European Regional Development Fund

Key developments

There are a number of important commercial property developments currently underway in East Sussex.

These key developments are increasing the supply of high quality commercial property available. Commercial premises are under construction to suit all types and sizes of business, ranging from serviced offices, to industrial units, to large buildings containing adaptable workspaces for start-ups.

North East Bexhill

North East Bexhill, Innovation Park

Bexhill Innovation Park is a major commercial development, supporting up to 3,000 new jobs, taking place in north east Bexhill. The Innovation Park is being made accessible by the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road which is forecast to boost the local economy by £1billion over the next decade.

Outline planning permission has been granted for the first phase of development, Bexhill Innovation Park, which incorporates over 160,000 sq ft of business premises, including a high-quality business centre designed to accommodate companies of all sizes.

North East Bexhill Development

Chaucer Business Park, Polegate

Chaucer Business Park, near Eastbourne, is located next to the A22/A27 Polegate Bypass with easy access to the town, as well as Hastings, Brighton, Uckfield and routes to London. The business park comprises light industrial and warehouse units for sale or to let, in a range of sizes and built to a very high standard. The first set of units became available in spring 2014 and further units are being released in phases.

Chaucer Business Park Development

Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park, Eastbourne

Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park, Eastbourne

Development is now underway at Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park in Eastbourne and is set to attract expanding businesses, as well as start-ups to this prestigious location.

The first development at the Innovation Park, Pacific House, has been established and a majority of units have already been let out to a variety of tenants, suitable for small, medium and large companies alike, with parking spaces for 130 cars. Designed to be a low-energy building, it has a light-filled atrium, break-out areas, and two conference rooms.

In addition to Pacific House, the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has development sites which can accommodate further premises to a total of 94,000 sq ft. Companies can commission Sea Change, the main developer of the park, to develop bespoke freehold or leasehold properties, or buy serviced sites to create as their own. Units will be available in a range from 635sq ft office to an entire building, which has the potential to accommodate up to 300 employees. The Innovation Park is designed to provide an economic boost to the area by providing high-quality premises and sites on previously disused land. It is three miles from Eastbourne town centre and five minutes’ walk to the cafes, restaurants and boutiques of Sovereign Harbour’s marina and retail park.

Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park Development

Priory Quarter, Hastings

Priory Quarter, Hastings

In the centre of the thriving town centre in Hastings is Priory Quarter, which already boasts 80,000 sq ft of commercial premises including One Priory Square which is home to Saga, the town’s largest employer.

Priory Quarter also includes the Creative Media Centre, home to numerous design, creative and media businesses, plus the imposing University of Brighton in Hastings buildings in Priory Square.

Newly opened Havelock Place in Hastings town centre can accommodate up to 350 employees with offices available as ground floor units or for retail use, and upper floors offering office spaces of approximately 4,000 sq ft.

Already home to diagnostic specialist Medica, Havelock Place is accessible for employees and visitors alike, located just two minutes’ walk from two large car parks, the town’s main railway station and bus terminus.

Priory Quarter Development

North Queensway, Hastings

North Queensway, Hastings

North Queensway in Hastings is a 13-acre site in North West Hastings. At its heart is the Innovation Park which is being developed to meet the growing demand for commercial space among local manufacturing companies wishing to expand, as well as for companies from outside the area looking for a new base..

Surrounded by picturesque woodland, the Innovation Park is next to a thriving manufacturing zone, with good road connections, and close to the A21 route to London, as well as just four miles from Hastings town centre and seafront.

Plots are available to purchase or pre-let and can accommodate premises from 25,000 sq ft up to 120,000 sq ft with ample parking - providing space for up to 300 employees in total.

North Queensway Development

North Street Quarter, Lewes

Plans have been submitted to revive a 14.5 acre area encompassing North Street and the former Phoenix Industrial Estate in Lewes. As a result of strong demand for commercial space in the picturesque town, the decision has been taken to regenerate the quarter and improve connections with other parts of the town.

The North Street Quarter has an allocation for mixed use commercial and residential development and will also see the creation of around 350 homes.

North Street Quarter Development

Newhaven

Newhaven Growth Quarter

Architect’s impression of Newhaven Growth Quarter, courtesy of RH Partnership

The economy of Newhaven is being rejuvenated by a £2.25 million Growth Quarter project which has been developed to create and sustain local jobs, and act as a catalyst for the emerging ‘clean, green and marine’ technologies sector.

Opening in 2015, the new multi-million pound University Technical College (UTC) will contribute to the growth quarter by providing a skilled workforce to support this growing sector.

The Newhaven Port Masterplan outlines plans to establish a clean technology and renewable energy business cluster. Under the plan, the East Quay will host a new administration and engineering centre for E.ON, and a new port authority and port control building.

In addition, a planning application has been submitted for a new, 300 metre, multi-purpose quayside at the southern end of the port for the mooring and handling of a variety of vessels and cargoes.

Meanwhile, planning consent has been granted for E.ON’s Rampion Offshore Wind Farm which will consist of between 100 and 175 turbines and will be located 13 to 23km off the Sussex coast.

Newhaven Regeneration (video)

Uckfield

Uckfield Development

A regeneration project is underway to improve the town centre, broadening its range of shops and services. Phase one of the project has begun and includes improving the High Street, upgrading the bus terminus and improving off street parking. Later stages involve the potential creation of a Civic Square linking Luxford Field to the High Street, better use of green areas and providing extra retail space.

In nearby Maresfield, plans are progressing for Ashdown Business Park which sits on a corner plot at the junction of the A272 and the A22, affording easy access to many towns. The owner plans to divide the site into 10 plots and offer them separately so they can be tailored to individual business’s needs.

The business park is to include a café/restaurant, two industrial buildings, a variety of office spaces up to three storeys high, and sites for industrial units.

Planning applications have been submitted and work is expected to begin in February 2015.

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