Torus hires development director in push for growth
Steve Alcock has been appointed to the post of director of developments and sales at the Liverpool-based housing group.
With a degree in planning and development, Alcock has 20 years’ experience in the industry, and joins Torus from regeneration specialist PJ Livesey Group, where he was head of land – returning to the company following a previous 14-year stint in various roles including group land manager for seven years until March 2019.
Prior to rejoining PJ Livesey, Alcock was land and partnerships director at housebuilder Keepmoat Homes.
He has particular experience in regenerating previously developed land and buildings to create low-impact sustainable developments that improve the environment for local communities, according to Torus.
Alcock said: “Building homes and places where people want to live that are well thought-out, feature ample greenspace, support a more energy-efficient way of living and reduce reliance on cars have proven mental and physical benefits.
“These are tangible ways of improving regions and I feel incredibly privileged to be in a position to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
In his role at Torus, he will support the housebuilder in achieving its target of building more than 5,000 homes by 2024, and in increasing the group’s profile and influence across the North West. Torus plans to invest over £2.5bn in homes over the next decade.
Alcock added: “Torus has ambitious growth plans and is really challenging the traditional housing market with its extensive mix of housing types and tenures – many of which are affordable and actively working towards fixing the national housing crisis – which really attracted me to the role.
“Not only that, but the group intelligently triangulates local data, identifies local need and builds the type of homes that are needed, exactly where they’re needed.
This can be clearly seen in multiple of its completed schemes such as The Maples in Kirkby and most recently, in its proposed concepts for Melwood.”
Torus completed the acquisition of Liverpool Football Club’s Melwood Training Ground, between Croxteth Park and West Derby Golf Club in Kirkby, earlier this month, and plans to redevelop the facility into 160 homes.
It is working with architect Corstorphine + Wright to draw up designs for the site and intends to submit a planning application early next year.
Steve Coffey, chief executive of Torus Group, added: “It’s fantastic to welcome Steve to the role. He has some great ideas for how to push the group forward and I, for one, am looking forward to working with him closely to continue building great homes for the North West that are affordable, modern and developed with the future in mind.”