Leading North West construction and maintenance specialist HMS has completed the transformation of the Grade II listed Ogden’s Clock Tower in Everton, creating 19 high-specification apartments for affordable rent. Working on behalf of Torus, the new homes were all reserved off plan and residents have already moved in.
The restoration and repurposing of the iconic clock tower completes Torus’ signature Ogden’s Place development, which also includes over 130 brand-new family homes for rent and future home ownership.
When HMS first arrived on site in 2017, the historic structure had been disused for almost a decade and was in a poor state of repair. A bespoke and comprehensive approach was required to ensure all works were approached sensitively throughout the 18-month build to conserve valuable historic features and Ogden’s iconic Victorian exterior.
Externally, the original clock faces and sash windows were restored back to their original condition whilst essential structural repairs were carried out. Inside, historic details including the ornate oak paneling, Jacobean staircase and carved timber fireplaces remained firmly under wraps throughout the repair and reconfiguration process. Meanwhile, HMS mechanical and electrical team installed a suite of 21st century infrastructure – largely hidden from view – providing each home with the best in modern living.
HMS Construction Director John Barrow said, “We are delighted to have completed the £3.1m Ogden’s Clock Tower project for Torus to the highest standards, underlining our credentials as an experienced, value-adding principal contractor.
"Bringing important heritage buildings like Ogden’s back to life is a key part of our fast-growing construction programme, with several more projects currently in planning across Liverpool and the North West.”
Chris Bowen, Managing Director of Development at Torus, added, “It’s fantastic to see the Ogden’s Place development completed. It’s proved vital to the community and this key restoration build is part of Torus’ commitment to quality living for all and respecting the heritage of our communities.
"Our relationship with HMS will continue to support our strategic delivery of new homes across our heartlands of Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington.”
With around 40,000 homes across Merseyside, Cheshire and West Lancashire, efficient gas servicing is a priority for North West housing group Torus.
Torus group’s Ogden’s Place development in Everton was named Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year at last week’s Northern Housing Awards.
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