19 April 2018
The completed restoration works by M/Group of the original S.E.C Building and former Western ...
25 May 2018
reported by Susan de Ruyter in The West Australian,
19 April 2018
The completed restoration works by M/Group of the original S.E.C Building and former Western ...
The completed restoration works by M/Group of the original S.E.C Building and former Western Power’s Energy Museum at the Fremantle Substation site in Parry Street, is another example of how M/Group has worked effectively with the City of Fremantle and State Heritage Council to support the integration of valuable heritage fabric into contemporary urban living.
The property, which sits adjacent to a boutique Match apartment development that overlooks parkland at its rear, has been released for sale under an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign; opening the door for a range of potential uses.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of M/Group, said the apartments on this site are already 35% sold, and the renewed heritage building will be on a separate green title. He said the opportunity to build a business on this site comes with inherent character and is surrounded by an established and new residential community.
“The planned apartment building, M/27 by Match, will be home to 40 boutique apartments and is due to commence construction in late 2018,” he said.
“The opportunity to take ownership of the building certainly opens the door for a ‘Bread in Common’ type food and beverage venue, although could as easily be adapted for boutique office space. The purpose of our work on this site is to, perhaps ironically, create new energy. It is a great opportunity for a potential proprietor in a great location.”
Match, which is part of M/Group, is the company behind the highly celebrated Heirloom by Match heritage renewal and is currently in the construction phase of the M/28 by Match boutique apartments in South Terrace.
The company prides itself on introducing design-focused apartment product that enhances the streetscape and activates living space in strategic locations.
The heritage works on the heritage building, undertaken by M/Group’s building division M/Construction, have included the restoration of existing brickwork, refurbishment of metal window frames and the restoration of existing large timber sliding doors.
The sale of the building is being managed by Knight Frank and more information can be obtained by contacting James Baker on 0418 912 007.
For more information on the limited number of parkside M/27 Apartments by Match, visit m27apartments.com or contact 0432 660 066.
16 December 2017
Boutique apartment company, Match, has introduced a new project that offers a parkside ...
Boutique apartment company, Match, has introduced a new project that offers a parkside location, with easy access to the energy of Fremantle.
M/27 by Match is located amidst the heritage precinct of Fremantle’s eastern corridor in Parry Street. It is a boutique apartment complex of just 40 one, two and three bedroom apartments on a site adjacent to parklands and surrounded by authentic heritage fabric.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of M/Group, the parent company of Match, said the project brings lifestyle options to the doorstep of its residents in a classic Fremantle fashion.
“The opportunity to live in M/27 by Match is unique proposition for Fremantle. It is located beside parklands, which is rare in the booming City, but will also be a hub of activity when the remaining heritage building is given a new life as a boutique eatery and meeting place,” he said.
“This is a beautiful location set amongst an intensely character-filled environment. The north-east facing apartments offer views over the large reserve, and others overlook the heritage fabric and Fremantle vista. All within a short walk to the Port City’s famous cappuccino and entertainment strip.”
The M/27 by Match apartment project was designed by the award-winning Cameron Chisholm Nicol (CCN) Architects, the architectural talent behind Match’s neighbouring and highly celebrated Heirloom by Match rejuvenation of the Dalgety Wool Stores.
The apartment design has been consciously restrained to integrate into the environment. The apartments are neatly tucked in at the rear of the property and are accessible by a private landscaped laneway.
“Match jumped at another opportunity to create boutique apartments in Fremantle. It is an incredibly special place and requires a careful balance of modern and contemporary design to enhance what already exists in the streetscapes,” Mr Clark continued.
“The unique nature of the project represents limited supply and good capital potential in an environment that is earmarked for growth. These apartments will give residents the opportunity to live centrally in a quintessentially urbane environment, but also have direct access to open space in a private, boutique environment.”
Match is part of the M/Group of companies, an organisation that specialises in the identification and development of niche development opportunities across the State, and is responsible for helping to revitalise environments such as Mount Lawley, South Fremantle and Maylands.
The City of Fremantle has earmarked the project area as a key pathway for expansion into its eastern gateway. Fremantle is currently receiving a $1.3billion injection of public and private investment.
Apartments at M/27 by Match are priced from $390,000 for one-bedroom and from $490,000 for two-bedroom apartments and from $850,000 for 3 bedroom parkside apartments. Construction is being undertaken by M/Group’s building company, M/Construction, and is anticipated for completion late 2019.
For more information visit m27apartments.com or contact 0432 660 066.
9 December 2017
The boutique introduction of 16 exclusive beachside terrace homes is filling a gap for people ...
The boutique introduction of 16 exclusive beachside terrace homes is filling a gap for people looking to acquire full ownership of striking low-maintenance architecture within metres of the beach.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match is located just 4km from Fremantle within Landcorp’s Shoreline coastal masterplan development at North Coogee.
The terrace homes are meticulously designed by award-winning architectural firm, Cameron Chisholm Nicol, and offer full ownership of both home and land title.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of M/Group, parent company of Match, said the terrace home designs are in keeping with Landcorp’s vision to create an environment that delivers something distinctive for the emerging coastal market.
“M/31 Terrace Homes by Match draws inspiration from the surrounding native landscape, with Tuart and Sheoak trees, sand and limestone. However, each residence offers so much more than a stunning façade and interiors,” he said.
“When you acquire an M/31 Terrace Home by Match, you actually take full ownership of the entire beachside property. You can lock up and leave, or simply enjoy a great lifestyle living on the beach, just a short drive to Fremantle. It’s an emerging community environment that is stacked with capital growth potential.”
LandCorp’s new Shoreline precinct is a secure coastal environment with extensive parkland and landscaping. The terrace homes are centrally located within the precinct, and plans are in place for a beachside plaza with shops, cafés and restaurants.
