Plans to transform Harrison Square have become a reality this week as Torus housing group began the construction of new homes and retail units.
The Chief Executive and the Chair of the Torus group were joined on site by local councillors to view the progress on the first phase of construction.
The redevelopment of Harrison Square and the Harrison Centre by Torus is part of the wider, ‘Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam’ initiative which aims to revitalise the area.
The regeneration work will be delivered in two phases. The disused parade of shops at Harrison Square will be replaced by 16 new homes and two shops with completion expected to be late September 2017. Phase 2 will deliver a further 8 units.
The site of the former Harrison Centre will house 21 new homes, with planning permission submitted for a further 18 homes.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing, said: “I’m really pleased that this new development is going to be accessible for local people in Bewsey and Dallam. This new provision is a move towards transforming the area and the services available there which will make a real difference to the local community.”
Earlier this year, Torus, a partnership between Helena Partnerships and Golden Gates Housing Trust, unveiled an ambitious new build programme focusing on the development of more than 1,600 homes by 2020.
March will see the first phase handover of 48 of 104 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership sale at £10million Torus development, Ash Acre Meadows in Latchford.
Commenting on the group’s plans, Torus group chief executive Rob Young said: “We are committed to building new homes at realistically affordable prices for rent and sale. Each new home we build and every work or training opportunity we create contributes to the regeneration and revitalisation of local areas that is a fundamental part of our DNA.
We are proud to be partnering with Warrington Borough Council in redeveloping key areas of the town.”
All of the planned new homes at Harrison Square will be available at an affordable rent.