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havelock place hastingsCompanies can now get top quality new offices in East Sussex on ultra-flexible terms in a pioneering move to address the Brexit market.

As part of the economic development programme for the area, Sea Change Sussex has introduced a three-month notice period in its leases which, innovatively, can be served by occupiers at any time. This is designed to provide an exceptional degree of flexibility for companies facing unknown market conditions as the UK plans its EU withdrawal.

These new terms are available as part of three-year leases for Sea Change’s small and medium offices in:

  • Havelock Place, Hastings: the high-quality development in the Priory Quarter town centre business district, with eligible units from 541 to 1,659 sq ft
  • Pacific House, Eastbourne: the contemporary new business centre in Sovereign Harbour, with units available from 627 sq ft upwards
  • A forthcoming business centre on the Bexhill Enterprise Park, with units from 600 sq ft upwards pre-letting now.

John Shaw, CEO of Sea Change Sussex, says: “Companies are telling us they still want to invest and grow following the EU referendum, but they feel the economic road ahead will be less certain for some time. So we’ve introduced new leases which means they can have the quality of new premises they want along with an extremely high level of flexibility to react to market conditions as they unfold.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Sea Change’s offices and its new ultra-flexible leases should contact one of the company’s agents:

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Locate East Sussex has played a pivotal role in securing the first business for a proposed new development in St Leonards.

The business support service gave relocation advice to furniture makers Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd as the company’s current site on The Ridge, Hastings, had been earmarked for residential development. Locate East Sussex introduced its managing director Steve Smedley to commercial developer Sea Change Sussex to discuss opportunities at North Queensway Innovation Park.

Now Sea Change Sussex is bringing forward proposals for a new facility for Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd, which employs 45 staff in the production of its high-quality upholstered furniture, as the first development on the North Queensway Innovation Park.

Adam Berger, Location Service Manager at Locate East Sussex, said: “I’m delighted that the advice we gave Michael Tyler Furniture Ltd and our introduction to Sea Change Sussex has proved so useful.

“We are experts at giving impartial advice on business location and our close working relationship with local authorities, commercial agents and developers means we are best placed to provide information about key development sites.”

Steve Smedley added: “I am grateful for the assistance that we received from Adam Berger of Locate East Sussex in introducing us to this opportunity. I look forward to our future collaboration with Locate East Sussex as we continue to grow Michael Tyler Furniture in the future”

The scheme being put forward by Sea Change Sussex is for an approximately 30,000 sq ft single-storey building including workshops, a showroom, offices, a staff common room, canteen and car park.

The building would be on a plot immediately to the right of the entrance from Queensway.

Sea Change is showing the proposals to nearby residents for their comments before submitting a planning application for the scheme in the near future.

The North Queensway Innovation Park is approximately 12 acres and is on Queensway in St Leonards.

It is capable of accommodating up to 120,000 sq ft of business premises and is part of Sea Change’s programme to develop high-quality business sites and premises in order to secure and grow local job opportunities, as envisaged in the borough’s Local Plan.

Sea Change has already cleared plots on the Innovation Park and created a junction from Queensway and entrance into the site. The company has been involved in discussions with several potential occupiers, with Michael Tyler’s the first occupier scheme to be designed.

If the scheme goes ahead, Sea Change would at the same time install drainage and develop part of the site road network to provide access and services to the facility. The works would also include the planting of trees, wildflowers and grasses to reinforce the natural screening between the new building and the High Beech Chalet Park to the north-west.

If the scheme receives planning consent this year, construction is likely to take place in 2016.

Pacific House – the first office centre on Eastbourne’s emerging Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park – has now been completed.

To coincide with this, a web site for the Innovation Park has been launched at www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk.

Twenty two prospective tenants viewed the offices on the first open afternoon last Thursday, 16 July, with a number reserving offices and further viewings booked.

Pacific House

Pacific House is a three-floor business centre of striking contemporary architectural design. With offices available within it ranging from 627 sq ft up to the whole 25,235 sq ft building, it is suitable for small, medium and large companies.

There are 11 small suites on the ground floor (from 627 to 952 sq ft), six medium-sized offices on the first floor (1,258 – 1,897 sq ft) and two large offices on the second floor (4,402 & 4,412 sq ft). If appropriate, these could be combined or sub-divided to suit occupiers’ needs.

In addition to the office suites, Pacific House incorporates a light-filled atrium, break-out areas for informal meetings and a conference room. It is designed to be a low-energy building with parking spaces for 130 cars.

Developer Sea Change Sussex – the not-for-profit regeneration company for East Sussex – has already received a significant number of letting enquiries from companies in Eastbourne and further afield.

In addition to the 22 prospective occupiers who viewed the property last week, further viewings are being arranged over the coming days. Sovereign Harbour Residents Association members and Eastbourne Borough councillors are also being shown the building in late July.

Buckingham Group Contracting began construction work for Pacific House in September 2014 and completed the project on schedule.

In addition to Pacific House, Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has sites suitable for further business premises up to 80,000 sq ft. Companies can commission Sea Change to develop bespoke freehold or leasehold properties for them, or buy serviced sites to develop their own.

The Innovation Park project is designed to provide an economic boost to the area by providing high-quality premises and sites on previously disused land. It aims to help local firms expand and to attract companies to the area, creating jobs.

The Park is three miles from Eastbourne town centre and accessed from Pacific Drive, off Pevensey Bay Road. It is five minutes’ walk to the cafes, restaurants and boutiques of Sovereign Harbour’s prestigious marina, as well as a retail park including a large supermarket, cinema and gym.

Anyone interested in offices in Pacific House or sites on the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park should contact one of Sea Change’s agents:

They can also visit the new web site at www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk to see more information and images of the scheme and download a brochure for Pacific House.


Construction work to develop the Bexhill Innovation Park to the north-east of Bexhill has reached an early milestone: the steel frame of the first building has been completed.

Named Glovers House, this building will be a high quality, contemporary business centre over three floors. With offices to let within it ranging from 627 sq ft to the whole 25,235 sq ft property, it will be able to house a combination of small, medium and large companies.

Construction of Glovers House began last October with ground and foundation works.  The steel frame has now been completed and the roof and floors installed.  The next step will be to create the external façade and install windows.

The building is on schedule to be completed later this summer. Letting discussions are under way.

The Bexhill Innovation Park is being developed by economic development company Sea Change Sussex to help local firms expand and attract companies to the area in order to generate local jobs.

As well as Glovers House, the Bexhill Innovation Park has sites for up to a further 220,000 sq ft of premises. Companies can commission Sea Change to develop freehold or leasehold properties for them or buy the sites to develop their own.

Complemented by significant home building plans for the area, the Innovation Park will help to create a major new business and residential community to the north-east of Bexhill.

It will be accessed from the north via the forthcoming Link Road and, from the south, via the new ‘Gateway Road’ which Sea Change is developing to connect to Bexhill’s Wrestwood Road.

Anyone interested in offices in Glovers House or sites on the Bexhill Innovation Park should contact one of Sea Change’s agents:



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.