Following a £30m redevelopment, The Keel at Queens Dock is complete – bringing 240 outstanding apartments to Liverpool Waterfront and continuing Brock Carmichael’s relationship with the wider Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme.
Originally built in 1993, the former HMRC tax office once housed 1,500 employees. In 2013 investor Moorfield Group and developers Glenbrook Property would embarked on an ambitious attempt to revitalise the building for the private rental sector – with Brock Carmichael Architects leading the design.
The Keel bridges the waterway, lying low and flat, straddling what was formerly a graving dock, with brick wings at either side. There are also large areas of land at either side now being considered for further development.
The apartments, which went on sale in late 2016, were warmly welcomed by deputy mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne. Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, Cllr O’Byrne said: “This development has secured the future of a landmark building on the city’s waterfront and is a welcome addition to the rented accommodation sector in Liverpool.”
Brock Carmichael has continued to develop its association with Liverpool Waters, announcing earlier this year that an application had been submitted for the development of a new private rental scheme on Princes Dock – bookending the practice’s involvement with Liverpool Waters.
This 24-storey apartment block for this site will house 100 properties overlooking the waterfront and form part of a wider plan involving 88 mixed-use developments planned for both sides of the River Mersey covering 65 hectares of dockland and using around £55bn of investment.
Formerly owned by Mersey Harbour Docks Authority, Brock Carmichael has worked hard to ensure its contribution to the now vacant Princes Dock site will retain the beauty and heritage of the area, following a comprehensive planning and application process, which began six years ago.