Building and Project Management

Grand Duk

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Grand Duk is a contemporary restaurant housed in the ground level forecourt of the iconic Grosvenor Place office building which was designed by Harry Seidler. The 125m² space features a mixture of high and low dining options, communal tables and leather booths as well as an eleven meter long bar constructed from hand scrapped black timber and aged brass.

Working in close consultation with Harry Seidler & Associates, the final design for Grand Duk is understated with open booths and banquettes and a spine-like wine display and a muted palette of brass, green leather and green onyx.

Grand Duk is the newest partner of the Naked Duck, a restaurant that has found great success on Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Designed by Humphrey + Edwards
Images by Ben Guthrie


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Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro at Barangaroo Sydney is a contemporary homage to history and old-world elegance, capitalising on the unique natural light of the harbour to enhance the elegant interior. With seating for over 200 people, the large waterfront restaurant features antique columns, terracotta tiles and hanging indoor plants creating a Victorian conservatory feel.

Designed by Luchetti Krelle
Images via Broadsheet Sydney

Plumpton Hotel

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Calida Projects were engaged by the Laundy Hotel group for the construction and refurbishment of the Plumpton Hotel.
The works consisted of demolishing the existing bistro, amenities, back of house and external beer garden at the front and redeveloping and joining the new build with the current building.

The designers, Bergstrom Architects, liaised with the client and wanted to open up the space and create a modern bar and bistro. The left wing of the hotel was completely re-developed from ground up including the structure, facade and internal.

The front beer garden had foundation footings excavated and were poured with a new concrete slab. A galvanised structural steel portal frame was erected for the structure of the hotel and the envelope of the building encased with masonry, glazed windows, exotec timber cladding and metal roofing.

Internally the space was eloquently divided into a number of area’s including a new covered outdoor terrace, bar, bistro, lounge, function room, amenities and kids play area.

Features of the hotel include a beautiful 360 degree fire place in the centre of the outdoor terrace, Newport rock cladding around the fire place and western walls, exposed black trusses in the function room and feature metal ceiling panels and bespoke joinery.

All services where upgraded and first-rate applications added including Cbus lighting & electrical, mechanical climate control, gas service for fire place and high end gas heaters, audio visual and kitchen services.

The project commenced in August 2015, with the construction taking 4 months to December 2015.

The Monkeys

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The Monkeys head office was relocated in May 2015, designed by Akin Creative it displays custom made timber workstations for all its employees as well as a large display of greenery throughout. The office has a “laid back” and “chilled” theme to it making all employees feel extra comfortable.
The two-level 1200m2 office fit out uses its high ceilings, exposed concrete floor finish, exposed structural steel rafters and calm theme to its advantage. Calida was engaged as the builder, but successfully project managed the base build works which included renovations to the existing building, as well as construction of the new amenities blocks.

West Village

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Calida was engaged to refurbish the existing White Cockatoo Hotel, located in Petersham. The refurbishment included a complete internal knock down of all existing walls, ceilings whilst retaining the envelope of the building. A complete upgrade to the Main Bar, Gaming Room and new additions such as “The Winter Garden” and outdoor “Greenhouse”. A facelift to the kitchen, bathrooms and façade of the building gave the newly named “West Village” a much needed upgrade. Calida worked extensively with architects Alexander & Co. to ensure a high quality project was delivered on time.
Photography by Jovan Matlioski


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Located in Sydney’s iconic Pitt Street Mall, the Microsoft store is the first in Australia, and the first flagship retail store outside of New York. Featuring a two-storey, glass-fronted facade, timber floors throughout, illuminated ceiling and a glass-treaded staircase.
Designed by Gensler.
Calida was awarded a Master Builders Excellence in Construction award for Microsoft Sydney in 2016.


Bowden St

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Calida were engaged to undertake the redevelopment of 13 Bowden St, Alexandria, including the conversion of a dilapidated Slazenger/Dunlop warehouse into modern, “industrial-look” office space. The project boasts a new polished concrete floor over the 3500m2 floor space and a new Kingspan roof which celebrates the existing sawtooth roof and steel trusses. The fabric duct mechanical system, 3 separate amenities blocks, and internal steel-door car park adorn the 3 separate, spacious tenancies. With new zinc cladding and steel blade signage on the street façade, the driveway sports new wall artwork, asphalt driveway, paved walkway and landscaping features. This highly successful project was completed for repeat client W Property over a 10 month programme from late 2015 to mid 2016.

Designed by Humphrey + Edwards
Photography by Florian Groehn

Camilla & Marc

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Camilla & Marc‘s first Melbourne CBD store has a arrived.
The 140 square-metre space, designed by Akin Creative and built by Calida features detailed French panelling, Calacatta Manhattan marble and parquetry flooring reminiscent of classic French architecture.
Visit the Camilla And Marc store at Emporium Melbourne Level 2, Shop 2024, 287 Londsdale St, Melbourne

Laing & Simmons

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Calida was engaged to undertake the fit out of the brand new Laing + Simmons Real Estate office in Carss Park. The contemporary fitout designed by Telly Theodore is very progressive featuring large steel framed meeting room doors, Edison lighting throughout & an in-floor tree. The project was a great success as our client was extremely impressed with the finish and functionality.

Photography by Tom Ferguson

Gerrale St Kitchen

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Feros Group & Humphrey + Edwards collaborated their hospitality and design knowledge to create Gerrale St Kitchen & Takeaway.

Calida were engaged to complete the fit out of Commercial Tenancy 1 & 2, 19 -21 Gerrale St Cronulla. The commercial tenancy was the largest space offered below the award winning Breeze Apartments by Sammuts Developments.

A fresh, spacious, open plan design was created and constructed successfully to programme, whilst maintaining the highest level of detail. This marks another empowering project delivered for the Calida/Humphrey + Edwards relationship.
Photography by Jovan Matlioski.

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