30 May 2017
Boutique apartment company, Match, stole the show at the 2017 Western Australian Heritage ...
20 June 2017
Boutique property company, Match, has recorded around $13million in off-the-plan apartment sales
Boutique property company, Match, has recorded around $13million in off-the-plan apartment sales from a single Fremantle-based apartment complex, M/28, which sold out after only six months on the market.
M/28 is a mixed-use complex comprising of just 20 boutique apartments on the popular South Terrace coffee strip. The building is deliberately designed to present as understated with naturally inspired materials and palette, which take inspiration from the Fremantle culture and nearby heritage-listed Seaview Hotel.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company, M/Group, said he is not surprised by the overwhelming interest in the apartments and believes Match’s approach of designing product to a specific market has the potential to cut through all market conditions.
“Demand is established when you introduce product that is so unique to the area and attuned with the market, that it becomes highly sought after,” he said.
“This is certainly the case with M/28. It was the right design in a tightly held location, and represents timeless value for both owner-occupiers and investors alike. It also reflects the same design approach we have taken on other properties in Fremantle and throughout Perth with similar results.”
Match is behind Fremantle’s highly acclaimed Heirloom apartments, the heritage rejuvenation of the Dalgety wool stores that retained over 85% of the buildings heritage fabric. Heirloom was completed late last year with Match having sold over 80% of apartments.
The company’s most recent inspiration is Tempo in South Beach Estate, which is designed to complement the natural ocean and park-side location, but offers an explosion of colour internally to reflect the eclectic Fremantle culture. The property was designed for people wanting a statement residence in a key location.
“Introducing quality and considered designs to urban streetscapes has always been central to our work. We have never been in the business of creating cookie-cutter environments, which is not merely a creative decision but a strategic one,” Mr Clark continued.
“Not all apartment developments are the same. In the case of M/28 we secured the right location and engaged the right architects to deliver a product that we believed would have the most appeal. It is a formula that pays off time and again, and withstands all kinds of market conditions.”
M/28’s exterior façade incorporates timber screens and a neutral palate, which is reflected in the lobby with feature timber ceilings and concrete-look finishes.
The building design was led by Match in collaboration with respected architects David Barr Architects and Cameron Chisholm Nicol (CCN), and was meticulously designed to achieve a comparable 4-star Green Star rating; an aspect sighted as extremely important to people living in the area.
Construction on M/28 is scheduled to commence in mid-2017 with completion in late 2018.
For more information on any of Match’s apartment projects visit www.itsamatch.com.au or contact 0432 660 066.
30 May 2017
Boutique apartment company, Match, stole the show at the 2017 Western Australian Heritage ...
Boutique apartment company, Match, stole the show at the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards for its work in transforming Fremantle’s iconic Dalgety Wool Stores into unique residential industrial warehouse apartments.
The $130 million heritage restoration project took home awards including the ‘Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place’, and the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award; recognising an outstanding achievement of adaptive reuse in Western Australia.
The project, which was developed in collaboration with Capital Joint Venture Partner, Sirona Capital, is one of the largest heritage renewals in the State, and award judges acknowledged it as a “…massive undertaking that required Match to reach above and beyond to find innovative solutions to conserve and enhance original heritage fabric whilst satisfying building, safety and utility requirements as well as customer expectation.”
The site had sat largely unused for 20 years and the judges said the project is “a testament to the dedication and financial commitment of its owners.”
Managing Director of parent company M/Group, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the awards are a great honour and ‘icing on the cake’ for residents who are now experiencing how it feels to live in the depths of history.
“Drawing on our experience with heritage renewals, we knew from the outset that this project would present challenges, however we also saw it as an extremely important opportunity.
“Match is in the business of developing signature properties. It is our firm belief that people want more from their homes, and today new apartment owners are creating their own space amidst 100 year old Jarrah beams and original heritage features,” he said.
“To be honoured so significantly at the Western Australian Heritage Awards is a credit to the tireless work of the entire project team, who left no stone unturned to make this building as special as it now is. It is an extremely proud moment for M/Group.”
Heirloom by Match was designed by Dominic Snellgrove of Cameron Chisholm Nicol and constructed by national top tier construction company, Built.
The development team worked in collaboration with the City of Fremantle, State Government and heritage authorities to achieve a positive outcome.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Fremantle Council is a big supporter of adapting heritage buildings for modern uses.
“It’s hard to imagine a better result than what we now see at Heirloom. After being tired and run down for decades, the east end of Fremantle has become a very attractive place to live and work. The Heirloom development has been a major driver in this ongoing transformation,” he said.
“Congratulations to Match and the development team for their passion and commitment to ensuring our heritage buildings are retained for future generations of people to enjoy.”
Heirloom by Match has retained over 85% of heritage fabric across 183 apartments. It has exposed the buildings infamous saw tooth roof to allow natural light and airflow through a spacious central atrium.
