The North West affordable housing developer Torus has started building 186 new homes on the site of the former Rock Ferry High School in Birkenhead, Wirral.
The £30 million scheme, a two-year project with construction firm Anwyl Partnerships, will include the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building Ravenswood House.
The 40,000-home landlord’s redevelopment of the brownfield site will see 84 new homes built in the grounds along with a 102-apartment extra care scheme. The project is due to complete in 2023.
Steve Alcock, director of developments and sales at Torus Developments, 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.”
Of the 84 new homes set to be built at Rock Ferry, 65 will be available for affordable rent and 19 available for shared ownership.
Meanwhile, all 102 apartments in the extra care scheme will be available through affordable rent. The extra care scheme will be specifically designed to meet the needs of over-55s, offering residents tailored on-site care and support.
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.”
Ravenswood House is the latest listed building set to be regenerated by Torus. Other heritage projects being worked on by the group include the Ogden’s tobacco factory in Everton, and Allerton Fire and Police Station in south Liverpool where it is building 47 homes.
Image: An artist’s impression of Torus’ Rock Ferry development in Birkenhead, Wirral. Credit: Torus.