Woolstores in heritage win

At last night’s WA state heritage awards, Fremantle developments featured heavily in the shortlisted adaptive reuse projects from the MSC restoration to the commended Hillcrest in North Fremantle.

But there could only be one winner and well done to the Match and Sirona team on Heirloom Woolstores

Here is how The West reported it:

Woolstores in heritage win by Saturday, 27 May 2017


Three apartment blocks have been created within Fremantle’s woolstores.
Three apartment blocks have been created within Fremantle’s woolstores.

WA’s biggest residential redevelopment — the $70 million refurbishment of Fremantle’s derelict Dalgety woolstores — has been acclaimed as one of the State’s top heritage projects.

It won two categories in last night’s annual Heritage Council awards, less than a decade after there were calls for the 94-year-old building to be demolished.

Within the building’s brick shell, three apartment blocks have been created with 183 new units — some selling for as much as $1.4 million.

Award judges said the project heralded a new era for Fremantle.

They said the transformation was “testament to the dedication and financial commitment of its owners; extensive planning and collaboration with local, State and heritage authorities; flexibility and the use of innovative solutions”.

“The adaptive reuse … was a massive undertaking that required its owners to reach above and beyond to find innovative solutions to conserve and enhance original heritage fabric while satisfying building, safety and utility requirements, as well as customer expectations,” they said.

The woolstores were built between Queen Victoria and Beach streets in 1923 for £75,000. A floor was added in 1944.

From this floor, giant hoists (or “wool elevators”) were specially made to lift 160-240kg bales of wool from the basement.

As part of the restoration project, much of the original exposed brickwork, century-old jarrah beams and warehouse-style framed windows have been kept.

In fact, there has been minimal intervention to the structure of the four-storey building.

The wool stores project won the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett award for excellence in conservation and the adaptive reuse award.

Gallop House in Dalkeith and North Fremantle’s Hillcrest also received adaptive reuse commendations.

Other winners announced last night include Friends of Australian Rock Art, Engineering Heritage WA, the Shire of Murray, the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre in Geraldton and the Busselton Jetty Experience.

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