A SPRAWLING manufacturing site in Huddersfield is being transformed following a string of complex business deals.
The future of the 15-acre site straddling St Thomas's Road, Longroyd Bridge, was in doubt after electric motor firm Brook Crompton ended manufacture there.
Now developer St Modwen Ventures has completed a package of transactions to ensure the whole site has new uses.
Brook Crompton has moved its 100-strong staff into refurbished buildings north of St Thomas's Road and uses the premises as its UK head office and distribution business.
Buildings vacated by Brook Crompton on the north side of the road have been sold to SKA Textiles Ltd.
The textile firm will transfer its operations to St Thomas's Road from Commercial Mills, Firth Street, later this year.
The Firth Street premises are being converted into flats as part of the 1535 The Melting Point apartments scheme.
In addition, two-and-a-half acres south of St Thomas's Road has been sold to Huddersfield Christian Fellowship.
The group is set to build a new church on the site with room for 1,500 worshippers and facilities including a coffee shop, teaching block and youth rooms.
St Modwen has also been granted planning permission for a 24,000sq ft trade park on another part of the old Brook Crompton site south of the road. The park is expected to create up to 40 jobs.
Work has begun to build five units of diferent sizes, suitable for businesses such as plumbing and electrical trade suppliers.
Bill Hunter, of Kirklees Council's economic development service, said: "We are very pleased that the site has been substantially retained for business and employment."
Mr Hunter said the trade park would be a welcome addition to facilities available in the town.