Hundreds of jobs will be created at the Sowerby Bridge Copley Valley employment site as the first business is announced to move into the site by the end of the year.
The BCA Group, which is currently based in Elland and manufactures electrical systems and electronics, has agreed to purchase the largest unit of 31,250 sq ft (2,903 sq m).
Construction of this and the remaining three units on the Copley Valley project being delivered by Calderdale Council and Genr8 Developments started this week.
Managing Director of BCA, Adam Slater said: “I look forward to standing on the steps of the building when it is complete and open for business. We have really appreciated the assistance from Calderdale Council, and this support has enabled us to go ahead with a project of this size.”
The business space will be built by Marshall Construction (West Yorkshire) Ltd and is scheduled for completion at the end of December 2016.
Genr8’s selected delivery partner for the residential element of the scheme, Taylor Wimpey, has also begun work on building 148 homes.
Genr8 partner Richard Ingham said: ”It’s great news for the overall development that Commercial Development Projects has been successful in signing up BCA for the first unit on the employment site. We knew demand would be healthy and after several years of hard work delivering the scheme’s complex infrastructure we are excited to be moving to the next stage of this flagship mixed use scheme.”
A new nature reserve will also be delivered as part of this major regeneration project.
The European Regional Development Fund for the Yorkshire and Humber region part-funded elements of the site’s infrastructure including extensive land remediation and civil engineering works to build a new road and bridge over the Calder and canal, along with flood defences.