The Deluca Way
We inspire people to make it happen.
De Luca is committed to our core values and behaviours which are commonly referred to as “The De Luca Way”. The De Luca way is presented throughout De Luca’s culture and is the way in which we act and work together. These values, which we always aspire to, are summarised in one word – INSPIRE
- Innovation in our thinking
- Nimble in our approach
- Sustainable in our practices
- Passionate about what we do
- Integrity in all our dealings
- Respect for everyone
- Empowerment of our people
We have a supportive, creative, and rewarding environment in which we conduct our business. Where stakeholders, clients and partners rave about our high level in quality, safety, environmental standards, and workplace practices.
Explore our company history and join us in creating a legacy of distinction.
In 1994, Founder and Managing Director Nic De Luca left a well-paying job with one of Australia’s major construction firms to follow a dream of running his own construction and development business with a clear focus on people and relationships. With a background in design management and estimating, combined with the hands on experience gained in helping his immigrant parents run the family concrete business, De Luca Properties was formed. The mid 90’s was a time where design and construction (D&C) was coming of age in major projects and Nic found a niche market for the use of D&C in the smaller Housing Commission market. With the encouragement of then Minister for Public Works and Housing, the late Terry Mackenroth, Nic won his first project for De Luca Properties, 12 Seniors Apartments at Duke Street Kangaroo Point. Armed with a mobile phone and fax machine, and working from a home office, Nic was owner, manager, foreman and labourer on that project whilst he mapped out his next steps.Close
With the passing of his immigrant father who was of great support and assistance in his first year, Nic was even more determined to create his own family legacy. His first project now a success, Nic continued to pursue and deliver house and land packages for the Department of Public Works and Housing under the design and construction model. Projects were delivered in Brisbane, Logan, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts with a small hands-on and nimble team of four. With cash flow and a balance sheet starting to grow, Nic also began exploring development opportunities and found a complimentary market in delivering small townhouse developments in Brisbane’s East. During this period, Nic successfully developed many small townhouse projects targeted at the owner occupier market whilst gaining a greater appreciation of the multi-disciplined construction and development market.Close
A change in Government in the late 90’s saw the delivery of Public Housing put on hold which presented a huge risk to De Luca Properties. Nic had to quickly adapt and started to explore alternate markets and industrial buildings caught his attention. It was an era where industrial buildings were called “sheds” and were traditionally metal clad structures. Through a mutual friend, Nic was introduced to the late John Smallwood who worked for Silvio Pradella and who was developing the now renowned Metroplex on Gateway estate at Murarrie. It was a time where the industrial market was depressed, and land sales were near impossible. Nic was presented an offer to buy a parcel of land in Metroplex on the proviso that he commenced construction of a building immediately to kick off part of the estate. With developers not speculating at the time, Nic took up the challenge and commenced construction of a speculative 2700m2 office / warehouse. He took guidance from his agents and built a state of the art building which was leased to BioMerieux, an international company, which before completion was sold for a record yield at the time of 8.25%! As recognition for Nic’s courage, quality and professionalism, Nic secured a significant land holding within the estate on which to continue his developments. Over the preceding eight years, De Luca Properties continued to develop and construct industrial buildings for national and international companies like Le Tourneau (now Komatsu), Adidas, Inoxcrom and Cerebos to name a few. In the late 2000’s, the Goodman Group secured the last stage of Metrpolex from Silvio and started to develop larger, specialised buildings for their tenants. By this time De Luca had developed a significant portfolio of quality buildings within the estate and were approached by Goodman to build for them. De Luca took on the construction of two major Goodman projects, one for Armaguard and one for NHP Electrical which started a relationship that continues today with the Goodman Group. The successful delivery of these projects raised Nic’s interest in third party construction work and growth in that part of his business. Nic then went on to plan and implement the systems and people he needed to be able to successfully service his development and construction businesses.Close
Over a coffee and chat on Good Friday in 2004, Nic struck a handshake deal with Max Muller of Sword Holdings to buy 10Ha of land at Wacol for $24M, his largest acquisition by far and one which would prove pivotal to his journey. De Luca’s extensive experience and reputation gained in the Metroplex estate, coupled with this strategic site in the Western corridor of Brisbane became of great attraction to Stockland, who were looking to press a stake in the Brisbane industrial market which at the time was predominately controlled by private developers. After some swift negotiations, Nic and Max struck a development agreement with Stockland to deliver a $60M state of the art industrial estate to be known as Interchange at Wacol. A 15,000m2 lease deal was then struck with Western Star trucks to kick off the estate and grow the relationship with Stockland. De Luca were firmly in the sights of the institutional players from Sydney.Close
Whilst busily developing the Stockland joint venture, Nic was keen to continue to grow the De Luca identity and its skill in developing business parks. In 2005 Nic purchased a strategic site from the Stockwell Group in Logan to be branded Campus Business Park. After subdividing the site into 8 lots, De Luca went on to speculate and purpose build first class commercial and industrial buildings for organisations like Queensland Health, Surgical Equipment Supplies and Soka Gagi to name a few.Close
After a chance meeting with an executive of the newly formed Brisbane Airport Corporation at a rugby match in early 2006, De Luca were successfully included in their construction tender panel for airport works. A growing new domestic and international airport presented much opportunity for De Luca at the time which was capitalised on quickly with their first D&C project for FedEx. Numerous warehouse and logistics projects followed, many for major national and international organisations like Australian Air Express, Qantas and Menzies.Close
