GALLERY | Completion for Keel revamp

The build-to-rent development on Liverpool’s waterfront has been given a post-pandemic makeover, adding co-working areas, event space and room for video calls.

Developed by North West business Glenbrook, The Keel is now owned by Barings. The building is managed by Allsop, which oversaw the refurbishment project, delivered by Manchester-based design studio Jasper Sanders + Partners.

The studio replanned the layout of the arrival point at The Keel, which saw the development of a co-working lounge that doubles as an events space in the evening.

A small meeting room for video calls and private work was created by making better use of space, while the reception layout was adjusted to become a place to work and relax, Allsop said.

Design director Jasper Sanders said: “We spent a considerable amount of time optimising the space to increase activity and purpose. We have been careful to retain as much of the existing fabric of the interior as possible to limit the number of new materials and help reduce our impact on the planet.

“The communal spaces are a strong selling point for BTR schemes, and with this in mind we have focused on creating spaces that would accommodate the changing needs of the residents while bringing them closer together as a community.”

Opened in 2015, The Keel spans five storeys and is located on a private quay at Queen’s Dock, minutes from the Royal Albert Dock. The BTR development comprises 240 apartments, from  studios up to three-bedroom homes.

Allsop also looks after three other BTR assets in the region, Trilogy, Vox, and Duet, all Glenbrook schemes in Greater Manchester.

Matt Smith, director of asset management at Allsop, said: “The Keel has been a sought-after place to live since its very launch.

“Acknowledging the shift in people’s lifestyle following the pandemic, this refurbishment will help us maintain and amplify its appeal, ensuring it remains inviting and relevant for many years to come.”

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