Extra care complex marks significant redevelopment of Fingerpost

May 14th 2019

Torus Chair Graham Burgess, Managing Director of Housing Gill Healey, Chief Executive Steve Coffey

Representatives from Torus were on site recently to check the progress of a 5-storey, 130 apartment extra care complex for over 55s in Fingerpost.

The giant superstructure, constructed from 540 tonnes of steel, is now fully complete and, thanks to a 130-tonne mega crane, work is underway to install a whopping 2,762 tonnes of concrete flooring.

The £13million purpose-built development is designed to cater to the changing needs of older people, providing specialist support both for those who need it now and those who may develop a need for support over time.

The state-of-the art facility is just one of several developments from Torus, that will have a positive impact on Fingerpost.

Torus owns and manages around 40,000 homes across Merseyside and Cheshire but has especially deep roots in St Helens where it has already developed more than 500 new homes with an investment value in the region of £39m.

Working closely with the local authority, to ensure that any new housing reflects local demand, Torus is committed to providing truly affordable homes for rent and low-cost homeownership across the borough but with a real emphasis on reviving neighbourhoods by investing in areas that will most benefit from regeneration.

Back in 2015, Torus developed more than 30 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership (part buy/part rent) on Park Road in Fingerpost.  This week will see the handover of a further 26 new homes on Park Road, followed by 66 on Holly Bank.

Each of these former brownfield sites had been neglected for many years and was a blight to the neighbourhood. By providing a regeneration solution, Torus is contributing to the nurturing of new communities and creating a sustainable environment for families, couples and older people alike.

But for housing group Torus, regeneration is not simply about transforming places. It’s about unlocking potential and providing people with access to greater opportunities for employment and training along with access to services that will improve health and wellbeing.

This particular area is the focus of the newly established Torus Foundation, a charity which partners with local people and partners to devise and deliver local-led initiatives that have a positive impact on peoples’ lives. In this way Torus ensures that people don’t just benefit from a great home, they get access to an unrivalled network of service and support too.

Torus director of development, Bill Lacey, said: “Our new build development sites in Fingerpost reflect our commitment to invest in Fingerpost and the wider St. Helens Borough.

“We have exciting plans for new developments across St. Helens, with schemes in the pipeline to provide new homes for a wide range of people from first time buyers to elderly people with care needs.

“Our aim is to produce high quality homes that will meet the needs of our communities in St. Helens and make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as contributing to the regeneration of the town.”