THE first residents of the new Loom Wharf development in Leigh have moved into their new homes, following a £13m regeneration project to turn the former cotton mill into luxury, loft-style apartments.

JP McGuire Developments began the transformation of the Grade II Listed building on Mather Street two years ago.

The large mill, which sits on the bank of the Bridgewater Canal and was first built in 1882, had stood empty for 20 years before the property developer took it over.

With high ceilings and large floorplans, the one, two and three bedroom apartments in the development are spacious, with the largest apartment covering 165m². There are eight penthouse apartments, which each contain their own outside space with far reaching views across Manchester, the Peak District, and beyond.

As well as containing original features such as large windows and brick walls to preserve, JP McGuire Developments has fitted out each home with high specification kitchens, flooring, heating, ventilation, and security systems.

In total the development has seen 99 apartments created.

To date, 82 of the apartments have sold. Now, the property developer has started to move in the new residents in stages to ensure that people can adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The final stage of the development will see JP McGuire Developments put the finishing touches to the communal areas, which include an on-site gym, private cinema and large dining room.

Jonathan Twentyman, managing director of JP McGuire Developments, said: “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved here in Leigh. Our aim was always to create attractive, comfortable homes for local people and we’ve transformed this beautiful red brick mill into homes that have everything you need for modern living, while still keeping the character and heritage of the building. We’ve had a great response and we’ve now only got a small number of apartments left, including some of the penthouse apartments.

“Taking on such a large project hasn’t been without its challenges, particularly in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic, which understandably caused some delays on site. But thanks to the dedication and skill of the team who have worked on it, we’ve turned our ambitious plans into a reality, and it’s fantastic to welcome the first residents into their new homes.”

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