Unmatched

IT’S been a long time coming, but Match’s $68-million transformation of the heritage-listed Dalgety’s wool stores along Queen Victoria Street into very stylish new apartments is complete.

Match took media for a sneak peak through the Heirloom project this week, showing a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom warehouse and loft-style apartments.

Conspicuous throughout the apartments are the glorious 100-year-old jarrah beams and original brickwork, while other nods to the building’s fleecy heritage include a restored wool press and murals throughout.

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Managing director of Match’s parent group M/Group, Lloyd Clark acknowledged the tough road getting the project up, saying the company bought the property in 2007.

“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,” Mr Clark said.

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“We knew the risks involved in tackling these projects, but saw it as an oportunity 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-year history.”

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The wool stores were built in 1923, with a couple of extensions along the way, which saw the addition of the building’s unusual saw-tooth roofline, which has been restored.

The complex is now 80 per cent sold, with single apartments starting from $495,000.

Tenants are expected to move in early January.

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