A £13m regeneration project to turn a former cotton mill into 98 luxury, loft-style apartments is underway.

Grade II listed six-storey building Mather Lane mill in Leigh, which was built in 1882 and sits on the north bank of the Bridgewater Canal, has stood empty for 20 years.

Now, J P McGuire Developments is converting it into 98 one, two and three bedroom apartments, complete with a large reception area, gymnasium, secure parking and bicycle storage.

The gated development, Loom Wharf, will also have a private cinema and large dining room that residents can hire.

All apartments boast high ceilings and generous floor plans, with one-bedroom apartments covering up to 74 sq/m and the biggest apartment covering 165 sq/m.

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The Loom Wharf site at Mather Lane mill

All apartments benefit from large windows with views towards Manchester city centre, Rivington Pike or the Peak District, and some include private balconies.

All apartments have original features and high-quality fit-outs.

Managing director of JP McGuire Developments, Jonathan Twentyman, 53, grew up in Leigh and has built his business – electrical contractor, GENLEC – in the town centre.

He said: “From when I went to the primary school around the corner to starting my own business in the mill opposite, this building has been the backdrop to my life.

"Now, I get to give it a new lease of life with this regeneration project.

"Leigh has already benefited recently from the new busway, which means you can get into the city centre in less than half an hour, and with more investment planned for the town, plus private developments like Loom Wharf, it’s an exciting time for the area.”

The reception and communal areas, designed by interior design studio No Chintz, along with three showroom apartments expected to be completed in July.

The rest of the project is scheduled to complete by the end of the year and 21 apartments have already sold.

Jonathan added: “My aim with Loom Wharf is to make luxury, quality living affordable and accessible to more people.

"We’re not just ticking boxes and getting away with the minimum standards with this property development.

"From installing the best soundproofing between walls and floors and state-of-the-art ventilation systems to keep air clean and purified, to adding modern fittings and features, we're making every effort to make these homes as comfortable and stylish as possible.

“And with Help to Buy available, people can own their own home with mortgage payments of only a few hundred pounds each month for some of the apartments.

"When you consider rents in the city centre, as well as the space that you get, it’s a really attractive option for those looking to get on the property ladder.

"Overall, we’re offering more space and better quality at a fraction of the price compared to other options available in Manchester city centre.”

Prices start at £78,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.

For more information about the project visit loomwharf.co.uk.