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St Modwen plans major refurbishment for Huddersfield firm’s premises

A £1.5 million scheme to refurbish the head offices and distribution facilities of Brook Crompton in St Thomas Road, Huddersfield, is planned by St Modwen Ventures Ltd, a development subsidiary of nationwide regeneration specialists St Modwen Properties PLC.

St Modwen, which acquired the site as part of an acquisition from Invensys last year, has agreed to consolidate the firm’s presence on the site by modernising 2,587 sq m (27,850 sq ft) of offices and 5,077 sq m (54,650 sq ft) of distribution space.

On completion, Brook Crompton, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brook Motors Ltd, which manufactures electric motors for industry, will occupy the refurbished space on a new 20-year lease.

At the same time, St Modwen will demolish surplus accommodation to create two development sites of 3.5 acres and 2 acres which are suitable for roadside and commercial uses. Other existing accommodation is to be refurbished for industrial and warehousing occupation in blocks of 1,858 sq m (20,000 sq ft) to 4,645 sq m (50,000 sq ft).

Jeremy Boyd of St Modwen, said: “We’re working closely with Brook Crompton to retain its long standing presence in Huddersfield and at the same time creating a number of new opportunities for other businesses to locate at St Thomas Road. “We have now received planning permission to enable the modernisation work for Brook Crompton to proceed. We hope to have them in full occupation before Christmas.”

Steve Crowther, managing director of Brook Crompton, said: “This marks an exciting new era for Brook Crompton given the number of changes we have seen in recent times. The fact that we are consolidating our presence on the St Thomas Road site, our home since 1916, maintains our heritage whilst equipping us for the future.”

Alec Michael, of letting agents Eddisons, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for commercial occupiers seeking space in Huddersfield . We will commence marketing shortly with land and buildings being available early in 2004. This should be an attractive development proposition given the strong local demand and limited number of similar sites so close to the town centre.”

For further information contact Jeremy Boyd of St Modwen on 01925-825950.

Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121-236-7771).