Construction has started on the next major regeneration project in Hastings town centre. The scheme – named Havelock Place – is now under way in the Priory Quarter business district in Hastings town centre.
Havelock Place will comprise 24,192 sq ft of high quality offices over five storeys. The property is being developed to attract expanding companies in the area and secure significant jobs, with the capacity to accommodate over 350 employees.
Vinci Construction will be building the scheme on behalf of East Sussex economic development company, Sea Change Sussex. It is next to One Priory Square, the recently completed 44,883 sq ft, six-storey office development which is now fully occupied by Saga. The site is also very close to Hastings rail station, the local college and university campus and the town centre amenities.
Vinci started construction with initial piling work this week to set the foundations for Havelock Place. The firm expects to complete the building project by summer 2014.
Sea Change is already in discussions with potential occupiers and is inviting further pre-let enquiries.
The regeneration company could let the whole building to a single occupier, or let separate offices ranging from a 1,353 sq ft ground floor unit to floors of up to 4,550 sq ft.
The Havelock Place scheme has been designed by Proctor & Matthews Architects to have several distinct architectural elements.
A layered masonry façade with colonnade will run along Havelock Road. The predominant material up to third floor level will be brick with perforated panels. The upper two storeys will be stepped back in the form of a glazed pavilion.
Sea Change already has plans to follow this project with the development of a further, adjoining 37,000 sq ft office building as more businesses come to the area.