THE designer of the recently finished development of care apartments for over-55s has welcomed the completion of the project.

Architects Brock Carmichael completed work on the flagship Foundry Wharf scheme for the Torus Group in St Helens.

The Star reported as St Helens Council welcomed the project's completion in March.

One of the largest developments in St Helens, the building, off Atlas Street, is a focal point on entry to the town centre and was complimented by the local planning authority for its contemporary appearance and high quality materials.

Foundry Wharf comprises of 130 extra care homes for the over 55s, 109 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom apartments built to a high specification. All the apartments have full or Juliet balconies.

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The building also includes communal facilities including a guest suite, hairdressers and a bistro which are open to the public within a large foyer which opens out onto extensive secure, landscaped grounds overlooking the St Helens Canal.

Brock Carmichael has designed the £13m extra care development for the over 55s around the specific requirements and in consultation with Torus using experience drawn from similar, high profile schemes designed by the practice.

Foundry Wharf

Foundry Wharf

Phil Malthouse, partner at Brock Carmichael said: “Our experience in housing schemes has led us to a design where we make the most of a site to develop a living space with extra care and all the safety, accessibility and security needs that involves, and which is also desirable and accessible for all. It should welcome residents and the local community alike.

"The designs included considerations from a sun path analysis as good, natural light is important to health and wellbeing. The Northern and Western part of the site provides private gated gardens including informal seating areas. The perimeter boundary treatment creates a safe and accessible environment for its residents.”

The St Helens site is part of a wider Masterplan developed by Brock Carmichael for the land owner. Torus purchased the northern plot fronting on to the junction of Atlas and Standish Streets in 2017.

Occupation at Foundry Wharf started March 2021.