At Celmec, we operate behind the scenes to deliver exceptional climate control solutions across Australians’ favourite locations. From world-class venues like VRC’s Club Stand to popular inner-city restaurants and bars, we are committed to ensuring people can enjoy these spaces in warmth and comfort at all times of the year. For our latest project at the iconic Farmers Daughters in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, we set new standards of comfort.
Located on Collins Street, Farmer’s Daughters comprises a restaurant, deli and rooftop bar spread across three levels. With an exceptional offering of provenance-based cuisine made from produce sourced directly from Gippsland farms, their seasonal menu gives city-goers a taste of Victoria’s regions. As a result, Farmers Daughters has become a highly sought-after destination among locals and tourists alike.
Patrons can also enjoy locally sourced craft beer, wines and spirits, and an inspired cocktail menu at the rooftop lounge, which features an open roof, bronze steel beams swathed in live greenery and stunning views of Melbourne’s skyline. As the bar is exposed to the elements and susceptible to Melbourne’s variable weather conditions, Celmec was called upon for our expertise. We installed the Infrared Electric Heaters (IRH-E) from our Heatray range and suspended them from the overhead steel beams via custom dropper supports, allowing patrons to enjoy their drinks and the view in total comfort.
The IRH-Es proved to be the perfect solution for the rooftop lounge. With highly efficient lamp and reflector technology, they deliver maximum, high-intensity warmth without the need for a ‘warm-up’ period. And with an IP65 waterproof rating, rain shield, and highly durable, non-corrosive construction, they are built to withstand the elements.
The heaters also come with a handy remote-control function, which includes six heat output settings along with sensor and group ‘zone’ control options. This allows the staff at Farmer’s Daughters to discreetly adjust the IRH-Es when necessary to provide targeted heating and meet customers’ needs.
“The open roof leaves the bar susceptible to Melbourne’s cold, windy weather, and the IRH-Es were selected due to the instant, high-intensity radiant heat they deliver. They are powerful but energy efficient, which is exactly what you need on a cold or wintry day,” says Keith Short, Celmec’s project manager at Farmer’s Daughters. “Equally, the staff needed the flexibility to adjust the heat output to suit milder, less breezy occasions, which is why the six heat output settings, zone control options and remote-control functionality of our IRH-Es were also important.”
Beyond their technical capabilities, our IRH-Es were chosen to complement the physical surroundings. The rooftop lounge is a luxurious and sophisticated venue; therefore, it was important to install aesthetically refined equipment that would seamlessly integrate with the bronze steel beams and complement the bar’s elegant look. The IRH-Es are slimline and compact, with a refined frost matte finish and highly resolved grille and cover plate details. Utilising the latest infrared lamp technology, they emit a pleasing, warm orange tone, offering minimal glare and a noticeable reduction in brightness without compromising on performance or efficiency. And although they come with standard ceiling and wall mounting options, we chose to suspend them from above to ensure they did not detract from the openness of the space or interfere with the live foliage.
Thanks to our highly customised approach, along with the cutting-edge technology and discerning aesthetics of our products, Celmec delivered a superior heating solution for patrons at the Farmer’s Daughters rooftop bar.