A Liverpool development is set to get a £300,000 renovation, despite being built just six years ago.

The Keel, on Queens Dock, is a build to rent development with 240 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments.

With the shift of many people working from home, The Keel has decided to bring in designer Jasper Sanders to redesign communal areas .

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Around £300,000 will be spent creating an area where residents can sit and work outside of their apartments, host meetings and take video conference calls.

Just weeks ago the development won ‘best place to live’ in Liverpool, in a vote by residents and reviewers on HomeViews, a residential development review site.

The Keel, which is located on a private quay on Queen’s Dock, was converted from the former HMRC offices into a complex of waterside apartments in 2015
The Keel, which is located on a private quay on Queen’s Dock, was converted from the former HMRC offices into a complex of waterside apartments in 2015

The new lobby design will have a cosy co-working area, where residents can work privately and in peace and a ‘Zoom room.’

Jasper Sanders, Interior Designer, said: “More than anything I wanted the new space to be a welcoming and comfortable place to live and work. The warm tones will make the space feel, friendly and inviting, much like the reception I always get from Liverpudlians, this was most important to me as I wanted residents to instantly feel comfortable in their new space.

“On its own private dock overlooking the River Mersey I wanted the interior of the building to reflect what was outside of its walls to hook that connection throughout the unique building, making the newly designed areas feel like a retreat for The Keel’s residents.’

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“Liverpool also has a distinctive and signature style. Liverpool’s residents are incredibly expressive, and I wanted to celebrate this when coming up with a concept design for The Keel’s lobby and communal areas’

“I really wanted to showcase Liverpool’s love of glamour and of course the infamous Scouse style, and so adding accents of rose gold and incorporating tinted glass to make people appear sun-kissed was a playful way of honouring this.”

Joseph Cooper, General Manager at The Keel said: “We are really looking forward to our newly imagined lobby and communal space. We could instantly see our residents reflected in the designs presented by Jasper, he’s done a great job of making the new areas a welcoming place for people to great guests and work.’

The Keel, which is located on a private quay on Queen’s Dock, was converted from the former HMRC offices into a complex of waterside apartments in 2015
The Keel, which is located on a private quay on Queen’s Dock, was converted from the former HMRC offices into a complex of waterside apartments in 2015

“Neatly timed, the new-look space will be ready shortly after the final Covid restrictions are now lifted and act as a great invitation for our residents to enjoy the space and getting to know each other properly at long last.”

“The ‘fake-tan zoom room’ is a fun idea and we imagine this will be an instant hit and prove very popular amongst The Keel’s home workers.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please visit The Keel

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