The Leigh Spinners Mill is one of the finest mill buildings in the country and is Listed Grade II. It remains in the original ownership but the building is under threat and is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.
A scheme was developed which would see its acquisition and restoration by a new Building Preservation Trust.
The existing Leigh Spinners company would continue in its current location on the ground floor. This preserved 52 jobs and allowed the Leigh Spinners company to continue to produce commercial carpeting and artificial sports surfaces.
This would also open up a large amount of floor space on the upper floors of the complex for a variety of new uses. To make the best use of the site, the project is bringing together a range of commercial, community, education, sports and heritage uses in a unique package that will give the site a sustainable future and support the local economy. The Leigh Building Preservation Trust secured 'Limited by Guarantee' company status and formed a Board.
The organisation has now achieved charitable status and the Board is committed to the long term, sustainable future of the Mill, as an asset to our region. The restoration of the steam engine is a key part of the Leigh Spinners Mill Development project and is planned as the first phase.
THE FIRST PHASE PROJECT
In early 2015, Leigh BPT were successful in assembling a package of funding to allow repairs to the roof of the engine house. This was in a dangerous condition with a potential danger of collapse. The site also needed extensive window and frame replacement and the safe removal of asbestos. The estimated cost of these works on the preferred option being around £300,000 plus internal works and fees.
The project comprised the following elements:
- Secure a 25 year lease on the engine house(agreed see letter from Company)
- Repair the roof of the engine house
- Repair glazing and undertake other building repairs
- Removal of asbestos
- Provide interpretation to enable visitors to see and understand the engine
- Develop a plan and programme for the restoration of the engine
The engine house was opened at a ceremony on 10th September 2015, ahead of the National Heritage Weekend, and has been available for viewing every weekend since. Opening is managed and staffed by our volunteers.
On completion of the wider project we envisage having paid staff and fully trained volunteers available to extend these opening times.
The works to make safe the roof and remove asbestos required extensive scaffolding, which finally came down just a few days before the scheduled opening date of 10th September 2015.
Thanks to the hard work of a large number of volunteers, who put in well over 500 hours of time in September alone, our opening weekend was a huge success. We welcomed over 400 visitors who took the chance to see our Engine House, and gave overwhelmingly positive feedback.
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