The 15 year regeneration of the RNA Showgrounds is approaching the final phases of Stage 3. The project includes the already completed development of Kings Co-op supported by a five-level, 375 bay car park. It also includes the construction of 25 King – the world’s largest engineered timber office building, construction of The Pavilion, which will house large animals at Ekka and used as a car park and event space outside of show times. The construction of Marquee No. 2 for the Brisbane Showgrounds and the creation of Alexandria Park and an upgrade to Building 8 will finalise Stage 3.
The 22 hectare redevelopment is the largest brownfield development of its kind in the country and has dramatically changed the landscape of the suburb. With more than 340,000m2 of commercial, residential and retail buildings, as well as 76,000m2 of new development on the land, Lendlease’s King Street and other residential, commercial development and the convention centre have reduced and changed how the RNA Showgrounds is used.
By the time the $2.9 billion projects are complete, the iconic Brisbane Showgrounds will be transformed into a world-class destination with use extended to year-round capacity. The showgrounds precinct falls into The Bowen Hills Priority Development Area (PDA) which facilitates the redevelopment of a significant mixed-use precinct well connected to the Brisbane CBD and public transport and.
The 108 hectares PDA located three kilometers from the Brisbane CBD includes the Brisbane Showgrounds, Perry Park, the Old Museum, Bowen Park, the Exhibition and Bowen Hills Railway Stations. Part of the Cross-River Rail upgrades, the Exhibition station will receive an upgraded station between the RNA Showgrounds and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, to offer year-round rail services to one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Brisbane.