Located across from the main arena at the northern corner of King Street, Kings Co-op will occupy the much loved Ekka buildings – the Sugar building and Dairy Industry Hall, as part of stage three of the 15-year $2.9 billion Showgrounds regeneration project.
“Kings Co-op will provide not just another great facility for Ekka visitors but provide year-round services and amenities to our growing Showgrounds community,” RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said.
The design will reflect an eclectic mix of rustic and modern styles utilising the existing architecture and landscape, plus reclaimed materials from pavilions within the Brisbane Showgrounds.
It will include a ‘destination’ food and beverage concept, studio spaces for the creative industries and a mix of uses proposed to include childcare and health and wellbeing, which will be supported by a multi-level precinct car park.
Lendlease Brisbane Showgrounds Project Director Andrew Hay said Kings Co-op will be a first for Brisbane’s inner city, bringing together more than just the expected retail and commercial tenant mix.
“Kings Co-op will breathe new life into some of the most-loved RNA historic buildings,” he said.
“These are special meeting places that have showcased Queensland urban and regional best for many centuries and will continue to do so in the digital and innovation era.
“Brisbane Showgrounds holds a special place in the hearts of the Queensland community and we are excited to shape outcomes for our city with leading lifestyle offerings such as the Co-op.”
“King Co-op will also importantly promote and encourage development of food produce, arts, culture and above all, community spirit – which is part of the RNA’s charter since 1875,” Mr Christou said.
Construction on the Kings Co-op is expected to be completed in July 2017.