Six years ago in August, David Nicholas and James Joy took the leap and established Essence Project Management.

From day one Essence was formed with the objective of being an employee-owned business focused on providing personalised service to improve the built environment. Passionate. Authentic. Human.

From humble beginnings, the business has grown to employ more than 60 people in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. We have attracted great people to work on projects that motivate us to get up in the morning and occasionally keep us all up at night!

Essence is immensely proud of the support and encouragement we have received on our journey – from our industry colleagues, many of our competitors, our clients, our people past and present and importantly their immediate family.

Some of our highlights throughout the year include:

  • Opened an office in Brisbane
  • Appointed a Group CFO
  • Grew our team by 64%
  • Commenced a Reflect Reconciliation Plan
  • Developed ESG metrics
  • Improved gender diversity at all levels of seniority
  • Committed more than 1% of our annual revenue to social and community initiatives



the aged care model

The current NCC falls short in guiding interior design and accessibility for aged care. New design standards will address this align to the Aged Care Quality Standards, ensuring safe, welcoming environments for seniors.


Introducing our new
parental leave policy

We have recently updated our Parental Leave Policy to provide parents with additional support after welcoming a new child into their family. Our new Parental Leave Policy provides the primary carer with 12 weeks of paid leave and 26 weeks of superannuation.


Project managing
heritage buildings

Project Director Chris Callaghan was interviewed on his experience in the project management of heritage buildings and why this field is so unique. Chris has worked on numerous heritage projects, including the Locomotive Workshops in South Eveleigh, 5 Martin Place, 100 Harris Street in Pyrmont, and The Sandstones Precinct on Bridge Street. Chris is passionate about the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings, and in this interview, he tells us why.


From Sydney to Japan.
A tour of Toyosu Fish Market

Project Director Reece Tabor has spent the last five days in Japan with a team from the Sydney Fish Market and Investment NSW, touring the world’s biggest fish market in Toyosu.


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