A NEW shopping and housing development in Hipperholme is nearing completion after months of work.
Brighouse based Strecap Properties Ltd are behind the build on land in between Leeds Road and Wakefield Road, opposite the Hipperholme library.
Local entrepreneur Colin Wormald, who has interests in retail, property and energy consultancy, and is the owner of Strecap Properties Ltd, said he hopes the development shows what can be done despite the tough economic times.
“I’m hoping to show other local builders and businesses what can be achieved and to show people that builders aren’t just sat on sites.
“There has been a lot of interest in the retail units and negotiations are still ongoing,” he said. “There may appear to be less people on site but there are plenty of people busy inside completing the work.
“There has also people taking an interest in the apartments that should be completed soon.
“We are looking at the end of October for all the work to be completed and we hope to have a grand opening ceremony.”
The construction will see six shopping units and ten duplex apartments which will have two bedrooms and have already gone on the market.
There will be additional secure parking for customers and residents underneath the building.
KLH Projects Ltd based in Brighouse were awarded the contract for the design and build project.
Plans were unveiled in November 2011 when work started on the build.
The project has employed locally based sub-contractors and a professional team headed by chartered architect David H. Horton.
Nearby businesses and residents said at the time when the development was taking shape that it may bring some problems to the area but overall hope it adds something new to the village.