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Hayley Bell & Nicole Detsimas

Directors, Belnic Constructions 

Nicole Destimas and Hayley Bell (co-founders of Belnic Constructions)

After switching careers, Hayley Bell and Nicole Detsimas started their own specialist commercial fitout company.

Hayley and Nicole are on a mission to build beautiful health and medical spaces. Since starting Belnic Constructions three years ago, they have designed and built dental clinics, research labs and even a veterinary hospital! 

“I love what I do,” says Hayley. “Being able to see our company thriving in an area we are passionate about is such a rewarding feeling.”

Teamwork makes the dream work

Hayley and Nicole met at QUT while they were doing a Bachelor of Urban Development degree, specialising in construction management. They knew their connection was a lasting one when they worked on some group assignments together.

“We worked really well together, so I knew we could work together in a business,” says Nicole. 

But starting their own construction company wasn’t always on the cards. Nicole worked in marketing for a few years before leaping into her degree, and Hayley switched from business psychology after discovering a construction management course at QUT.

“I jumped at the opportunity to learn more and started to work in commercial fit-out during uni,” says Hayley. “I thrive under pressure, so I knew that this was the career path for me.” 

In addition to learning how to build awesome spaces, building confidence in your abilities is key to a successful career in construction, says Nicole.

“It’s so important to take the time to reflect on your achievements and congratulate yourself,” says Nicole. “Then when you feel self-doubt, you can look back and reaffirm that you’re good at what you do.”

Hayley’s study and career path

  • Bachelor of Urban Development (Construction Management), QUT 
  • Project Coordinator, Built Queensland 
  • Project Manager, FDC Construction & Fitout 
  • Director, Belnic Constructions

Nicole’s study and career path

  • Bachelor of Urban Development (Construction Management), QUT 
  • Project Supervisor, Mainbrace Constructions 
  • Project Manager, Medicon 
  • Director, Belnic Constructions 

This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022.

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