Work is under way on a £2m industrial development close to the heart of Huddersfield – and a quarter of the site is already earmarked for occupation.

That should mean a major jobs boost for the town.

Commercial property rental business Towndoor Ltd said ground preparation work had now been completed on its 1.2-acre site at Albert Works in Albert Street, Lockwood.

The Dyeworks development taking shape on the site of a former spinning mill, is expected to create between 80 to 100 jobs.

The scheme will provide eight stone and metal clad industrial units for rent ranging in size from 2,500sq ft to 26,000 sq ft and featuring solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, fibre optic broadband connections and the latest fire and security systems.

The site will also include a large service yard.

Contractor JM Building Services Ltd, of Holmfirth, has completed a five-week programme to install the ground beams and lay the foundations for the site. The next phase will see the erection of steel framework for the first of the eight units.

Impression of the The Dyeworks scheme which is under way at Albert Street in Lockwood

Towndoor, working with commercial property agent Walker Singleton and law firm Wilkinson Woodward, said it had already secured a “blue chip” client to take 25% of the units in advance of completion. The unnamed business is set to move in this November.

Nick Charlton, architecture and construction project manager for Towndoor, said: “We have had a lot of interest in he other units.”

Towndoor took possession of the site in February with demolition of disused buildings taking place during the spring. The whole scheme is due for completion in May or June next year.

The development adds to Towndoor’s portfolio of industrial and commercial properties, which include sites in Meltham Mills, Netherton and Leeds together accounting for more than 100 units.