We are redeveloping Liverpool Football Club's Melwood Training Facility, with planning in place for affordable new homes.
Melwood has been at the heart of West Derby for decades. A place where footballing legends were born and from where Liverpool has dominated the world.
Our vision will celebrate the heritage of Melwood but look firmly to the future, opening the door to a legacy that the entire community can benefit from.
We want to work closely with the local community to shape our vision and bring it to life.GET INVOLVED
Torus is a leading housebuilder and landlord with deep roots in Liverpool and West Derby. We specialise in delivering the right homes in the right places to support economic growth and regeneration.
With a focus on collaboration and place-making, we build homes that enhance local communities and leave positive, long-lasting legacies.
100% of the profits generated from our developments is invested back into our charitable arm, Torus Foundation, to provide services that improve wellbeing, skills and quality of life.
Due to the current situation with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to postpone our scheduled community consultation events of the 24th and 25th of March.
Please be assured that these events will be rescheduled as soon as it safe to do so, but in the meantime, you can continue to share your thoughts on this project by using the feedback form below.
Although we have postponed all physical face-to-face community consultation sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions around public gatherings, our website has been open since March 2020, encouraging people to submit thoughts on the future of the Melwood site.
So far, you have highlighted four primary themes relating to the planned development of the site.
On the basis of the comments we have received from you, we wanted to share our initial response to each point raised:
Rest assured, all your comments will influence planning and design, so that whatever the future of Melwood, you will have guided its development.
Finally, there is still time for you to have your say and our online portal is open 24/7 for you to contribute your ideas. We’d love to hear from you, so don’t miss your opportunity to contribute the Melwood’s next chapter!
This area of West Derby has not always been a residential area and since the turn of the century has grown exponentially in line with the increased demands of an ever-growing population. We understand that this growth has brought with it challenges – namely an increase in number of cars per household, increased traffic levels and ultimately congestion.
As a future-focused Group, we are working with experts to conduct a thorough, up-to-date survey of traffic in the area. When designing proposals for the site, we will aim to reduce pressure on existing routes as much as possible and will be including ample parking spaces into the development’s design, as well as incorporating multiple access points and routes through the site to improve the flow of traffic, especially at peak times.
As a Group, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions across our heartlands so will be actively designing the site with public transport and low-carbon transport options in mind.
We are also exploring housing options which are tailored to the needs of individuals who typically don’t own vehicles, such as housing for older and more vulnerable individuals.
We understand that flood risk is a concern across West Derby. We have already employed a technical team to review and assess the site so that any development built doesn’t add to this problem further. We are currently exploring self-contained and sustainable draining options, which we would look to incorporate into the final design for the site.
We will also be conducting our own, up-to-date survey of the area to mitigate this risk from the outset of the development.
Consultation is at the heart of any project we undertake and since buying the site in August 2019, we have been talking to residents of West Derby, local Councillors, organisations and businesses to understand the challenges felt by the people who live and work in the area.
As such, we are working to design the site to alleviate pressures on services such as GP Practices, local schools and public transport links and to provide opportunities to enable improvements to public services where we can. We don’t know what this will look like yet but are exploring multiple options such as incorporating self-sustaining Extra Care units on site or creating homes for first time buyers, young professionals or downsizers without children or long-term health conditions. By developing a range of housing options, we will work to reduce pressure on local services.
Currently, the public does not have access to Melwood facilities and the site, as it stands, is inaccessible to the residents of West Derby. We are working hard to understand how these facilities could best be used by the community and are having exploratory discussions with several groups and organisations.
Whatever the extent of existing facilities that are retained, we are keen that the development will be of significant benefit to the local community and could increase access to green space, health and wellbeing opportunities and create a sustainable new environment on the site.
We understand the opportunity the facilities available on-site present so are also open to hearing from organisations who wish to submit a proposal for how to use them as part of this new development.
Torus acquires Melwood from Liverpool Football Club
Community Interest Company We Make Places engaged to support public consultation activities
Community consultation sessions are scheduled for 24th and 25th March in West Derby
Dedicated consultation website is launched to collect the community’s views
Community consultation sessions postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Community feedback collated digitally
Initial responses to Phase 1 of consultation shared
We understand what Melwood means to West Derby and we want to make sure that its heritage is never forgotten. We’re working closely with We Make Places, a Liverpool based Community Interest Company, to capture memories of Melwood as part of a living heritage project.
If you have memories of Melwood you’d like to share we’d love to hear them.
People are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation which is why we’d love to hear your thoughts. Have your say below and become an integral part of the future of Melwood.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts and their Memories of Melwood. We’ve had 37 responses so far and will be incorporating your views into our plans.
A lot of feedback we have received so far has focused on preserving the site’s legacy and your Memories of Melwood. Please be assured all your views and suggestions will be incorporated into our plans moving forward.