With De Luca maintaining a strong presence at the Airport in the mid 2000’s, a significant tender opportunity presented itself on airport land for a joint venture between Pearson Property Group and Ash Morgan Winthrop. The Da Vinci Precinct was to become the first privately developed business park within the airport precinct and De Luca were an obvious fit to deliver it given their extensive experience in delivering business parks outside of the airport, coupled with their experience and relationship with BAC. The $30M project was to become De Luca’s largest in their 13-year history and one which further cemented their reputation as a builder of choice for industrial and commercial offerings. This coupled with their continuing experience in developing business parks formed the early structure and foundations of De Luca today.Close
Whilst continuing to expand the successful relationship with Stockland formed in 2004 at both Wacol and Northlakes, the global financial crisis was starting to take effect in Australia and many of the country’s institutional players were looking to divest of non-core assets. For Stockland, one of these was a 27Ha parcel of land at Narangba, directly opposite their flag ship Northlakes Estate. For De Luca and Sword, it presented an opportunity to be counter cyclical and buy whilst others were selling, taking a long-term position. The partners struck another quick deal with Stockland taking the significant holding off their balance sheet. As the GFC set in and with many of his competitors scrambling for work, Nic decided to reinvest in his business and developments and started a significant $13M subdivision of the Narangba land which was branded Interchange, continuing on from the success of Interchange at Wacol years before. With subdivision works underway and many other developers’ projects stalling, leasing opportunity appeared with multinational companies Apex Roofing, Abra Steel and Bunnings. The Bunnings deal was to become the beginning of one of the companies most successful and enduring relationships which would help set a path into the retail and bulky goods sector.Close
After successfully developing and building trade centres for Bunnings at Narangba and Raceview, De Luca started to explore construction opportunities with the company which at the time had a relatively low profile in Queensland. This was a strategic move by De Luca, driven by the fact that the majority of builders at the time were being distracted by the “Building the Education Revolution” stimulus package delivered by the Government, missing sitting opportunities such as Bunnings. The journey began with an apprenticeship with De Luca being awarded a small but fast refurbishment of a former Sam’s warehouse in Rockhampton. Following from this successful project, a medium format store in Airlie Beach was the company’s first new retail Bunnings project in Queensland. Like all projects, it came with its challenges and De Luca made it happen on time and within budget. From then on, the projects grew in size and number, and the relationship strengthened to successfully deliver over 20 stores throughout Queensland and Northern NSW. Over the years, De Luca has both developed and built over 300,000m2 of Bunnings stores totalling over $350M, always meeting their tight time frames and high-quality expectations.Close
With Industrial, Commercial and Retail being the main development and construction focus for the last decade, an opportunity arose to deliver the largest residential project on the Sunshine Coast at the time for Sword Holdings. The 139-unit resort style apartment project at Lake Kawana was a bold move by the developer, taking advantage of a depressed construction market. It was successfully delivered in just 52 weeks by De Luca. Three tower cranes shone across the Sunshine Coast skyline with De Luca on them, the companies bold first foray into the multi residential market.Close
Having now built experience in the multi residential arena with the Lake Kawana project, Nic was keen to expand this into his development division. Making the decision at the time that the business was not going to pursue third party residential construction works due to their complexity and long term liability, Nic was keen to create a recognised builder / developer brand in the residential apartment space. Being new to the sector, Bulimba, an evolving riverside suburb in Brisbane was selected as the place to showcase De Luca’s apartment ability, with its first project launched in 2013. Situated on a prime site adjoining Memorial Park, Parkside was launched and became a huge success. With owner occupiers the main target, enabled De Luca the ability to provide a higher level of product compared to other competitors in the marketplace.Close
With Parkside well under construction and selling strongly, an opportunity came to acquire a prime riverfront site from Watpac who were looking to exit the development market. The acquisition came with approvals and pre-sales and De Luca went on to develop the luxury riverfront apartment and adjoining marina further cementing its footprint in the Bulimba residential market.Close
Having been operating for just over 20 years, the company had achieved a lot and participated in wide and varying markets as a builder, developer and investor. However, with this diversification came confusion, mainly bought about by the then company name, De Luca Properties. Whilst having built near $1BN worth of projects, it found that a lot of the property market was not aware of the organisations construction ability and saw the company more as a property developer. The decision was therefore made to rebrand the business to a name which was not property specific and De Luca Corporation was born – a diversified construction and property organisation. With a new name came a new brand and brand identity. Our brand make-up was articulated via INSPIRE – Innovation / Nimble / Sustainable / Passionate / Integrity / Respect / Empowerment. Our construction and development skills were clearly articulated, and our purpose was set in stone – WE INSPIRE PEOPLE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN – exactly what we had been doing for the two decades prior.Close
Having steadily built and grown the business for over 20 years, these three years saw further growth and diversification across the business units with many significant milestone projects. Our largest warehouse at the time was secured and delivered for then new client, Frasers Property, a 35,000m2 warehouse at Yatala. A successful move into the retail sector was made with a new Woolworths at Wynnum being delivered for CBIC and the $30M redevelopment of the Burpengary Plaza for Chin Hong. Expansion into the bulky goods space took place with De Luca delivering 3 major projects for Primewest at Northlakes along with the Skygate Centre for Brisbane Airport Corporation. Our Bunnings relationship continued to grow with the delivery of the $30M Bunnings warehouse at Keperra and development of Bunnings stores in Kingaroy and
Lawnton. All of this combined with our largest residential project to date, the
$50M East Park Bulimba development topped off three busy years for the group.
