Heirloom, Fremantle

Adaptive re-use, Multi-residential

  • Description

    Adaptive re-use of heritage woolstores into 183 apartments

  • Services

    Feasibility, full service architecture and interior design

  • Location

    Fremantle, WA

  • Client


  • Status

    completed 2016

The historic Dalgety Wool Stores is situated adjacent to Fremantle Port and fronts both Queen Victoria and Beach Streets. The building is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places and occupies a site area of 9,660m².

Cameron Chisholm Nicol was appointed by Match to develop a concept for the adaptive re-use of the iconic wool stores, capitalising on its unique character and spatial qualities. The 4-storey structure, with its saw-tooth roof,  jarrah beams, exposed brick walls, expansive windows and 3.6m high ceilings, has now been transformed into the Heirloom apartments.

Heirloom consists of 183 one- and two- bedroom warehouse-style dwellings. Most of the building’s original structure is retained, with the massive floor beams and timber supports becoming a primary feature. Two parallel atrium running the length of the building provide fresh air and daylight to the interior apartments.

Inside the apartments, high level windows allow light to penetrate all spaces. Sleek kitchens and bathrooms incorporate high-quality finishes, with the juxtaposition of old and new giving Heirloom a rich aesthetic that acknowledges both past and present.

Heirloom is a sophisticated development which responds sensitively to the heritage of the original structure whilst meeting the client’s vision for design-conscious, contemporary living spaces. A significant landmark, the beautifully restored facades now form an impressive entry statement for the City of Fremantle.