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The Albany, Liverpool

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Liverpool

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Albany Assets Ltd &
Infinity Asset
Management LLP

Residential

Complete

116 apartments

The complete conversion and extension of a Grade 2* listed former office warehouse building to create 116 contemporary apartments.

Detail

The Albany was originally constructed in 1856, it was built as a meeting place for cotton brokers, and contained offices and meeting rooms, together with warehousing facilities in the basement. It is one of the best and earliest of the large speculative Victorian office blocks in the City.

We devised a scheme that reconciled the viability problem with the Listed building constraints. This was done through enlarging the building, which originally comprised a basement and three upper floors, by developing a further floor of accommodation at roof level to create light and airy duplex apartments set back behind the original facades. These benefit from full height sliding doors which lead to a decked seating terrace. This solution enabled the creation of 116 contemporary apartments with mixed use to the ground and basement levels, giving a new life to the wide corridors, spacious staircases, imposing entrance archway and unique private courtyard.

​The basement levels provide active an frontage to Old Hall Street with a number of commercial units . A horizontal extension behind an existing facade houses an innovative German multi-storey robotic stacker parking system, This provides 84 secure and controlled parking spaces.