Carlie Waterman / Felton
Set inside the old Exchange Hotel on the Hyde Park end of Sydney’s famous Oxford Street, Della Hyde is an exemplary example of old world charm resurgence in the Sydney bar scene. Designed by Carlie Waterman & Felton, Della Hyde has breathed new life into the long-time derelict and abandoned shell of the Exchange Hotel by applying timeless and classic interior detailing, sympathetically to the existing building form.
Building Guild was appointed to the project following a competitive, lump sum tender, presenting the best price and program to deliver the designed works. Within two weeks (of a 6 week program) of being appointed, the client and design team made the decision to largely redesign the venue which, while unexpected, was a challenge Building Guild team was up for. Naturally, our lump sum contract was changed to a construction management arrangement to allow the design to progress as we worked on strip out and critical services upgrade works.
As the design was delivered, it was workshopped with subcontractors and our site team, while we continued works at full speed, making structural changes. We created additional head height as well as fitting out the space with new electrical services, stylized masonry columns and arches plus feature flooring and custom joinery. At handover, even with the major design change, we delivered the space in 6 weeks, and to the same budget as expected at the time of the original tender by working collaboratively with our trusted subcontractor base to de-risk the project as the design developed.
Having worked on a number of bars and restaurants, Building Guild has developed an approach to hospitality projects which gives proprietors and their design team the flexibility to refine their design along the way while always being able to trust that our approach to trade pricing is transparent and has the end result of the venue in mind.