Somersault, Fremantle

Adaptive re-use, Multi-residential

  • Project

    Adaptive re-use of the heritage wool stores as affordable multi-residential housing

  • Services

    Feasibility, full service architecture and interior design

  • Location

    Fremantle, WA

  • Client

    Match Property

  • Date


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.

In 2008 Cameron Chisholm Nicol was appointed by the Match Group to develop a concept for the adaptive re-use of the Wool Stores. The project sought to capitalise on the heritage character and unique spatial qualities of the building.

Stage 1 of the project incorporates 58 dwellings for the Department of Housing and Works as a part of its mandate to build better communities and allow all Western Australians to have a place to call home. A portion of the properties are for sale under the project name of Somersault by Match. A key objective for both stakeholders was to develop affordable housing of the highest quality within a tight budgetary framework.

The project represents a benchmark in Universal Design Principles, developed in accordance with the needs of occupants of all ages and abilities and designed in accordance with Universal Design Principles and Adaptable Housing Standards to AS 4299-1995. Services to the development incorporate contemporary technology and future provisions. These include infra-red lighting sensors in common areas, intercom systems in all units, a monitored fire detection system and secured stretcher compliant lifts to each block.