Duke and Parr

How do you remove risk from a heritage project?

For our work at Duke and Parr, it was a matter of understanding how the historic building had been constructed and then, using that knowledge to inform the refurbishment of the space.

Situated in the middle of Liverpool’s Ropewalks district, Duke and Parr takes the rich heritage of the city and transforms it into a new and exciting workspace. A hub of culture and community, the development sets the standard for a new kind of office experience in the North West.

For the project, we drew on our capabilities of working with listed heritage assets, leaning on the CARE accreditation of our lead engineers to secure the best results.

Our approach to working with heritage and listed assets is to understand
and investigate the construction methods of that time and their use in
each building, making us better placed to introduce sensitive structural

Having at different times housed a newsroom, a shipping company, a
library and even a museum, the history of this 19th-century building
was central to our client’s goals. The work we did not only respected the
heritage of the place but celebrated it. With interiors delivered by Sheila
Bird, the venue took on an inimitable grandeur, marrying quirky interior
design with the beautiful period stylings of a bygone era.

A fully collaborative effort with the client and the design team, the results
at Duke and Parr speak for themselves.

The delivery of this project led to new and exciting opportunities for
renaissance, including a project at Clippers Quay for CERT Property, and
further exciting work with Sixteen Real Estate and Workspace D&B.

Client: CERT Property
Location: Liverpool