Finding SEEK a new global headquarters
We turned SEEK’s vision for its business into a workplace for this generation
2015 – 2017
60 Cremorne Street, Cremorne, Victoria, Australia
20,000 sq m
We were looking for a workplace that matched SEEK's strong culture and would help drive our purpose of helping people live more fulfilling and productive working lives, and helping organisations succeed. This played a big role in selecting the correct site location for SEEK. JLL had their work cut out for them, but we are delighted and excited to be making Cremorne our new home.
SEEK is a global, connected technology company that wanted an HQ that was right for the unique SEEK culture. It wanted world-class facilities to allow for collaboration and innovation that would drive its purpose of helping people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and to help organisations succeed.
JLL spent the time to fully understand SEEK’s precise requirements before taking them to the market. Our intimate knowledge of Melbourne’s office landscape led us to a number of suitable locations as well as developer partners that would be able to offer a purpose-built creative solution.
After a competitive process, JLL was appointed by SEEK in May 2015 to act as its tenant representative.
From the start we recognised that we could not achieve SEEK’s vision by running a standard arm’s-length procurement process. We would get the best outcome through true collaboration.
We helped SEEK turn its vision for the business into a statement of property requirements for the market. SEEK had strong views about the ideal location: Cremorne. An inner city suburb south-east of the CBD, it has a growing status as Victoria’s technology hub, a thriving innovation precinct with a creative start-up feel.
After identified several sites and developers, we ran a series of sessions with the shortlisted proponents, covering the architectural, technical and commercial aspects of the new development.
SEEK’s landmark move to 60 Cremorne Street goes hand-in-hand with its growth story, which started over 20 years ago as a tech start-up in St Kilda. SEEK’s new Melbourne HQ will be home to over 1,000 people, with room to grow even larger to meet the needs of its teams and customers.
The building itself was designed in consultation with Arup to secure a 5-star Green Star rating (Australian Excellence), a NABERS Energy 5-star rating, and a NABERS Indoor Environment 4.5 star rating.
SEEK is continually building the talent and capabilities of a global technology leader and its team now has a home to match this drive.