A project by Leigh Building Preservation Trust to rescue Grade II* listed cotton spinning mill
The Leigh Spinners Mill in Greater Manchester is a rare example of a double cotton mill built in two phases, the first of which was completed in 1913 and the second in 1925. An important feature of the Mill is the original steam engine, which will be restored during the first phase of the project.
Leigh Spinners continued to spin cotton until the 1950s, but the decline of the industry means that it now focuses on carpets and synthetic turf. The workforce is much smaller than in its heyday but it is still operated by the family firm that built it.
Leigh Building Preservation Trust has been established to work in partnership with Leigh Spinners with the objective of rescuing the historic building and enabling the company to remain in production there. The Trust also wants to introduce other uses that are of benefit to the local community.
From May 2014 PRT has helped the Trust engage a wider community through key stakeholder and public open events; develop ideas for new uses on the site and build the case for their applications to funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In January 2016 PRT, with support from PFBC and WSP Global, undertook a two-day heritage-led Enquiry by Design workshop with Leigh BPT to explore options for the redevelopment of the site, and produced a two-phase masterplan for the site to unlock a future for the building under Leigh BPT ownership.