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Harpers Green Extra Care scheme opens in Warrington

December 11th 2020

This week, Torus welcomed new residents to its latest extra care scheme, Harpers Green.

The £11m development has completely transformed the site of the former Bayleaf Restaurant and provides people aged 55 and over with secure, modern and affordable one and two bedroom apartments for rent or shared ownership. A huge benefit of extra care complexes, like this, is that residents retain their independence but have the peace of mind that flexible onsite care is available if and when it’s needed.

Care at Harpers Green has been funded and commissioned by Warrington Borough Council and will be provided by National charity and Warrington-based Making Space. Day-to-day tenancy support, including help with benefits, managing money, accessing additional care as well as well as health & wellbeing activities to reduce isolation will also be offered by the housing team from Torus Support Network.

To mark the opening of the site representatives from Torus welcomed partners from Warrington Borough Council to the new site.

New residents aren’t the only ones to enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities available at Harpers Green. It’s hoped that the on-site Bistro and Hair & Beauty Salon, run by local businesses, will quickly become a popular venue for the wider community too.

In fact, local bowling enthusiasts are thrilled with the restoration of the existing bowling green, which has been carefully landscaped, seeded, and nurtured ready for Padgate Bowling Club to use. All facilities at Harpers Green are due to open at the end of January 2021, Covid-19 restrictions allowing.

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for health and adult social care, Cllr Rebecca Knowles, said:

“We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Torus to deliver this important extra care scheme. It’s part of our ongoing investment in housing which meets local needs and allows people to live independently for longer.

“Harpers Green will provide flexible care options for residents, with a range of services designed to support health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and help people live life to the full. It’s great news that the scheme is now welcoming residents.”

Married couple, Beryl and Roy Platt were amongst the first residents to move in. The couple who had been looking for a home that was easier to maintain, was part of a community and had support on site moved to Harpers Green from their bungalow in Padgate. Commenting on the facility, Beryl said:

“It’s beautiful, like a 5-star hotel. All the staff have been amazing helping us settle in.”

As an organisation dedicated to building great homes and strong communities, Torus invests heavily in developing schemes which also look after people’s wider physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Discussing this, Chief Executive, Steve Coffey, said:

“One of our driving priorities as a group is to invest in our heartlands – financially, physically and emotionally.

“We want all our customers to feel safe, comfortable and happy in their homes which is why we invest in more than just bricks and mortar. We support many community projects and initiatives with the people who live in our homes to create sustainable support in the local area that residents can access whenever they need it.

“We want to contribute positively to an area and can already see that Harpers Green will be a vital asset for the residents who live there and in the wider community itself.”

Chris Bowen, Managing Director of Torus Developments, added:

“Building homes for older people, and those with specialist care needs, has and always will be a priority for Torus as there is simply a lack of specialist homes in the country.

“With significant demand for high-quality homes for older people, it was essential that we worked closely with our construction partners Anwyl Construction and ensure we made the scheme a priority, despite the pandemic.

“Harpers Green was developed to meet local need for this type of housing with care for rent and sale. It is a flagship development for Torus and its completion is another step towards ensuring the people in our communities have access to the homes and support they need to live well. Through investing in building modern, secure and most importantly, affordable homes, we are laying the foundations for our tenants to thrive.”

Harpers Green is the latest development in Torus’s award-winning Extra Care portfolio, apartments are available for affordable rent or sale through shared ownership.

To find out more about renting an apartment with care and support please call 0800 678 1894 or email infoWA@U-1-R.co.uk. Applications are through the Under One Roof.

If you are interested in buying you can contact the Torus Sales Team on 0800 254 5352 or email sales@torus.co.uk.