St Helen’s Council deputy leader Andy Bowden hails ‘state-of-the-art’ retirement apartments development

December 11th 2018

The deputy leader of St Helens Council has welcomed the development of ‘state-of-the-art’ retirement apartments in Fingerpost, St Helens.

The site on Atlas Street, Fingerpost, is being transformed into a retirement community for over 55s.

The regeneration of the old engineering works to make way for the 130 apartment complex is rapidly taking shape, with the giant steel superstructure is now clearly visible from the road.

Torus invited local councillors on to the site to inspect progress the council’s deputy leader stated the plans “tick all the boxes” in the authority’s objectives for better housing for old people and developing on brownfield land.

The development will provide a mix of one and two-bedroomed apartments which Torus says will be available at an “affordable rent”

Residents will have use of a spacious lounge and social space, whilst a hairdressing salon and bistro facility will be open to the wider community.

Council deputy leader and cabinet member for balanced development, housing and economic opportunity, Cllr Andy Bowden, said: “Developments like this tick all the right boxes on the council’s list of objectives concerning regeneration projects, which are better housing for older people and bringing brownfield land back into use – so it’s great to be given a tour of this site and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the end result.”

The new site is part of a commitment to the provision of affordable, specialist housing for older people.

Torus chief executive Rob Young said: “The complex will be aimed at people over the age of 55 who want to live independently but with the added reassurance that flexible care and support is available if they need it.”

Torus now owns and manages around 2,000 bungalows and apartments for people over 55 in St Helens and Warrington.   It has also created a support package for tenants and residents over the age of 55 who don’t currently live in sheltered housing, which is designed to help them live independently in their homes for longer.

This Staying Home Service, is accessed by thousands of older people in St Helens and Warrington and works to provide useful information, reduce isolation and improve overall wellbeing.

The Atlas Street retirement complex is likely to be completed in March 2020.

Anyone interested in renting one of the apartments should email