The well-appointed three-bedroom terrace homes include open plan layouts that integrate indoor and outdoor living and offer complete customisation internally. Each home comes with, a double carport, access to a common ‘mews’ area, and is architecturally designed to maximise light, space and breeze.
Construction of the properties will be subject to a streamlined process involving the engagement of Match’s sister company M/Construction. This provides the owner with a high level of quality assurance throughout the building process backed by a strong track record and body of work that includes bespoke homes.
“Match is renowned for taking cues from the environment to develop properties people want to live in. Our internal development model ensures we delivery on this promise and that each residence is of the highest quality,” Mr Clark continued.
“M/31 Terrace Homes by Match introduces beautiful living spaces in a central and highly desirable location. The potential for growth in this coastal region cannot be understated, and the limited number of homes available make the proposition even more attractive.
The first release of just five lots of these three-bedroom M/31 Terrace Homes by Match are affordably priced from $585,000. Titles are scheduled to be issued in March 2018 with construction immediately following.
More information can be found at m31terracehomes.com.au or contact an experienced Match Sales Consultant on 0432 660 066.
12 October 2017
On Saturday 14 October at 11am, Leederville’s newest architectural icon and local tribute ...
On Saturday 14 October at 11am, Leederville’s newest architectural icon and local tribute building will officially open in a ceremony led by the family and descendants of the original site owner, who built a soft drink empire and created a Western Australian legacy.
M/24 by Match in Carr Place Leederville is inspired by the site’s former occupant, Golden West Aerated Water Company, which was established around 1902 by Mr Jack James Wallis (known as J. J. Wallis) to produce soft drinks of various kinds, such as ginger beer, lemonade and kola beer.
The property is mixed-use development consisting of 39 residential apartments and four commercial units on the ground floor with a feature façade that was inspired by the building’s former use, and generated by the digital modelling of patterns formed when bubbles intersect. The dynamic patterns – known as ‘Voronoi’ tessellations – give the impression of a form bubbling out of the site.
M/Group Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the unique concept and tribute to history has attracted a great deal of attention from the community and clearly indicates a thirst for edgy product that enhances the streetscape and tells a story.
“M/24 demonstrates that investing in good architect can pay dividends in a market that responds to unique product. The success of this project is more pronounced in an environment that is too often brimming with high density, cookie-cutter designs that do very little for the streetscape or potential capital growth,” he said.
“Community feedback and kudos for the project has been overwhelming, and we are so pleased with the standard of environment we are handing over to new owners.”
Designed by Melbourne Architectural firm and company behind Perth Arena, ARM Architecture, the property is creatively structured internally with two distinct living environments; one with an active street-front outlook and one that is more relaxed overlooking a linear communal area with views towards the city skyline.
Joining the official opening festivities will be J.J. Wallis’ grandson, 85-year old Hal Wallis, who spent some time working at the factory, together with great grandchildren Peter, Barb and Julie, who performed part time jobs under their father, Robert James Wallis, who served as the Production Manager until the mid 60s.
“Match started in the industry some 16 years ago with a vision to offer something ‘different’ to enhance the urban streetscapes and really embrace the inner-city lifestyle, and we have been providing great lifestyle opportunities to the market ever since,” Mr Clark continued.
“We consider M/24 is great success that will now take its place amongst a string of unique and interesting projects the company has had the honour of being part of. We sincerely hope the community enjoys their preview of what will undoubtedly become an icon.”
M/24 incorporates plaques and artworks that pay tribute to the original site use and owner. JJ Wallis died in 1919 after building the successful Golden West Aerated Water Company, which is reported to have taken steps to move from its previous premise in Fitzgerald Street to Carr Place (formerly Leeder Street) in 1902. By 1907 the factory was in full swing.
A number of apartments are still available and priced from $420,000. For more information visit m24apartments.com.
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
Following the success of the iconic “Heirloom” heritage renewal of the Fremantle Woolstores, boutique developer, Match, has acquired the former Fremantle Electricity Substation located at Parry Street Fremantle.
The 2800 sq. m heritage site incorporates an existing heritage building, which will be refurbished and reactivated. The site will also accommodate the development of 40 designer boutique apartments in the rear of the property.
The site was acquired on the back of a Match development fund that oversubscribed prior to its closing date. It follows a series of oversubscribed funds released by Match over the last 12- months.
Match Managing Director, Mr. Lloyd Clark, said the significant investor interest in the company’s development funds and continual sales activity of boutique apartments, suggests demand for boutique product remains unaffected by the perceived oversupply of apartments in Perth.
“There is little doubt that apartment supply figures are skewed due to large-scale project proposals, many of which are backed by first-time developers looking to maximize land availability and density opportunities,” he said.
“Based on our market knowledge, many of these will struggle to achieve the required pre sales for banking finance and ultimately won’t proceed. In contrast, Match continues to meet the banking requirements with the development of truly unique boutique product that represents a limited opportunity to buyers. The Fremantle Electricity Substation is a great example of this and early indicators suggest that product such as this will continue to be in demand.”
A proposed mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments is included in the plans for the site, and many of the apartments will have a northern aspect overlooking a public reserve.
The anticipated price range for one-bedroom apartments are from $475,000, and Match is currently looking to secure a food and beverage operator for the substation building to complement the development.
“A central food and beverage operation is a great proposition for this kind of development, and is in keeping with the energy planned for this precinct by the City of Fremantle,” Mr. Clark continued.
“Both the power substation and woolstore buildings will be restored to the finest quality, and the combined impact of the two heritage properties located in close proximity, will bring a great deal of character into the gateway of Fremantle.”
The project’s scheduled launch into the market is in mid-2015, with construction late 2015.