“Heirloom is unquestionably Match’s most significant development project in the company’s 16 year history. Its location close to Fremantle’s café strip and between the river and the beach is ideal, and it has helped to activate the City of Fremantle’s plans to extend Fremantle’s activity centre into its eastern corridor gateway,” Mr Clark continued.
“The renewal process was sensitive in nature and proved extremely complex. However, the recognition and accolades we have received are both humbling and extremely rewarding.”
Match had previously received the coveted Gerry Gauntlett Award in 2008 for its highly acclaimed Home warehouse apartments located in Perth CBD. The company is also responsible for the heritage-listed Maymont in Maylands, which effectively injected new life into the area, as well as a range of cutting-edge design-inspired apartment properties throughout Perth.
Heirloom by Match has available ‘move in ready’ apartments from $450,000 and two-bedroom apartments from $650,000, with a limited number of harbour facing Lofts available from $950,000.
A small number of residential leasing opportunities also exist to approved applicants.
The Heirloom display apartments are open by appointment. For more information visit www.heirloombymatch.com.au or contact 0432 660 066
2 March 2017
Construction has commenced on the highly anticipated 50-apartment marina-side complex designed ...
Construction has commenced on the highly anticipated 50-apartment marina-side complex designed by one of Western Australia’s most reputed Architects in collaboration with the cutting- edge style of boutique property company, Match.
Form is the creation of Geoff Warn of Donaldson & Warn, who is renowned for ‘looking outside the square’ and creating designs that really stand out.
It is located just 50metres from Port Coogee marina and waterfront, and comprises both single and double level, one, two and three bedroom apartments set within a striking façade that makes the most of the surrounds.
Match Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the property is already over 70% sold out and believes that anyone who appreciate innovations within the context of a floor plan have found it hard to go back to a conventional boxed-in apartment.
“True to its name, Form makes a statement through creative use of space, light and features. It moves away from the traditional single level apartment to introduce diversity into the environment,” he says.
“The exterior is striking, which speaks directly to the local community and a demand for signature residences. Inside, however, restraint is shown with clean, white and timeless interiors. This is intentionally designed to create a blank canvas for buyers to individualise with furniture and artwork.
Geoff Warn has worked with Match on two previous developments; the highly acclaimed ‘Summer’ and ‘Tempo’ in South Beach. He says Form is blessed with excellent amenity, including a public landscaped space directly opposite and the beach very close, which was used as inspiration to realise the most architectural and lifestyle benefits available.
“Form employs a block formation in response to the site’s geometry and orientation. We have strived to maximise the views and benefits of orientation, and the “blocks” make for a strong clear form that is further distinguished by material differences to give the total development a definite sense of scale,” he said.
“The block arrangement also results in two main entries, and several benefits emanate from a single design strategy.”
Most apartments are north facing with many offer sweeping ocean views. As with all Match developments, each apartment incorporates signature large balconies and high ceilings – features that have become synonymous with the company and its designs.
“Geoff Warn and Match share a common design philosophy and extended design vision that ultimately looks to enhance the streetscapes, particularly in popular beachside suburbs. However, Form is ultimately about the end user and nothing has been spared to create an environment for individuals to put their stamp on and make it their own,” Mr Clark continues.
“Not everyone can picture a completed project from plans, so the construction phase is a great time for us to showcase our vision. We anticipate Form will attract increased community attention once it starts taking shape and people realise how unique it really is. It is truly a rare piece of work”
All apartments feature Bosch appliances and Rogerseller tap ware. Prices start from $375,000 for one-bedroom apartments, and $575,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
Completion of construction is scheduled for early 2018.
For more information visit www.formbymatch.com.au or contact Chris Balmont on 0432 066 066.
7 December 2016
Fremantle has a new Heirloom, following the completion of a monumental heritage rejuvenation ...
Fremantle has a new Heirloom, following the completion of a monumental heritage rejuvenation project that was undertaken by boutique property company Match, together with joint-venture capital partner Sirona Capital, to transform the iconic and heritage significant Dalgety Wool Stores along Queen Victoria Street into Western Australia’s largest residential heritage renewal of its kind.
The opportunity to develop the 94-year old, three-storey structure into New York-style industrial warehouse apartments was identified by Match in 2007, following a string of successful and celebrated heritage renewal projects introduced by the company, including Home in Perth, Maymont in Maylands and The Clocktower in Inglewood.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said the “Heirloom” project was incredibly challenging but was just too important to Perth not to pursue.
“Match entered the Perth market in a period where apartment living was only starting to be recognised as a genuine lifestyle choice and people were only beginning to seek out signature residences as opposed to large-scale ‘cookie-cutter’ environments,” he said.
