Celebrating ‘topping out’ at its biggest refurbishment project to date, HMS has officially hit new heights at Kingsway House in Warrington.
Signifying a landmark milestone in the redevelopment of the 8-storey apartment block, the team have completely transformed the outdated 1960’s building, culminating in the renovation of the roof which has recently been finalised.
Marking a £5 million investment by Torus in the creation of 53 newly refurbished apartments, HMS is on track to complete the scheme by January 2024, which will see Kingsway welcome back a number of previous residents to a home that features new windows, kitchens, bathrooms, front doors, lifts and balconies, a suite of enhanced safety features as well as improvements to the buildings entrance, communal areas, parking facilities and gardens.
Discussing Kingsway’s latest milestone, HMS’ Construction Director, John Barrow, said: “It’s fantastic to mark this moment at Kingsway and celebrate the hard work the team have done to get to this point. As our largest refurbishment project to date, Kingsway is a milestone in itself for HMS as showcases just how far we have come in a relatively short space of time.
“As an organisation, we have only been delivering works of this scale since 2018 so to see how far we have come in terms of what we are now capable of delivering is wonderful and I am looking forward to seeing how much further we can progress, in partnership with Torus, in the next five years.”
Torus Group Asset Director, Margaret Goddard, added: “Torus is committed to futureproofing and increasing the energy efficiency of our existing homes.
“As well as the extensive refurbishment by Torus, Kingsway House is one of the first projects to benefit from funding from the Government’s Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), which will see Torus invest £21.2m in a range of retrofit energy-efficiency improvements for 695 homes, across Torus communities over the next two years.
“We are looking forward for the completion of the project, and to welcome the residents back so they can start to enjoy their extensively refurbished home, and feel the benefits of the new windows, new doors, and improved insulation, which will improve energy efficiency of the building and reduce carbon emissions.
“We also want to ensure they benefit as much as possible from the energy efficient improvement works, which is incredibly important right now, with many tenants experiencing real hardship because of the cost-of-living crisis.”