Phase one of modern industrial hub completed at historic site

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THE transformation of a former Victorian textile mill complex site into a modern business park is on the way to completion with the creation of six industrial buildings.

The historic 13-acre Park Valley Mills site in Lockwood, Huddersfield, will eventually feature 18 new industrial units with office and storage space.

Park Valley Mills, which was bought by Holmfirth Dyers in 2010, had previously been derelict for many years, with buildings falling into disrepair.

Four of the new units are already occupied following the completion of phase one and work on phase two, which will feature up to 9,250 of industrial space, divided into units as required, has now begun.The first two phases cost £1.75m.

Martin Duckett, managing director of Holmfirth Dyers, said: “There is a distinct lack of high-quality units in Huddersfield, so we have not been surprised by the demand for our attractive and practical modern units, which start from 2,200 sq ft and can be adapted to suit tenants’ requirements. Rents are in the region of £6.85 per sq ft

“Our aim, which is now being achieved, is to create opportunities for local businesses and to encourage them to come to a site in attractive peaceful surroundings, yet situated close to the centre of Huddersfield.”

The tenants on site already include Holmfirth Dyers, which has taken 9,700 sq ft of manufacturing and storage space; heating and air conditioning company Midland Jay, which has taken 2,200 sq ft; Process Imaging Equipment Services, which has taken 2,200 sq ft; and Denby Dale Coffee, which has also taken 2,200 sq ft.

Mike Haigh, partner at property agent Dove Haigh Phillips, said: “There has been strong interest in the two last units of phase one units and deals are close to being finalised.”

The site already houses a new dyehouse – the first of its kind to be built in the UK for 20 years - which is capable of handling 50 tonnes of material a week.