“The company’s propensity to take brave steps in development worked hand in hand with its mission to save Perth streetscapes from excessive repetitive structures. We grew a fascination for identifying and salvaging what we considered to be some of the City’s most treasured heritage buildings. We knew the risks involved in tackling these projects, but saw it as an opportunity and didn’t want to see amazing architecture be left derelict and eventually deteriorate, as is often the case. The Dalgety Wool Stores definitely fell into this category and its completion is without question our biggest achievement in the company’s 15 years history.”
The heritage listed Dalgety Wool Stores was originally designed in 1922 and constructed in 1923. The building received a single storey extension along Beach Street in 1942, with a three-storey structure and extension to raise the entire floor level in 1944. This included the infamous saw tooth roof structure, which has been restored in the heritage renewal process. The building was subject to some additional works leading up to the completion of the main structure and sunroof in 1950-52.
To support Match’s $68million refurbishment, Sirona Capital was invited to join the endeavor as joint-venture capital partner in 2014 and the project emerged as a key development in the City of Fremantle’s $1billion investment plan that would open activity onto Beach Street and extend the City’s life-centre along its gateway.
Sirona Capital’s managing director Matthew McNeilly said the partnership with Match had delivered an outstanding residential development that was both unique to Fremantle and in keeping with the city’s character and history.
The Heirloom renewal retains much of the building’s original historic features, such as the century-old jarrah beams, brickwork and the infamous saw tooth roof structure. An original wool press has been restored and is displayed as an instalment, and homage is payed to the building’s importance to the wool trade in murals and artworks throughout.
The new apartments vary in size and configuration with a starting price of $495,000. The residential complex is already 80% sold out with sales expected to escalate now that people can see the end product.
“Heritage fabric is invaluable and sales have reflected the fact that these apartments cannot be replicated. This translates into specialised boutique product that can often withstand varying market conditions because demand is isolated,” Mr Clark said.
“Heirloom has been a mammoth undertaking and we consider it a highly successful restoration of a magnificent building that frankly deserves a new life.”
The Heirloom renewal is designed by project Architect, Dominic Snellgrove from Cameron Chisholm Nicol, who is a recognised Australian leader in integrated architectural and recipient of Australia’s most prestigious architectural award, the AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture. It was constructed by top tier-tier construction company, Built, which has worked on some of the country’s most high profile heritage projects, including the Old Treasury Buildings (WA), QT Sydney (NSW), Queen Victoria Building refurbishment (NSW), Art Gallery of NSW (NSW), and the Melbourne GPO and H&M flagship store (Vic).
Heirloom will be officially opened in the coming weeks with residents expected to move in in early January 2017.
10 August 2016
Since Mindarie was established some 30 years ago, there has been an emergence of extremely ...
Since Mindarie was established some 30 years ago, there has been an emergence of extremely large family homes and a tight-knit community that relishes the lifestyle location along Perth’s coastline. What is lacking, however, is the availability of suitably high-standard apartment dwellings for empty nesters now looking to cash in on their investment and stay in the area.
A 4,000sq.m development site, backing onto the Mindarie Marina, aims to fill this deficit with just 50 exclusive oceanfront apartments a few steps away from the marina amenities.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of M/Group, parent company of boutique apartment developer Match, said it is very clear who the apartment owners are likely to be and the design is being driven specifically towards lifestyle-loving owner-occupiers.
“There are many developers in the market who are building investment-grade product or hedging their bets on trying to be all things to all people. This project is very different,” he said.
“Mindarie is an established and affluent area, and the need for a mansion-like home may simply no longer be a priority to some residents. Every detail of these apartments will be crafted to cater to the most discerning buyer, so owners will not need to compromise on their environment.”
Although still in the design phase, the apartment brief includes spacious rooms, generous storage, large sheltered and private balcony decks, high ceilings, high-end luxury finishes, top security, and an abundance of amenity and residential facilities.
“The site is surrounded by large family homes worth in excess of $1.5million. Some of the adjoining beachfront homes are valued at over $5million, and many of the early buyers are on the latter stages of the family lifecycle and may be looking to downsize without leaving the area,” Mr Clark continued.
“There is nothing that offers the same lifestyle appeal as this location and our proposed apartment product. Our apartments will provide a great opportunity for downsizers to remain in the area in a luxury environment.”
Early development plans for the Mindarie Apartments include a mix of two and three bedroom dwellings with prices ranging from $650,000. They are scheduled for market release later this year with completion in 2018
Expressions of interest can be made by contacting Chris Balmont on 0432 660 066 or email email@example.com.
7 August 2016
Another famous Fremantle heritage property is to be reborn with the release of 40 boutique ...
Another famous Fremantle heritage property is to be reborn with the release of 40 boutique apartments surrounding the original Fremantle Power Station building at the former Fremantle electricity substation in Parry Street.
M/27 is a concept development by boutique property company Match, that includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments located at the rear of a large 2,800sq.m historic site.
