Case Study - Commercial

628 Bourke Street

628 Bourke Street is an iconic, 15-storey business destination with a modern style that acknowledges the prominent location and Melbourne identity of the building. Kapitol Group were engaged to help redevelop, modernise and optimise the building’s ground floor, end-of-trip facilities, and Level 8 outdoor terrace.

Melbourne CBD, Victoria
Peddle Thorp Architects
Commercial Fit Out


To realise the client’s vision of highly functional, activated communal areas on the ground floor and Level 8, Kapitol Group completed the redevelopment and activation of the building’s street frontages on Bourke Street and Cosgrove Lane, a bright feature atrium, renovation of the lift lobbies and individual floors, new end-of-trip facilities including bike storage and on-site change rooms with shower, additional retail tenancies, and an upgrade to the level 8 outdoor terrace including communal meeting rooms and a tennis court.  

Three full frontage façades were redeveloped along Bourke Street, Little Bourke Street and the majority of Cosgrove Lane. The 15-storey commercial premise was built in 1989 and the client sought a modern and aesthetically upgraded street frontage.  

Innovation was at the forefront of the entire construction methodology and the Kapitol Group team implemented innovative delivery solutions through access, demolition and the removal of asbestos, to ensure a safe and high-quality delivery according to budget and program. 

Fast Facts

  • 89181

    Total work hours

  • 5600sqm

    Floor space refurbished

  • 660sqm

    Façade refurbished


Kapitol Group were working in a live environment, accommodating the 24-hour operations of important institutions including Melbourne Metro and V/Line. Additionally, Kapitol Group discovered asbestos at the early stages of the construction phase which would require the adoption of several methodologies as well as a complex asbestos management plan for the removal to be completed safely.

628 Bourke Street Completion Video

Our Approach

Effective stakeholder coordination and communication was paramount and effectively demonstrated by the Kapitol Group team to overcome the challenges of working in a live environment. Demolition was required for the internal ground floor atrium and external areas of Level 8. These works were performed in and around live services and live infrastructure and required meticulous execution to maintain public safety and minimise disruption.

Furthermore, Kapitol Group assisted in the rationalisation of the design to work around the tenancies surrounding the atrium to prevent any disruption and maintain ongoing operations.

Working with a hygienist and asbestos removalist, alongside the client, we developed a number of methodologies in different areas of the site to ensure the asbestos management plan went smoothly and was completed safely.

On behalf of PTA, I would like to thank Kapitol and their on-site team for their support during the project. We found everyone to be energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated to supporting the vision designed by our team.

Socrati Seretis Associate Director, Peddle Thorp Architects Melbourne