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Contracts Signed for St Helens flagship Extra Care Development

Leading Merseyside and North West Registered Provider, Torus Group has selected Cruden Construction for their flagship £13m+ Extra Care Development on Atlas Street and Standish Street, St Helens.

Work commenced on site in unison with contracts being signed in late March.     

The scheme, which has been designed by Brock Carmichael Architects, Liverpool, includes 109 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom apartments, a bistro and hairdressers that will be open to the public, along with associated facilities including landscaped gardens.

Yvonne Westhead-Fyles, Head of Development says: “We are delighted that we can mark the next stage of this exciting new development. The team at Torus are passionate and driven in delivering Atlas Street which is an innovative scheme, aimed at providing excellent accommodation and facilities for both residents and the wider community.”

This is the second extra care contract that Cruden has undertaken for Torus Group, having completed the highly innovative and award winning Heald Farm Court Extra Care Village in Earlestown, Newton-Le-Willows for Torus in 2010.

Torus, one of the biggest developers of affordable housing in the North West, is currently building around 700 homes at various locations throughout the region. The group owns and manages more than 22,000 homes in St Helens, Warrington, West Lancashire and East and West Cheshire

Commenting on the Atlas Street Extra Care development, Bill Lacey, Director of Development said: “This new, specialist facility is a part of a wider project aimed at regenerating and revitalising key areas of St Helens.”

“Providing good quality, affordable housing for older people is key to this project and very much a priority for us.”

Cruden Construction were selected by Torus Group following a competitive two stage tender process, with Cruden offering a number of innovative engineering solutions to secure selection as the clients preferred contractor. Throughout the second stage, Cruden has worked hand in hand with Torus Group, Brock Carmichael Architects, Alan Johnston Partnership Engineers and Torus Group’s Employers Agent, WYG, to achieve a design and construction solution that has mitigated risk and enabled the clients’ parameters for proceeding with the scheme to be met.

Ian Woolrich, Managing Director of Cruden Construction is delighted to have won the scheme against very stiff competition saying: “Knowledge and solutions for the extra care market is a core strength of Cruden Construction, however in this very competitive sector, it is not possible to simply rely on that competency.”

The challenge for our teams when selected, is to consistently meet the clients expectations at all stages of the process he says: “We have a hunger to keep developing solutions and to keep improving our knowledge, so that we achieve successful technical and commercial outputs for our clients. I am delighted that our staff involved in securing this important contract have again met this challenge and I look forward to celebrating a successful completion of the contract with Torus Group.”