St Helens Council welcomes completion of £13m Foundry Wharf independent living scheme
St Helens Borough Council has welcomed the completion of a new £13m purpose-built, 130-apartment, independent living scheme in Fingerpost, in partnership with Torus.
Foundry Wharf, the latest of Torus’ Extra Care offerings provides new homes for people aged 55 and over with secure, modern and affordable one and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent.
Residents retain their independence but have the peace of mind that flexible on-site care is available when it’s needed.
Foundry Wharf also features an on-site bistro and hair and beauty salon, run by local businesses which will be open to the wider community when Covid-19 restrictions allow.
Residents can access exclusive facilities, including a guest suite, spacious communal areas, laundry room, gardens, assisted bathroom and level access wet rooms in all apartments.
Care at Foundry Wharf has been funded and commissioned by St Helens Borough Council and will be provided by Human Support Group. Day-to-day tenancy support, including help with benefits, managing money, accessing additional care as well as health and wellbeing activities to reduce isolation will also be offered by Torus Foundation and the housing team from Torus Support Network.
Foundry Wharf is also the new home for many of the current residents at Parr Mount Court in Fingerpost, set for closure and demolition after Torus deemed that the aging complex did not meet their high modern-day standards of extra care, despite efforts to make the scheme work.
Parr Mount Court residents have been integral to the internal decoration of their new homes at Foundry Wharf, on everything from the colour palette to featured artwork – the product of a yearlong arts project with local artists and historians which looked at the industries and people that shaped the borough.
Parr Mount Court resident, Jimmy Barker, said: “I am looking forward to making the new apartment my own and joining in with some new activities, especially the cooking sessions and digital sessions. I love trying new recipes and I need to learn how to use my new tablet properly.”
Denise Pearce, 75, added: “I cannot wait for all the activities to start up and to have some fun with everyone, to meet new people and make more friends. It’s going to be a real fresh start for me.”
Torus is dedicated to building great homes and strong communities, investing heavily in developing schemes which also look after people’s wider physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Discussing this, Chief Executive, Steve Coffey, said: “One of our driving priorities as a group is to invest in our heartlands – financially, physically and emotionally.
“We want all our customers to feel safe, comfortable and happy in their homes which is why we invest in more than just bricks and mortar.
"We support many community projects and initiatives with the people who live in our homes to create sustainable support in the local area that residents can access whenever they need it.
“We want to contribute positively to an area and can already see that Foundry Wharf will be a vital asset for the residents who live there and in the wider community itself.
“We look forward to safely welcoming our new residents at the end of March and we are planning an event with the Council to mark the opening of the new site, when Covid-19 restrictions ease and can do so.”
Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “A commitment to providing a wide range of high-quality housing options for local people is the tenet of our partnership with Torus.
"There is a clear demand for homes in which older people can continue to live independently and have access to tailored care and support as needed, so it’s great to see Foundry Wharf – which will provide all that and more – reach completion after the hurdles of the past year.”
Councillor Marlene Quinn, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Integrated Care and Health, said: “Torus’ Extra Care homes are a vital part of St Helens Borough’s provision for older and vulnerable people.
"As well as the modern apartments where older people can maintain their independence in safety and with confidence, and access individually assessed care and support on-site, Foundry Wharf has been designed to be very socially inclusive, with communal areas and gardens, and activities that will promote good physical and mental wellbeing.
“Among the many highlights of the development is the addition of a hairdressing salon and bistro that will both open to the public, keeping residents – particularly those with mobility issues – connected to their neighbours and the wider community and reducing the feeling of isolation that can be so profoundly harmful.”