Brisbane Showgrounds Redevelopment Public Realm

The redevelopment of the traditional home of the Royal Queensland Show – colloquially known as the 'Ekka' – is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a legacy for future generations while delivering a truly unique integrated mixed use precinct incorporating residential, commercial, retail, and cultural hubs.

ClientLendlease & RNA

LocationBowen Hills, QLD

Date2010 - 2011

Award2016 Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland Awards for Excellence – Urban Renewal Award (Lendlease, RNA and Lat27) • 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards – Shortlisted for Delivered Outcome – Large Scale (Lat27 in collaboration with RNA & Lendlease)

Brisbane’s much-loved ‘Ekka’, officially the Royal Queensland Show, has attracted generations of locals and visitors through its gates almost every August since the first Queensland 'Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876'. The Brisbane Showgrounds Redevelopment is a partnership between the Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association (RNA), the land owner, and Lendlease, the development manager. At $2.9 billion, it is the largest brownfield redevelopment of its kind in Australia.

The redevelopment of the ‘Ekka’ site is one of the most significant urban renewal opportunities for Brisbane, creating a unique new mixed use destination. Lat27 finalised the landscape master plan for the public realm, supporting a submission to the Urban Land Development Authority (now Economic Development Queensland).

The project presented the opportunity to reveal the historic narrative of a site traditionally only accessible during show times and to integrate it with it's surrounding context. The Public Realm Master Plan addresses place making, connectivity, CPTED, and sustainable outcomes for the new precinct both during and outside the ‘Ekka’.

Key achievements of the Public Realm Master Plan will include:

  • the creation of a new urban neighbourhood through a vibrant, high quality public realm designed appropriately in response to the site’s subtropical climate;
  • the creation of a distinctive character for the new precinct focusing on its unique qualities and heritage values;
  • enhanced pedestrian and cyclist permeability and connections into the surrounding urban fabric through the provision of district wide attractors such as the commercial precinct, markets, open spaces and events spaces;
  • new road access, parking, cycle and pedestrian routes and public transport nodes; and
  • creation of new liveable neighbourhoods, including public private interfaces, equitable access, connections to public transport.

Subsequent projects from this master plan include: