The transformation of Brisbane Showgrounds is set to continue with the unveiling of Kings Co-op, a new social, creative and community retail concept.

Located at the northern end of King Street, Kings Co-op — the next stage of the 15-year, $2.9 billion Showgrounds regeneration concept — will occupy the Ekka’s Sugar Building and Dairy Industry Hall.

The iconic buildings will now play host to new bars and restaurants, studio spaces for the creative industries, childcare and health and well-being facilities, and a multi-level car park for the precinct.

The design will reflect an eclectic mix of rustic and modern styles, utilising the existing architecture and landscape as well as reclaimed materials from pavilions within Brisbane Showgrounds.

Lendlease Brisbane Showgrounds project director Andrew Hay says Kings Co-op will be a first for Brisbane’s inner city.

“Kings Co-op will breathe new life into some of the most-loved RNA historic buildings,” he says.

“These are special meeting places that have showcased Queensland’s 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.”

RNA chief executive Brendan Christou says Kings Co-op will be an anchor precinct for the Brisbane Showgrounds.

“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,” he says.

“We are now in our sixth year of the regeneration project and each stage reflects our goals of transforming the Showgrounds into a year-round world class destination and lifestyle precinct while importantly ensuring the Ekka remains here forever.

“Kings Co-op will also importantly promote and encourage development of food produce, arts, culture and above all, community spirit — which has been part of the RNA’s charter since 1875.”

Construction on the Kings Co-Op is expected to be completed in July 2017.