The North West housing group Torus has appointed Steve Alcock as its new director of developments and sales.
Alcock has over 20 years of experience in the housing sector, having been involved in delivering several significant regeneration projects across England.
Alcock will now be responsible for leading Torus’ developments team as it aims to complete 5,000 affordable homes by 2024.
Alcock takes over the role following the retirement of Bill Lacey who stepped down this month after 15 years working for Torus.
Discussing his appointment, Alcock said: “I believe wholeheartedly that where people live and the place they call home impacts their life chances and opportunities, which is why building safe, modern homes that promote, protect and enhance people’s wellbeing is incredibly important for the health and welfare of our communities.
“Building homes and places where people want to live, which are well thought out, feature ample greenspace, support a more energy-efficient way of living, and reduce reliance on cars have proven mental and physical benefits. They are tangible ways of improving regions and I feel incredibly privileged to be in a position to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Alcock brings plenty of experience in planning and development to Torus, having worked in both the private and public sectors.
Alcock has previously held positions at Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Keepmoat Homes, and specialist developer P J Livesey Group.
Torus have praised Alcock’s track record ‘of delivering major redevelopment projects which often incorporated intelligent, pioneering solutions to localised problems’.
Alcock said that Torus’ ‘ambitious growth plans’ and its ‘extensive mix of housing types and tenures’ attracted him to the role.
“With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic far-reaching and still largely unknown in the long-term, it is vital that we continue building to not only reinvigorate the local and national economy, but so homes that cater to the changing needs of our communities’ and future homeowners are available,” Alcock added.
“I’m looking forward to contributing to Torus’ growth plans and being a part of a team that makes a real impact to the communities it operates in.”
Steve Coffey, CEO of Torus Group, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Steve to the role. He has some great ideas for how to push the group forward and I, for one, am looking forward to working with him closely to continue building great homes for the people of the North West, which are affordable, modern and developed with the future in mind.”
The North West’s largest provider of affordable homes, Torus owns and manages 40,000 homes across the Liverpool City Region and Cheshire.
It is set to invest over £2.5 billion in homes over the next 10 years, with its recent projects including The Maples in Kirkby. It currently plans to redevelop Melwood, Liverpool FC’s former training ground.