Foundry Wharf (Atlas Street), St Helens
A £13M extra care development for the over 55s in St Helens, Liverpool.
This flagship extra-care scheme of 130 homes for the over 55s comprises 109 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom apartments, built to a high specification - all the apartments have full or Juliet balconies. The building also boasts communal facilities; a bistro and hairdressers and landscaped grounds overlooking the St Helens Canal.
One of the largest developments in the St Helens region, the building is a focal point when entering the city centre and was welcomed by local planning authorities for its contemporary design and use of high quality brickwork.
The building backs on to a canal, with little site context the building has nowhere to hide. The choice of massing, materials, detailing and execution all played an integral role in ensuring the long term quality and appearance of the scheme.
Torus Director of Development, Bill Lacey said: “From the outset Brock Carmichael seemed to understand our vision completely. Whilst homes for first time buyers and growing families are important and form a large part of our development programme, we believe that there’s a real need for later life homes too. We were looking for something innovatively and sensitively planned and designed; homes developed as communities where older people can live sociable, fulfilling and healthy lives.”