The apartments are strategically positioned to create an intimate setting for residents, and designed as a complementary backdrop to the renewed heritage centerpiece, which will be transformed into a trendy ‘Bread & Common’ style food and beverage venue, and accessible from the apartments via a private cobble landscaped laneway.
Managing Director M/Group, Match’s parent company, Mr Lloyd Clark, believes the development screams lifestyle and investment.
“This is a beautiful location set amongst an intensely character-filled environment. It includes north facing apartments with views over a large reserve, and others overlooking the heritage fabric and Fremantle vista,” he said.
“The Fremantle electricity substation is one of the City’s most significant heritage properties and it is made even more attractive to residents with the prospect of a popular food and beverage venue at their doorstep. This concept development will introduce a touch of Melbourne urbane to a heritage inspired setting and is likely to appeal to owner-occupiers and investors alike.”
The boutique, heritage and unique nature of the M/27 apartments represent a limited supply and good capital growth potential, in contrast to large-scale ‘cookie-cutter’ apartment projects. It was designed by the award winning Cameron Chisholm Nichol (CCN) Architects, who are also behind Match’s neighbouring Heirloom development of the Dalgety Woolstores.
“The City of Fremantle has earmarked this area as a key pathway for expanding the City’s character and energy into its eastern gateway. It will create an living environment unlike any other in the area and emerge as an important part of the central Fremantle hub,” Mr Clark continued.
M/27 is priced from $450,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $550,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
For more information contact visit www.itsamatch.com.au or contact Chris on 0432 660 066.
2 August 2016
Boutique property developer, Match, has received development approval for a 22 apartment mixed ...
Boutique property developer, Match, has received development approval for a 22 apartment mixed use complex located on the former Volvo Pentra site at 284 South Terrace, Fremantle.
The site falls within the development zone of a recently approved street upgrade and revitalisation of South Terrace by the City of Fremantle, which incorporates additional trees, landscaping and upgrade to footpaths between South Street and Douro Road.
Managing Director of M/Group, parent company of Match, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the development site is well placed in the City and compares favourably to a long list of strategic sites the company has acquired and developed over its 15-year history.
“Identifying and securing strategic locations for development has been key to Match’s success since the company cut out teeth on the inner city Perth market over a decade ago,” he said.
“In isolation, the South Terrace site was identified as a great location and excellent opportunity for a mixed use facility. However, as the City of Fremantle’s street upgrades directly impact the project and its exterior, this adds weight to the investment proposition. We consider it to be an enormous opportunity to leverage from expanding interests in Fremantle.”
The project, named M/28, was subject to an oversubscribed development fund; one of many oversubscribed funds released by M/Group over the last a few years.
The 1,617 sq.m site was purchased for just over $3million and follows a string of successful Fremantle development projects for the company, including the high profile heritage renewal of the old Dalgety Woolstores, Heirloom, which is currently under construction with 80% of apartments pre-sold.
“We are working on a number of Fremantle projects at the moment, as the market responds well to our approach to design,” Mr Lloyd continues.
“This particular development is located in an established part of the City and it is therefore important to respect the existing culture of the area and introduce a design that contributes to the activity of the high street and the lifestyle of the residents. We believe we have achieved this in our design.”
M/28 is scheduled for market release in October 2016 and will be constructed by M/Group building firm, M/Construction.
Architectural restraint by boutique developer, Match, has been key in securing a 4007sq.m apartment development site in Cowle Street, West Perth, following the early closing of its latest development fund.
The site is located in a charming heritage precinct between Fitzgerald and Charles Street and, rather than maximise the space with a single apartment project, the company has opted to develop two distinctly different, yet complementary apartment developments housing just 35 apartments each.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match, said the development outcome was extremely site driven, and a large-scale homogenous project would not have been appropriate to the environment or that of market demand.
“Our direction to break up the site and introduce two architectural styles that might appeal to the tastes of different apartment buyers was carefully considered in light of current market conditions,” Mr Clark said.
“The boutique nature of each property presents a more secure capital position for buyers, and we have integrated existing heritage properties into the development rather than lose their resonant character through demolition. Both heritage houses will be restored to become terrace homes as part of the overall development.”
In contrast to reports of an oversupply in the apartment market, Match continues to experience strong buyer interest for boutique product of 30-40 apartments. Investor interest has also been strong with several previous development funds being substantially oversubscribed.
“The market is correct in being wary of large-scale development projects, many of which are backed by first-time developers,” Mr Clark said.
“The value proposition that we represent is in small-scale, strategically located developments that are likely to hold their value through their boutique qualities and continue to attract strong buyer interest.”
The Cowle Street properties are located at the entry of the Freeway, with easy access to Leederville and transport options. The apartments will have views of the Perth city skyline or green reserve.
Match is scheduled to launch the properties later this year.