantina open on King Street
- La Marcelleria Gelateria opens on King Street
- Alexandria Park is complete
- Cam's Cycles opens on King Street
For construction related enquires and residential, commercial and retail information please contact Lendlease 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.