The Keel Phase 2
The project was designed by Brock Carmichael Architects

Glenbrook revisits Keel phase two

Dan Whelan

The developer, alongside investor Barings Real Estate, has reapplied for planning consent for the second phase of the Queens Dock development in Liverpool, after permission for the 260-apartment project lapsed earlier this year.  

Designed by architect Brock Carmichael, the proposed scheme on Liverpool’s waterfront would deliver 260 apartments across two eight-storey blocks. 

The resubmitted plans for the second phase of Keel are much the same as the original application, approved in 2016, with some minor changes to internal floor layouts, according to Glenbrook.

In 2019, approval for six townhouses and a residents’ pavilion on the same site at Keel Wharf was also granted. 

Glenbrook director Guy Butler told Place North West the company is in talks with several prospective contractors about starting on site, but does not expect to break ground this side of Christmas. 

Barings Real Estate bought the completed 170,000 sq ft first phase of Glenbrook’s development in 2018. 

The Keel Liverpool Min

The first phase of Glenbrook’s Keel completed in 2015

Formerly home to HMRC, collapsed contractor Pochin was the lead contractor for the first phase of the Keel, which was Liverpool’s first PRS development. 

Barings paid Moorfield £46.75m for the 240-apartment project, in an acquisition that also included the site earmarked for the second phase, and retained Glenbrook as the development partner for the subsequent phase.

Stuart McCrone, projects director at Glenbrook, described the site as “one of the prime residential locations in Liverpool”, and added that Glenbrook was hoping to build on its “longstanding” track record of delivering projects in the city. 

Barings and Glenbrook are also delivering a £57m residential scheme in Cornbrook, Manchester. The development features two 280 flats across two 15-storey towers and topped out in January. 

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Impressive in every aspect.

By Liverpool romance

Liverpool’s aspirations should be a lot higher than this. This could be anywhere.

By Bixteth Boy

What a stunning development! How clever that they would name it ‘The Keel’ redolent as it is of the ships that use Mersey docks. There are surely few other cities in the world with the creativity and imagination to brand an apartment development using maritime imagery. That they would also choose a muddy brown-coloured cladding, reflecting the majesty of the Mersey, only serves to add more gilding to Liverpool’s impossibly beautiful lily and another example of the city’s world beating creativity. The austere rectangular shape reflecting the harsh winds that batter you year-round should you choose to take a stroll along the quay side or cycle to your call centre job nearby is another knowing nod (and maybe a scouse wink!) to this unique location. All said, this is a fine development, reflecting the city’s impossible beauty, global importance and world renowned creative spirit.

By Liverpool Bromance

Nice looking scheme!

By View

Lovely setting, so open, a breath of fresh air.

By Anonymous

Looks an excellent scheme ..but given the previous history of this site , I hope it actually happens

By George

It could be Venice. Of course Liverpool is uniquely Liverpool – even though it does have similarities.

By Liverpolitan sunset

Still miss the old nickname; when HMRC ran it as a VAT office it was locally called The VATican.

By Billy

It still is called the Vatican to some of us;)

By Papa