LEIGH PRESERVATION TRUST
The principal purpose of the Trust is to acquire and restore the Leigh Spinners Mill, in the town of Leigh. The mill comprising two virtually identical mills built in 1913 and 1923 is the largest building in Leigh and is a grade II* listed building on the Historic England Buildings at Risk Register. The building is still in the freehold ownership of Leigh Spinners Ltd., the original developer of the complex who remain in partial occupation manufacturing artificial turf and carpets. The company will remain in their existing space but the Trust will have the right to retain all income from the currently vacant space which it will restore.
The Trust is currently restoring the mill The Trust has secured a 99 year lease on Mill Number Two which it is currently restoring having secured funding of £520,000. This follows three earlier phases of restoration at a cost of £545,000 which has restored the engine house and brought its original engine back into operation as well as creating an education centre and local heritage centre. The works to Mill Two will repair the roof and will fit out two of the four vacant floors for sports and enterprise uses. Thus far 21 tenants have agreed to take space within the mill.
We have now turned our attention to Mill One. This is in a worse condition, hence the initial concentration on Mill Two, given the limited resources available. The intention is to seek substantial Heritage Lottery funding for Mill One.
Thus far we have sought only limited assistance from HLF in order to demonstrate a track record of achievement to strengthen our case for a substantial grant award. We have, however, noticed a significant deterioration in the condition of the roof of Mill One with large volumes of water leaking in and given the timescales involved in securing funding from Heritage Lottery we are concerned that the roof will deteriorate considerably causing damage to the mill and increasing restoration costs.
Successfully reaching our target means that the Trust will take a 99 year lease on Mill One. More importantly the works will prevent water penetration, allowing the mill to begin to dry out and halting the deterioration of the ceilings and floors. The action will enable the Trust to begin repairs and to provide a secure storage facility for a number of textile machines and other industrial artefacts which are at risk in other museums and heritage centres.
The Trust has an enviable track record of securing funding and has recently secured a Heritage Lottery award to develop its project for Mill One of the Leigh Spinners Mill complex.
The Lottery funding now allows us to recruit a project manager to assist with the management of the project and ultimately to the submission of a major bid for heritage Lottery funding.
The document below sets out the Trust’s aspirations for the Project Manager position. This will be for an average of two days a week for twenty-six weeks. The position is however less about time but more about commitment to deliver the aims of the project namely all the information needed to submit a successful major bid.
Project Manager – Role Duties
Project management responsibilities include delivering the project on time within budget and scope. Project managers should have a background in business skills, management, budgeting and analysis.
Project managers are skilled at getting the best out of the people and projects that they oversee. They thrive when planning projects and working with project teams. In this case the project team will consist of a number of consultants and liaison with key stakeholders including the Trust Board, volunteers and a wide variety of key stakeholders.
- Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the execution of projects
- Ensure that all projects are delivered within the triple constraint
- Developing project scopes and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical viability
- Manage resource availability and allocation
- Develop a detailed project plan to track progress
- Use appropriate verification techniques to manage changes in project scope, schedule and costs
- Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools and techniques
- Report and escalate to the Trust Board as needed
- Manage the relationship with the client, wider community and all stakeholders
- Utilise risk management techniques, to minimize project risks
- Establish and maintain relationships with third parties
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
- Create and present status reports to the Board
- Support the Board, in creation of funding documentation
- Relevant educational background and experience, preferably in the fields of heritage, construction, community development
- Proven working experience as a project administrator in the heritage and/or community sectors
- Solid technical background, with understanding or hands-on experience in project development
- Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
- Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
- Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly spreadsheets and Project Management software
- PMP / PRINCE II certification or experience is required