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February 8, 2017

Completed Fremantle Heirloom on TV

With our Heirloom adaptive re-use in Fremantle now complete, we were delighted to share the project on Channel 7’s Today Tonight.

The program, broadcast on February 7, tells the story of the Heirloom’s transformation from warehouse to 183 contemporary apartments. The building was originally constructed in 1922 by Dalgety & Co as a purpose-built showroom and warehouse for wool. The oldest remaining wool store adjacent to Fremantle harbour, it is a significant landmark due to its monumental scale and prominent location. In the mid-80s the building became the Fort Knox self-storage facility. Developer Match bought the property in 2008, by which time it was largely derelict.

On Today Tonight, Project Director Dominic Snellgrove detailed our approach and described how the apartments have been created within the existing fabric of the building. Harriet Wyatt from the State Heritage Office praises the project for its sensitive retention of the original structure, and new resident Robert Motherwell describes how much he is enjoying his new home.

The challenging adaptive re-use has been a long journey over several years, and as with any large-scale project has involved a great many people. We thank developer Match for their vision and faith; the construction team at Built for an outstanding job (which was finished ahead of schedule); the many consultants and suppliers who contributed; and of course everyone in our office who has played a big or small part.

The opportunity to work on such an iconic project is rare, and we are delighted with the result.

Watch the Today Tonight TV story here.