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JV North member Torus has won a coveted industry award for its work transforming a decaying Victorian tobacco factory into over 150 affordable homes.

Ogden’s Place in Everton beat seven other shortlisted housing associations to win Northern Housing Awards’ Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year.

The scheme saw the demolition of old factory buildings allowing 150 affordable homes to be built.

The second phase saw the transformation of the iconic Grade II-listed clock tower building converting the former Ogden’s Imperial Tobacco offices into 19 apartments while retaining notable historic features.

Grant funding for the scheme was secured via JV North.

With a firm commitment to retaining the urban fabric and valuable historic features of the site, the 18-month build was a mix of complex restoration, fast-paced construction and large-scale urban regeneration.

John Barrow, Construction Director at HMS, which transformed and repurposed the iconic Ogden’s Clock Tower, said: “This key restoration build was both challenging and thrilling in equal measure, but it’s a great example of our commitment to respecting the heritage of our communities whilst delivering quality living for all.

“We approach every project with exactly the same sensitive care and attention from initial design to final construction, so to have achieved such an accolade for doing what we love doing best is just amazing.”

Redevelopment of the site was managed by Torus Developments.

Managing Director, Chris Bowen, said: “I’m delighted that this unique development has been recognised in this way. A huge amount of often painstaking work went into the project from all the teams involved.

“It seems fitting that this iconic site, which once played an important role in the community by providing reliable employment, now provides local people with much-needed affordable homes.”