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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has officially opened Havelock Place – a £7 million, 24,000 sq ft new office development in Hastings’ Priory Quarter.

He also met business leaders from across Sussex to discuss the economic redevelopment taking place in the area and how government funding can help support this.

At Havelock Place, the Chancellor welcomed the office development’s first tenant – Medica, a leading provider of radiology reporting services. He handed the Medica team, which has recently expanded to take on 12 new staff, the keys to its new office.


(From L-R). Amber Rudd MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne and John Shaw from Seachange look over the plans for Priory Quarter

The Chancellor then met the main partners behind the Havelock Place project, including economic development company Sea Change Sussex, building firm Vinci Construction UK, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and East Sussex County Council. He discussed the success of the scheme and plans for other projects in East Sussex supported by the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

Following this, the Chancellor attended a roundtable session where he met businesses based in and around Hastings to discuss the local economy and government support for those looking to expand. These included manufacturers Marshall Tufflex and General Dynamics and insurance company Hastings Direct.

George Osborne said: “Today, I’ve seen first-hand the regeneration taking place in Hastings and the positive effect it’s having on the local economy. Government support, through such schemes as the Growing Places Fund, has boosted projects like Havelock Place, providing much needed finance to get important developments going.

The government’s long term economic plan is to back business and support local economies, which are vital for providing jobs and security for hard-working people. What I’ve seen today shows this plan is working and highlights East Sussex as a great coastal business location.”

Havelock Place has been developed over the past 18 months by economic development company Sea Change Sussex.

John Shaw, CEO of Sea Change Sussex, commented: “The Chancellor’s visit gave us a chance to showcase Havelock Place and hand over the keys to Medica as our first tenant.  Medica is now fitting out its top floor office suite ready for occupancy by its expanded radiology business in October. We were also able to brief the Chancellor on progress across the range of business development projects being supported by the Government in East Sussex.”

Havelock Place is a 24,192 sq ft scheme within which offices are now available to let as ground floor units of 1,353 and 1,483 sq ft (also available for retail use) and upper floors of approximately 4,000 sq ft.

The property can accommodate up to 350 employees. It offers:

  • full air-conditioning and full access raised floors
  • suspended ceilings with recessed lighting
  • showers on three floors
  • two 8-person lifts
  • a high quality entrance hall
  • full disabled access

It is the latest office development in the Priory Quarter town centre business district. It stands two minutes’ walk from two large car parks, the town’s main rail station, bus terminus and taxi rank.

It also stands next to two other recently developed properties:

  • Lacuna Place is now owned by the University of Brighton as part of its Hastings campus – with two additional teaching buildings also within Priory Quarter
  • One Priory Square was purchased in 2011 by Saga for its new insurance operation, which has now become Hastings’ largest town centre employer

For more information on Havelock Place and Priory Quarter, visit www.prioryquarter.co.uk.

New Hastings commercial property web site launches as latest offices near completion

A new web site has been launched for Hastings’ Priory Quarter town centre business and education district. See www.prioryquarter.co.uk. This comes as Havelock Place, the latest commercial property within the district, nears completion.

The new web site is designed to provide a highly visual view of the business opportunities within Priory Quarter, which is being developed by economic development company Sea Change Sussex.

The web site presents the long-term masterplan for the area, the premises developed to-date and the latest commercial property schemes available.

Of most current significance within the district is Havelock Place (shown), which Sea Change is due to complete by September.prioryqtrbuilding

Havelock Place is a 24,192 sq ft, high-quality, contemporary commercial property scheme arranged over five floors.

It stands next to Saga Insurance’s HQ and within two minutes’ walk of two large public car parks, the town’s main rail station, bus terminus and taxi rank, Sussex Coast College and Hastings’ university.

Offices are available to let within Havelock Place in the form of:

  • ground floor units of 1,353 and 1,483 sq ft
  • upper floor offices of approximately 4,000 sq ft or
  • the full 24,192 sq ft building which can accommodate 350 employees

The ground floor units, with frontages onto Havelock Road, can also be let for retail use.

Letting discussions for Havelock Place are taking place now. Interested parties should visit www.prioryquarter.co.uk or contact one of Sea Change’s agents:

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.


Hastings office space continues to grow.

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.