Lend Lease’s RNA Showgrounds Proposal


Brisbane’s future RNA Showgrounds can expect a mixed use precinct with improved linkages, fresh food markets and other amenities.

UPDATE HERE | This is an artist’s impression of what the RNA Showgrounds could look like after it undergoes an urban renewal process which will see a residential population of around 10,000 people and a predicted 8,000 strong workforce.

The Bowen Hills area is earmarked for large scale redevelopment as it is in close proximity to key activity centres as well as rail infrastructure. Lend Lease, which now holds the rights to develop Brisbane’s RNA showgrounds has released it’s new DA, pending approval by the Urban Land Development Authority (UDLA). 

In the proposal, heritage and tradition have both been celebrated while plans for mixed use residential, retail and office precinct will breath new life into the area throughout the year.

  • Commercial and residential along O’Connell Terrace with ground floor shops and restaurants where appropriate
  • High-density residential along exhibition Street
  • Fresh Food Markets and retail within the central part of the site south of Gregory Terrace
  • Retail, hotel and convention to the south west of the proposed Grand Parade
  • RNA Showground facilities within the centre of the Site.

Density and heights of the proposed residential and commercial buildings range from the following:

  • 30 storeys fronting Sutton and Exhibition Streets
  • 16-24 stories along O’Connell Terrace and Brookes Street
  • 16 stories along St Pauls Terrace and Grand Parade
  • 5 stories in the central northern part of the Site.
The level of density will protect the existing RNA/Ekka uses while more land will be used for public amenities including improved bikeway and walkway paths.

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