The Keel BTR development undergoes refurbishment

A first look at The Keel, which is undergoing a refurbishment to convert into a true BTR property while reducing its carbon footprint.

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The Keel Build to Rent development.

Liverpool’s iconic waterfront Build to Rent development – The Keel – is undergoing a refurbishment to enhance its rental experience for residents of central Liverpool. On a private quay at Queen’s Dock – the former HMRC offices were converted into waterside apartments in 2015. 

The Keel is now in the midst of an upgrade to transform its communal areas and services. The refurbishment includes a £300K upgrade to the north lobby, to firmly establish the legacy building amongst Liverpool’s most desirable Build to Rent developments. The re-design will bring a new residents’ lounge and lobby – as well as state of the art co-working spaces to further enhance The Keel building and cater to the rise in home working. 

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The Keel provides residents with a balance of community, waterside serenity and the thrill of inner city living. Apartments are available furnished or unfurnished and come in stylish designs – with inbuilt integrated appliances, premium furniture packages, and new Hyperoptic internet service with new Wi-Fi routers installed within each individual apartments. 

“The Keel offers the perfect balance for renters – situated within walking distance of exciting Liverpool hotspots such as Albert Dock and the Baltic Triangle – it also offers a calm residence with waterside views perfect for escaping city life. 

“We’re confident in the location and accommodation offering – which will suit professionals and families seeking luxury accommodation with flexible lease terms and a close-knit community.” 

Kate Howell, General Manager, The Keel 

The development offers a calendar of regular social activities including online yoga classes, wine and cheese nights and virtual cook-a-longs. The ongoing improvements bring residents at The Keel a new 24-hour management team, complementary coffee facilities and a bespoke no-touch resident parcel storage solution that residents can operate and manage from their mobile phone. 

The new facilities complement The Keel’s existing perks, which include free access to an on-site gym and fitness centre, 24-hour concierge, and communal outdoor space with unmissable waterfront views of Liverpool’s dockland. 

The development is also making positive changes to its carbon footprint – switching to a green electricity tariff, utilising solar panels on the North and South of the building, and installing new energy efficient LED lighting throughout the internal and external areas of the building, reducing the impact on the environment. 

Professionally managed and overseen by specialist rental operator, Allsop, The Keel provides 240 modern homes – a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Thanks to the scheme’s riverside location and private dock, The Keel is at the forefront of Liverpool’s rapidly expanding Build to Rent movement. Residents can benefit from the calm of waterside living, whilst being just minutes away from the buzz of Albert’s Dock as well as a host of on-trend foot and drinks establishments at Liverpool’s unique Baltic Triangle. The location also ensures easy access to central Liverpool and transport links. 

“Liverpool’s historic dock has long been appealing to renters thanks to its combined waterfront and city location, in addition to its abundance of iconic architecture. 

“The HMRC building is an iconic piece of Liverpool history and we’re pleased to be able to enhance this historic and fantastic space to redefine what residents can expect from their living experience.

“Despite being a relatively new sector, Liverpool’s Build to Rent scene is quickly gathering traction and we have no doubt that the new enhancements to The Keel, combined with the period features, unbeatable location and waterfront views will impress young families and young professionals alike.” 

Lesley Roberts Build to Rent Partner, Allsop