(Was known as Spinning Jenny Way)
The development site at The Loom was originally occupied by Quinn radiators, who specialised in the production of domestic radiators. The site consisted of a series of 18th century mill buildings to more modern steel frame buildings with low level brick and block work and sheet cladding.
The commencement date for demolition was in October 2010 and lasted 20 weeks. The timescales for construction were tight, with the first foundations being cast on the reopening of the site on January 4th 2011.
The site now consists of a format 80 Glulam/steel hybrid framed Tesco extra supermarket with 119,000 square feet of retail space, a seven screen Cineworld cinema with an overall footprint of 26,000 square feet, four A3 retail units consisting of 12, 000 square feet, landscaping, external car-parking, concrete service yards and roads together with all street furniture, and a petrol filling station on site.
A competition was held with the neighbouring local primary schools to name the development. The successful winner came up with “The Loom” a name derived through Leigh’s historical involvement with the industrial revolution, cotton and silk industries.
The final handover was on July 4th 2011, with the Tesco extra store being finished over six weeks early to allow the fit out to commence. This was made possible because of the continuity between McLaren shell and core constructors and McLaren fit out constructors.