Property and Infrastructure Specialists
Providing project and design management services from due diligence through to delivery and operational readiness on a landmark sustainable commercial building and workplace in Melbourne’s Docklands.
Melbourne Docklands, VIC

Bringing a Melbourne landmark to life

The iconic 700 Bourke Street development is a 16-storey, A-grade sustainable building that is a new workplace for National Australia Bank (NAB) in Melbourne.

The office accommodation includes 61,000m2 of activity-based workspace over 15 levels, plus a rooftop garden.

NAB is the sole corporate tenant, with 700 Bourke Street becoming home to 6,000 employees.

Due diligence to delivery

APP, in association with Montlaur, was engaged to deliver project management services for NAB’s fit-out in this landmark Cbus development.  

Our role included the due diligence phase of the site selection, assessment and lease negotiation. We were also engaged as Principal Consultant, responsible for managing a team of fit-out design consultants including:

  • Woods Bagot
  • NDY
  • WT Partnership
  • McKenzie Group
  • Irwin Consult
  • Pidgeon
  • Hassell Landscaping
  • Food Consultants Australia
  • Audio Systems Logic.

We also helped NAB during the operational readiness phase in the planning and staged occupation for 700 Bourke Street, including the relocation of over 10,000 employees.  

Fully integrated collaboration

The architecture and interior fit-out of 700 Bourke Street were designed collaboratively with NAB and Cbus, in a fully integrated approach.

The primary goal was to create a welcoming workplace for NAB’s people, customers and communities by encouraging collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovation.

At 700 Bourke Street, approximately 95% of NAB employees will work flexibly in a diverse range of spaces, to allow them to choose a work environment suited to the task at hand. The range of work spaces include:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Video conferencing rooms
  • Quiet rooms
  • Work booths
  • Collaboration tables
  • Team huddle spaces
  • Informal meeting spaces, such as tea points, cafés and rooftop garden.

A flexi-ratio of 1:1.3 (i.e. 10 work points available for every 13 people) was allocated, meaning that NAB required fewer floors and achieved significant efficiencies and cost savings.


Together with NAB, we forged a cohesive and collaborative project team to ensure integration between the base build and fit-out teams. This enabled the project to be completed within 26 months.

The base building achieved a 6-Star Green Star Office Design V3 rating and a 5-Star Green Star Office Interiors Design rating.

Given the unique scale and complexity of the project, it is a reflection of the collaborative approach that all parties took that we have achieved completion six weeks ahead of the AFL completion date. I would like to offer special thanks to the APP/Montlaur team for their commitment and efforts to achieve this key project milestone.

Roger Macmorran

Project Director - 700 Bourke Street Project Commercial Network Services, Group Business Services, National Australia Bank

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