In our latest construction update you can see a time-lapse from commencement to March 2019. This shows the fast speed of construction for this type of build in just over 6 months.
A Suburban Landmark in Mount LawleyRead more
A Quintessential Apartment Project in the Heart of Perth
As one of Perth’s most iconic neighbourhoods, Mount Lawley provided ample inspiration for a multi-use development created by award-winning M/Construction, part of M/Group. The three-storey M/25 by Match, located on the main road (Walcott Street), comprises 30 apartments plus six commercial units on the ground floor.
According to director Michael Read, M/25 drew its design vision from the suburb’s Federation-style red brick and terracotta homes. It incorporates natural light and cross ventilation into the apartments via the landscaped, central courtyard. The apartments’ décor includes black and white surfaces with elegant fixtures, creating a contemporary design with the end-user in mind.
As a company aligned to M/Group’s own industry-leading values, Cameron Chisholm Nicol was engaged to design M/25 – and they remained true to Mount Lawley’s heritage. The façade uses contrasting shapes, materials and colours to link the lively urbanism of Walcott Street, and create a strong corner presence that is set to become “a local landmark, offering architecturally-designed living in a convenient and desirable location”.
The main challenges faced by M/Construction centred on site constraints and logistics. “There was very limited lay-down area for materials” notes Michael Read, “and we only had one-side access during the duration of the build. This meant that all deliveries of materials had to be thought out and scheduled correctly. These would coincide with the requirement to have regular mobile cranes onsite and traffic management to coordinate traffic flow.”
“The design also changed from masonry brickwork to pre-cast panels for the neighbouring boundary wall – to eliminate potential issues impacting the next door property – so construction methodology had to be adjusted to ensure there was a good continuity of work and to maintain program deadlines.”
This eliminated potential safety issues associated with masonry construction, and also removed the requirement for complicated scaffolding in this area.
Highlighted Project Aspects and Cutting-Edge Features
Danpalon was used as the weather-proof backing material behind the perforated artistic screen at the building’s main entrance, “which provides a unique look to the building from the inside during the day, and the outside during the night”.
Black finish aluminium SHS sections were installed throughout many of the external openings (windows and balconies) to create a picture-frame effect on the building’s façade; and a smooth set plaster finish was applied to the external ground floor walls to create a point of difference from the other levels. As part of City of Vincent’s requirements, an art contribution was designed to include a wall mural by renowned Australian artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers. The brickwork walls also provided added appeal in comparison to the stud frame plasterboard walls.
Elsewhere, an Acratex texture coat was applied to the external surfaces of the building, and an Acrashield coating was applied over the Acratex texture coat to ensure long-lasting added protection. This was substituted for skim coat in areas that M/Construction believed would have had issues with weather damaging the skim coat.
M/Group is highly respected for its solid commitment to sustainability, and the M/25 project is emphatically at the forefront of industry standards in this respect.
“We strived for minimum waste by choosing specific products and ensuring all were accounted for during the build,” notes Read. “We used products that will ensure longevity for the building and reduce maintenance/replacement of materials.
“Upgrading the water-proof coating to the level one landscaped courtyard area ensured that we would not have to worry about potential leaks and added maintenance to the car park area below, now and into the future.” All appliances installed have a high WELS and Energy star rating.
One of the key successes achieved during construction was an ability to assist the client with design changes to upgrade areas of the building that M/Construction believed needed attention.
“Re-designing the lobby area and incorporating a decorative timber panel ceiling not only improved the overall look of the lobby but also elevated the appeal for the end-users.
“Taking on the mechanical ventilation as D&C, and simplifying it, reduced costs and eliminated the requirement for additional maintenance works during the life cycle of the building. In addition, we re-designed the courtyard landscaping area to be less busy and more aesthetically appealing.”
With Cameron Chisholm Nicol also highly regarded as an award-winning architectural practice that aims to place people at the centre of its design philosophy, the completed M/25 project was ultimately a perfect fit for its portfolio… “Unique residential projects that demonstrate refined aesthetics underpinned by efficient space planning and a rigorous attention to detail. The result is liveable, functional apartments that respond to our unique climate and lifestyle.”
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M/26 by Match – Como – Crane InstallationRead more
M/Construction’s latest construction job of the new M/26 Apartments by Match in Como on Mary Street has commenced. See the installation of the crane here.
What would Perth be like without its Match?Read more
It would have been hard to foresee the impact when, back in the early 2000s, two young property enthusiasts decided to tackle the inner-city marketplace and introduce distinctly-designed and architecturally considered apartments amidst a sea of bland ‘cookie-cutter’ buildings.
Back then, apartments were largely designed for investment purposes, so the product was often cheap and, in terms of streetscape, uninspiring.
However, a global lifestyle shift towards inner city living and a passion for good design was enough for the boys to mobilise their vision into reality. Before the cafes, galleries and boutique retail, Match was born in the streets of Mount Lawley, devoting its resources to bringing life into the inner-city environment.
Fast forward to today and Match has just completed its latest Mount Lawley apartment project, M/25 by Match. It is a small milestone that has seen the company come full circle, leaving a trail of influence throughout the City. Since breaking ground on their first Mount Lawley project, Match has earned a reputation for tackling buildings and locations that others were not interested in and created landmarks through heritage restorations of a grand scale.
They were pioneers in areas such as South Beach Estate and Port Coogee and became a catalyst for change that opened the door for improved apartment design and a way of life that didn’t involve a plot of land on the outskirts of the city.
“We always believed there was a market for good architecture and ‘signature’ apartment designs – environments that attract owner-residents rather than just renters,” Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group said.
“All our properties are boutique in nature, and every one offers something that people cannot get anywhere else. This approach has seen us through the GFC and a range of economic conditions because, at the end of the day, people will always want to live in beautiful spaces and great locations.”
Quality has always been an important factor of apartment delivery for Match, so the company evolved. Instead of coordinating the many factors associated with apartment development, the end game was to provide a full-service model that took the apartment buyer from contract to construction to sales and post-handover.
As M/Group, a number of new divisions were introduced to satisfy this demand, including an award-winning construction company, M/Construction, property management and re-sale arm, M/Property, and a funds management business with a retail license that allows everyday people to invest across a range of projects and initiatives.
The company has today delivered hundreds of apartments that now extend from central Perth to the Fremantle region and as far north as Mindarie.
In the weeks ahead, residents will start moving into M/25 by Match, poetically located in Mount Lawley. Where it all began.
For more information on Match and its available products, visit www.m25apartments.com or 0432 660 066.
It is living history for some in FremantleRead more
Only a few historic apartments left at Heirloom by Match
With just a handful of luxury warehouse loft apartments remaining on the market at the highly acclaimed Heirloom by Match rejuvenation project, the historic 96-year old building is in its final stages of becoming a fully repurposed facility; a far cry from its former life as the Dalgety Wool Stores.
The last available loft apartments include two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two car spaces. Each apartment features unique split-level interiors that allow for the architectural formation of eclectic living spaces and soaring ceiling heights against original brickwork and century-old wooden beams.
While most apartments sold ‘off-the-plan’ prior to restoration works, others have been steadily snapped up by new residents who have made history by reclaiming an important part of Fremantle’s past as their own – and many are thrilled with their decision to do so.
Resident Kirsty Farrell is one of the original buyers and wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she finally took ownership of her apartment.
“We got the keys and it felt really surreal. It was a lot bigger than I thought and just amazing. I was stoked,” she said.
“The building is just so iconic, and all the Jarrah beams are amazing. You don’t want to lose that – it’s what Fremantle is.”
Another resident, Maggie Low, was equally enchanted by the Jarrah beams, as well as its central atrium composed by the building’s infamous saw tooth roof.
“I’d been looking for a while and I wanted something different. I always wanted to live in a New York-style apartment warehouse and I either had to have something that was really modern or something with character. I just hate places that have low ceilings,” she said.
“Since moving in, I wake up in the morning and watch a light show against the beam in the atrium and I just love it when it rains.
“The Jarrah beams on my ceiling still have wool-grading letters painted on them and everything seems just so peaceful.”
Some 85% of heritage fabric has been retained in the $130 million heritage restoration project. Designed by acclaimed Architect Dominic Snellgrove of Cameron Chisholm Nicol and constructed by national top tier construction company, Built, the project has won numerous awards and accolades. It is today widely acknowledged as one of the most significant heritage restoration projects in Australia.
The limited number of loft apartments are designed to maximise natural light and accommodate modern fixtures and features, which are juxtaposed against the historic materials.
Heirloom by Match Loft Apartments start from $549,000 and some offer views over the Fremantle Harbour.
For more information on Match and its available products, visit www.heirloombymatch.com.au or call 0432 660 066.
Terrace Home designs inspired by ShorelineRead more
An environment as visionary and leading-edge as Shoreline warrants living spaces that reflects a high standard of architectural excellence and, of course, the stunning surroundings.
This is the premise behind the architectural offerings of boutique property company, Match, who has introduced two distinct terrace home options for new residents of the emerging Shoreline community.
Each terrace home design takes cues from the surrounding ocean-side environment, with consideration given to natural light, space and airflow. However, in terms of lifestyle concept and design layout, they are distinctly different.
Here’s an overview of what is on offer.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match
If natural light and privacy are important to you, you cannot go past this exclusive three-bedroom terrace home complex. It includes just 16 residences designed to integrate indoor and outdoor living. A central atrium and private courtyard creates a striking design feature, which extends across two levels.
A limited release of these terrace homes are available at $585,000 with 50% already sold and under construction.
M/32 Terrace Homes by Match
A community within a community. This distinctive 23-terrace home property introduces award winning UK ‘laneway living’ architecture that is adapted for the Australian lifestyle. The design incorporates beautifully landscaped private laneways and a central lawn area that creates a sense of serenity and space, and is perfect for both families and moments of reflection.
The first release of just 6 terrace homes is now available from $685,000.
All Match Shoreline properties are located on the fringe of Fremantle in North Coogee, just a few steps from the beach and adjacent to parkland. They are both well-positioned to make the most of the future cafes and restaurants planned for the area and are still a short walk to central Fremantle.
Match sister company, M/Construction, has been engaged to oversee the construction of the homes, and will do so with meticulous detail. While this is the company’s first foray into high end signature terrace homes, its combined experience in multi-residential apartments, townhouses and bespoke homes ensures the highest quality workmanship.
M/Construction’s involvement also allows for owner-led floorplan alterations and fixture options.
For more information on Match’s Terrace Homes visit www.itsamatch.com.au/terracehomes
In our latest construction update you can see the pour of the level 1 concrete slab equating to a huge 400m3. For this large pour duel pumps were used to ensure a fast paced install. Also seen in this video is the reinforcement to the deep beams, service conduits for lighting and hydraulic services, timber set downs put in place for the future kitchen and bathroom locations and other works in preparation for the level 1 precast panel wall install.