19th August 2022 – Leading NW registered provider has completed its first development with net zero carbon housebuilder Starship.
Expanding its use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), Oakdale Road signifies a further £1.5 million investment by Torus in the use of greener, more sustainable technologies and Torus’ commitment to become a more eco-friendly developer.
All eight bungalows at Oakdale Road were built off site and are available via Affordable Rent and are built to meet net zero carbon standards, featuring PV Solar Roof Panels, an Air Source Heat Pump with an EPC rating of ‘A’ - the first of its kind built by Torus with contractor Starship.
Completed in less than a year and one of the first projects of its kind in the region, Oakdale Road highlights the importance of utilising less traditional methods of construction to regenerate disused sites to create high quality, modern homes quickly. Embedding this technology will also benefit future residents by lowering their energy consumption and ultimately bills – something that has never been so important for many in Torus communities.
Discussing the completion of Oakdale Road, Director of Development & Sales Steve Alcock, said: “As a social investor, we’re committed to ensuring all homes we build are not only affordable, but actively contribute to addressing key issues impacting our local communities, region and the country as a whole. Oakdale Road is the first Torus scheme that is completely carbon neutral but is certainly not the last.
“As we progress on our journey to net zero emissions, this development will form the blueprint for how we continue to use MMC intelligently to not only fix the national housing crisis but reduce our impact on the environment to create more sustainable developments and we’re thrilled to have worked with Starship to create such an innovative scheme.”
Chris Moores, Development Director at Starship, commented: “It’s been great working with the team at Torus to deliver what is a truly innovative, next generation development for their residents. We are always working to push the boundaries in creating the lowest carbon living standards possible for our customers and we are looking forward to working with Torus in the future on more game changing homes.”
After visiting the development, Councillor Tony Jones, Chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration & Housing Committee, said, “It’s fantastic to see such a ground-breaking development in Wirral, which not only provides much-needed bungalows for affordable rent, but also incorporates sustainable technologies to minimise carbon emissions and help residents keep their fuel bills as low as possible.”
Starship Group was formed following the acquisition and merger of several existing property development and construction businesses and is backed by a private investment fund. Starship have delivered over £75m of residential projects across the UK and the group already has over £30m of developments in progress with a futher £100m in pipeline.
In addition to its core property development activities Starship has invested in cutting edge modern construction methods to meet the UKs growing housing demand. Starship Modular has delivered over 50 homes so far this year and handed over their first zero carbon homes to Magenta Living on the Wirral which will now be a standard for all Starship homes built in the future.
Torus is an ambitious and established housing group
One of the North West’s largest landlords, with roots in Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, Torus employs some 1,500 staff, owns and manages around 40,000 homes and serves approx. 75,000 customers.
Torus’ development programme targets 5,300 new affordable homes by 2024, for rent, homeownership and to meet the needs of an ageing population.
One of the biggest developers of affordable homes in the North West, Torus will invest £1 billion into the Liverpool City Region over the next 5 years, transforming and regenerating the region through increasing access to affordable housing solutions.
Torus’ commercial arm, HMS, is an award-winning construction and maintenance contractor. 100% of HMS’ profits are used to fund initiatives that make a positive difference to communities and the lives of people living in them.
Torus’ charity Torus Foundation invests at least £5m a year in meaningful community projects that improve wellbeing, skills and quality of life, to break down barriers and unlock potential.
A strategic partner of Homes England, we are committed to tackling the housing crisis through sustainably building affordable homes, that meet the needs of the people who live in our communities’.
Further Enquiries to:
Starship: Clare McDermott | Starship Press Team | 0333 772 7494 Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
Torus: Claitlin Laws 0151 235 2395 | Caitlin.email@example.com