Affordable housing developer, Torus, has officially started work on its £30m scheme in Birkenhead, which will see 186 homes built on the site of the former Rock Ferry High School.
Signaling the beginning of a two-year project with construction firm, Anwyl Partnerships, to regenerate and redevelop the brownfield site, the team will refurbish Ravenswood House, a Grade II listed building, as a centrepiece to the scheme. In the grounds 76 new homes, 19 of which will be available via Shared Ownership and 65 through Affordable Rent, will be constructed alongside a 102 apartment Extra Care Scheme.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of the over 55s, Extra Care Schemes encourage residents to retain their independence for as long as possible, all the while offering the peace of mind that flexible, tailored, onsite care and support is available if and when it is needed. An Extra Care Scheme is more than just a home, it is a community where older people can enjoy sociable, fulfilling and healthy lives.
Torus’ Extra Care Schemes provide secure, modern and affordable homes for residents. All apartments will be available through Affordable Rent and will further contribute to the growth of affordable housing options in the area.
Discussing the scheme, which is due to complete in 2023, Director of Developments & Sales at Torus Developments, Steve Alcock said: “Rock Ferry is a clear reflection of our focus on the future and protection of and respect for the past.
“Through repurposing Ravenswood House, building homes specifically for older people and those with extra care needs, as well as ensuring all properties are available via affordable means, Rock Ferry will meet the needs of the local community and safeguard a listed building for the future.
“We are pleased to be working with Anwyl Partnerships again following the recent completion of Harpers Green, a 97 apartment Extra Care Scheme in Warrington. Rock Ferry is the largest of eight developments we have underway on the Wirral and plays a key part in the ongoing regeneration of the area”
Tom Anwyl, Managing Director at Anwyl Partnerships, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to begin work on this important scheme that marks a major development within the wider regeneration of Rock Ferry.
“We have forged a strong partnership with Torus and have a shared understanding of the importance of creating quality homes and enhancing local communities. Work is now well underway and we will be working with all stakeholders to ensure the programme is delivered in line with all agreed objectives.”
Along with the creation of new build homes across the North-West, Torus’ ambitious development programme focuses of the preservation, restoration and redevelopment of local, historic landmarks. Working to retain distinctive buildings that are central to communities, Ravenswood House is the latest listed building to be regenerated by Torus. This scheme will add to the Group’s portfolio that currently includes the award-winning Ogden’s Tobacco Factory in Everton and South Liverpool’s Allerton Fire and Police Station, where works have now started on the construction of 47 homes.