WORK to convert a massive Colne Valley mill complex gets under way next week.
The long-empty Titanic Mill at Linthwaite is to be transformed into 121 apartments by Manchester developer Lowry Renaissance.
The development will also feature a host of leisure facilities, including a beauty suite, a gymnasium, a swimming pool and a restaurant which will be open to the public.
Brett Woods, technical director for Lowry, said work would begin next Monday on re-routing a public footpath running through the site.
That work would take about 10 to 14 days, after which hoardings would be put up to make the site safe before work on the main mill building begins in mid-February.
Mr Woods said: "We had scheduled to complete the footpath work before Christmas, but we only got Kirklees Council's approval on December 22.
"The footpath diversion will take about two weeks. After that, we have to put up the hoardings."
Mr Woods said work to repair and restore the main mill's stonework, windows and roof would follow and continue throughout the summer.
A site office has already been set up on the mill car park.
The one- and two-bedroom flats, which will occupy the upper floors of the mill, are being marketed at prices ranging from £80,000 to £200,000.
The grade two listed mill was built in 1912 when the Titanic cruise liner sank in the North Atlantic.
It has been empty for more than a decade - falling victim to neglect and vandalism.
The grandeur of the White Star ship will be recaptured in the furnishings and features of the mill developments.
There will be a replica of the ship's sweeping staircase to connect the two levels of the development's Chart Room restaurant, a White Star lounge and a large-scale model of the Titanic set into the bottom of the swimming pool.