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BTP appointed as architect for historic mill redevelopment

BTP has recently been appointed to prepare proposals for a multi million pound project to redevelop landmark historic mills in Leigh.

We are assisting client, the Leigh Building Preservation Trust on its journey to bring this largely vacant mill complex back into use as a community and enterprise hub creating new jobs and local facilities through the restoration and development of the enormous spaces within the mills.

BTP is exploring various options with the Trust to redevelop the mill buildings to accommodate new sports uses, a microbrewery, textile machinery exhibition and a multi-purpose space for conferences, film and theatre.

With the first mill constructed in 1913-15 and the second in 1923-25, Leigh Spinners mill is one of the most important mill complexes in the UK. It is almost unique in being an intact double mill, complete with engine houses, a mill lodge and chimney. It has been listed at Grade II* by Historic England.  A major feature of the mill is its steam engine, possibly the last surviving engine to have been placed within a mill and it is the largest of its type ever built.

Adrian Pearson (AABC/RIBA SCA) conservation architect at BTP said “Having been involved at the Mill for over ten years I am delighted that BTP Architects have been appointed to assist the Trust in the next phase of the regeneration of the complex. Whist we are about to commence on a project to restore the historic fabric of the west elevation of Mill 2, the proposed interventions and repairs to Mill 1 are a huge milestone in the rebirth of the historic building. These will make all levels of the building truly accessible and will provide flexible accommodation to foster new businesses and deliver wider employment opportunities.”

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