Liverpool affordable housing provider Torus starts work on 40 new homes on a city region site blighted by anti-social behaviour and fly tipping in a £6.6m project. Tony McDonough reports
Affordable housing provider Torus has started work on building 40 new homes at a site in St Helens.
Located in Somerset Street in Parr, the £6.6m scheme will see the construction of 28 two-bedroom houses, 10 three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows. In recent years this site has been blighted by anti-social behaviour and fly tipping.
All of the homes will be available via affordable rent (no more than 80% of local commercial rents) and Rent to Buy. Torus is also creating several apprenticeships during the project and is offering community-led support via the Torus Foundation.
Director of development and technical at Torus, Steve Alcock, said: “As a group, Torus is far more than just a developer, it works with communities to deliver schemes that benefit all and create true grassroots change.
“Modern, affordable, high-quality homes are, literally and metaphorically, the building blocks of a fairer, more equitable society.
“We’re thrilled to be delivering not only this scheme, but seven others across the borough as part of our Area Action Plan that will deliver a myriad of opportunities to the people of Fingerpost and Parr.”
Construction outfit HMS, a subsidiary of Torus, will be leading the build. Construction director John Barrow said: “This is the ninth scheme we have built in St Helens for Torus, and it is one that I feel will create the most positive change for the local area.
“We’re thrilled to have been appointed to this project and know that the team’s expertise will see a modern, efficient scheme built that will give Somerset Street a new lease of life.”