After 25 years of continued growth and development, it was time to stop, reflect and celebrate. An intimate celebration was held riverside at Howard Smith Wharves with family, staff and stakeholders. Stakeholders who have spanned decades joined in the celebrations. Along with the celebrations, projects continued to be delivered for key Clients like Hitachi, Fife Captial , Frasers, Goodman, Amazon, 7-Eleven, Caltex, United, Starbucks, Bridgestone and of course Bunnings.Close
The De Luca today has the same DNA as the De Luca of 1994. With Founder and Managing Director Nic De Luca still at the helm, the company is entering the next decade with a strong balance sheet, an amazing team, enduring relationships and most importantly, enthusiasm and passion. To Nic the last 25 years have been his apprenticeship and the next 25 years present endless opportunity to tune his craft. As always, the company remains nimble in its approach with no specific destination, because for De Luca, success is a journey not a destination. The Journey continues…Close
Before we create buildings, we create focused teams.
The De Luca team brings together a vibrant network of development, construction and property management experience.
Senior Leaders Team
Success is not only measured by what we build, but how we actively engage with the broader community.
We support people, the community and local businesses
Contribution has always formed part of the De Luca ethos, with the family and business always there to support individuals and organisations where possible.
Over the last 15 years the company’s main charity of choice has been Youngcare, with its contribution spanning farther than just financial support. Over the last 15 years, the De Luca family has supported Youngcare by hosting many events and participating in many of Youngcare’s key fundraisers, the largest being the Simpson Desert Trek which has raised millions of dollars for Youngcare. Nic’s personal contribution to the organisation has also extended to a Directorship role on the board for the last 7 years, also holding the position of Chairman for four of those years.
Our Charities of choice – De Luca Charitable Foundation & Youngcare
To Nic and the rest of the De Luca family, contribution is, and will remain its most important legacy. In 2020, the family formed the De Luca Charitable Foundation (DCF) to ensure its mission is achieved. The main aim of the foundation is to create a sustainable recurring income stream, via property development and investment, with the full proceeds to be reinvested into the not-for-profit sector and help those who need support.
DCF operates as a charity with the De Luca family funding its first project, a residential apartment, housing and villa development at Noosa, which will be home to 13 young people with high care needs. This project will be the inaugural project for the foundation from which many more will grow.
The foundation is Chaired by Nic De Luca and is governed by a formal board of directors. For further information on the foundation and where you can go to help to assist in its mission, please ring the De Luca office on 07 3369 1000.
Health & safetly, quality and the environment are our priority.
We understand our Health & Safety goals and commit to achieving them by consistently communicating and sharing information that reinforces safe behaviours, identifies hazards, prevents accidents, and promotes safety.
Our projects are successful because we practice collaboration with all employees, internal/external stakeholders and sub-contractors across our workplace and projects to achieve workplace safety.
Our INSPIRE values and company promise are weaved into everything we do at De Luca and we drive quality by creating value, certainty, collaboration, and an uncomplicated service.
Our investment in a sustainable future for Australia is embedded into all our service offerings so that we create ongoing value for people, places, and the natural environment.
Our Environmental Management system complies with AS/NZS ISO 14001 and we have extensive experience of Green Star requirements having been through the certification process for several of our builds.
Our philosophy includes integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction, and operations. We are keen advocates of providing the best advice on how to achieve the best environmental outcomes within your parameters. Where possible, we use the knowledge and advice of our contractors, who are experts in their fields, to guide the decision-making process for all environmental circumstances that may arise.
The following are a list of certifications we have in place;
- ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems
- AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems
- ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems
- ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems