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Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, heritage, western australia by freoview on September 15, 2016



The MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) building in Cliff Street has been handed over by the builders and architects to the owners and 160 staff will occupy the new modern building and the refurbished heritage former Elders building in Fremantle’s West End.

I think the buildings look great and the new one designed by North Fremantle Slavin Architects makes a modern attractive statement in the historic part of the city.

Also opening soon is the Atwell Arcade where some new retailers have already moved in plus 300 office staff upstairs, so that is a significant number of new workers (and shoppers, coffee drinkers, lunch eaters) in the CBD.

Now hoping the State Government will sign a lease for office space with Sirona Capital and the Kings Square development will also start soon as that would bring another 1,500 office workers to Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on September 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Michael. Most interesting. I see now the building has be renamed to MSC with lettering below the dome.

  2. Michael said, on September 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Richard Often did a nice piece on the history of Dalgety House – see:

  3. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on September 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I couldn’t find anything at inHerit on the corner of Pakenham and Phillimore but I did find the entry for the Cliff Street. It is or was known as Wilhelmsen House. The details are at

    It is not really that helpful but as it does give much history in terms of the naming of the building. It may have been simply known as Wilhelmsen House because they leased the building and had naming rights for a period of time. It would have been nice to know who it was originally built for.

  4. freoview said, on September 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Isn’t the corner of Pakenham and Phillimore also a Wilhelmsen House?


  5. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on September 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I thought that the old building (where the dome is) was originally a Wilhelmsen building hence my curiosity. Wikipedia lists it as Wilhelmsen House (Dalgety & Co, Elder Building) but I must check the heritage register for the historical details when I can.

  6. freoview said, on September 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    The Wilhelmsen Line is another company but I don’t thinks there is an MSC name on the old building either.


  7. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on September 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I am with you Roel and also like the new building and how it fits in. I am guessing the heritage building will no longer have a Wihelmsen link in its name? It was only a quick look the other day but I couldn’t see the name near the dome. Did I miss it?

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