De Luca is one of Queensland’s leading choices for major commercial, retail and industrial construction projects.
We also invest in individual developments and create places that people are proud to be part of.
Our dual perspective as both builder and developer gives us clear insight into how Australians like to live, work, relax and shop. We create spaces that offer outstanding value for our clients, and lasting worth for the communities we work in.
De Luca founder, Nic De Luca, continues to be actively involved and accessible, influencing the way the company’s vision and values are integrated into every project.
In over two decades, we have based our growth on strong principles of integrity and financial sustainability and take on multi-million dollar projects across a wide range of sectors.
We invite you to explore our company history and join us in creating a legacy of distinction.
The early years
De Luca was established as a building contractor specialising in design and construction projects in 1994 by Managing Director, Nic De Luca. With a payroll of just 5 employees, the company commenced business with Government construction projects, completing public housing units for the Queensland Housing Commission. Aside from the completion of numerous small residential developments, the Queensland Housing Commission remained as De Luca’s key client until 1998, with its’ first industrial development built in 1997.
De Luca expands into new construction markets
The Global Financial Crisis of ’98 forced the company to review its’ business offerings with the intention of expanding into the commercial and industrial construction markets. De Luca built their first industrial development complex – Metroplex, in a prime spot adjacent to the Gateway Motorway at Murrarie. It was this development opportunity that established De Luca as a quality builder and developer of industrial and commercial property.
bioMerieux (a microbiology testing and diagnostic solutions company) took the first residency in the Metroplex industrial development, followed by additional construction works for Le Tourneau, Johnson & Johnson, Linfox Armaguard, NHP Electrical, Adidas, Crop Care, MSC and Inoxcrom. These design and construct projects continued to be tailored to each client’s specific requirements, constructing everything from a high-security bomb safe shelter for Armaguard to a laboratory environment for bioMerieux.
De Luca experiences rapid growth
As De Luca expanded, so did the nature of their construction projects. The company took on many new projects, including the construction of Edgewater Apartments – a 140 residential unit apartment complex over five levels for client Avara Property Group. De Luca continued construction for the Government sector, taking on projects at over four Queensland schools as well as Energex at Geebung.
In what would be the first project of many at the Brisbane Airport, De Luca constructed the Da Vinci Business Park for Pearson Property Group, consisting of 12 office/warehouse buildings spanning a delivery time of 52 weeks. The main office – a 3-storey commercial office building, comprised a 4-Star Green Star energy rating upon completion, with energy saving features and an environmentally sound design.
Also of notable mention was the construction and development of the Interchange Industrial Estate at Narangba, a 13 lot subdivision of 24Ha of industrial land. In a joint venture with Sword Holdings and Industrial Quest, De Luca sold the land, retaining future construction rights over the development. De Luca worked hand-in-hand with tenants Bunnings, Apex Steel, Abra Aluminium and Cleanway to coordinate the construction of each lot within the subdivision. Land is still available within the Interchange Industrial Estate and leads a prime position for commercial and industrial opportunities on Brisbane’s Northside.
De Luca Development
The following years see De Luca investing heavily into the development of the Bulimba area, producing high-quality residential developments just minutes from Oxford Street. Developments in the area include Parkside Bulimba – a 45 unit residential development over three levels, Addison Quays – a 24 unit residential development overlooking the Brisbane river with adjoining marina berths, and Eastpark – 80 residential apartments and double-storey loft homes next to the leafy Johnston Park.
Construction is now underway for Eastpark in 2017, after launching sales for the first stage of the development in January 2016, selling 60 per cent of apartments throughout the year.
In the years that followed, De Luca would grow a strong relationship with Bunnings Group Limited, which has seen the construction of 19 of their stores across QLD and Northern NSW. De Luca has worked hand-in-hand with the retail giant to maintain Bunnings construction standards across all stores, including their newest retail format inside shopping centres across Brisbane.
With strong foundations built over years of hard work, and investing in relationships with some of Australia’s biggest blue chip clients, Founder and Managing Director – Nic De Luca – sought to build upon a brand grown from humble beginnings and invested in the rebranding of De Luca. Having never spent a cent on branding or marketing, the company relaunched the De Luca brand with a fresh, distinct new look to increase exposure in the marketplace.
The new branding attracted the attention of a speight of new and former clients in the years that followed, with numerous construction projects won and delivered to clients over the years – bringing us to present day. With the completion of several successful projects including Queensland’s first stand-alone Kmart at Oxenford, a 30,000m2 6-Star Green Star rated industrial warehouse at Yatala, and retail and Government projects at Wynnum, De Luca has continued to venture into new markets in the construction industry.
The company now takes on major construction projects for some of Australia’s biggest retail, industrial, commercial, educational, bulky goods and institutional companies.