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Sea Change Sussex: Property moves across East Sussex

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Economic development agency Sea Change Sussex has seen a flurry of activity with its property schemes along the south coast.


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In Bexhill, the company is in advanced discussions about further lettings at its High Weald House business centre, while some offices within the property are still available to let from 620 sq ft upwards.

Cataract specialist SpaMedica is also operating from the property to give East Sussex residents fast, easy access to NHS eye treatment.

SpaMedica’s new hospital occupies a large part of the ground floor of High Weald House and employs 17 staff – and it’s recruiting more nurses to support its growing number of patients.

Emma Shaw, SpaMedica’s Head of Property, said: “In seeking to bring our services to East Sussex, we looked at many properties around the Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne area and decided High Weald House was the best option.

“It’s in a scenic location and the building is highly attractive – both important factors in creating a calming, peaceful location for our patients. It enables us to provide the kind of high-quality environment you’d normally expect from a private medical provider.”


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A few miles to the west in Eastbourne, Sea Change Sussex’s Pacific House offices on the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park have attracted several new tenants.

Loch Associates Group, a legal and HR services firm, has moved 10 staff into the building and is hiring more.

Established in 2007, the business has doubled its turnover and staff numbers over the last three years. And, with offices in London, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, it has now opened an Eastbourne office within Pacific House to support its continued expansion.

James Bradshaw, Loch’s Director of Strategy, commented: “We conducted a thorough exploration of locations and office options before settling on Pacific House. With its modern and well-appointed design, it’s complemented by excellent local amenities and transport links.

“Being in this building aligns perfectly with our style of business and offers the ideal environment to support our growth ambitions.”

Professional Insurance Agents has also taken an office in Pacific House.

A commercial insurance broker with 11 employees which specialises in professional indemnity policies, it was recently acquired by US insurance giant Brown & Brown and has bold plans to expand.

The company had been based in its own building in Eastbourne but decided it was time to move. It wanted to stay in the town and its management team assessed several local property options, selecting Pacific House offices as the most suitable.

Director Ellie Smith explained: “Pacific House impressed us as a modern, low-maintenance property in a great location, so we’ve taken an office on the ground floor. It’s a major benefit that it’s a serviced office: this takes away the headache of managing our own property so we can focus on growing the business instead.

“We’re excited to be here and it’s great for our staff, who are happily settled into their new office.”

In addition, BMR Construction has moved into the building, taking a second-floor office to manage its portfolio of building projects across Sussex and to expand into social housing.

Established in Kent in 2013, BMR creates school, residential, community and commercial buildings across London and the southeast.

The company has found high demand for its services in Sussex, with recent projects including assisted living contracts for East Sussex County Council, residential schemes, and a health centre for the Mayfield independent girls school.

BMR has also formed a partnership with Eastbourne-based affordable housing specialist Goscombe to deliver social housing schemes, with Goscombe manufacturing modular homes offsite and BMR installing them.

In searching for a new office to support its Sussex business, BMR looked at premises in Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings before opting for Pacific House.

MD Tom McDowell said: “With our increasing number of projects in the county and a new partnership with Goscombe, a Sussex office was the next logical step for our business. The only question was: ‘where?’

“We felt Eastbourne provided an ideal set of advantages. And Pacific house is a great, well-designed building with an inspiring, airy feel and a tangible sense of headspace to think clearly.”

Further offices are available to let within Pacific House from 620 sq ft upwards.

St Leonards-on-Sea

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Meanwhile, in St Leonards, Sea Change Sussex’s Marina Pavilion seafront leisure property has just gone onto the market.

It’s a two-storey property totalling nearly 14,000 sq ft with panoramic views over the English Channel. The lower section was built in the 1930s and has an extensive beach-facing balcony, while the upper part was added in recent years as part of the local regeneration programme.

It has large, flexible trading areas suitable for a wide range of leisure and hospitality uses.

Sea Change Sussex is inviting proposals via its joint agents, Fleurets and Dyer & Hobbis, so it can bring this popular seafront facility back into use for the local community.

More details

If anyone is interested in finding out more about High Weald House, Pacific House or Marina Pavilion, they should get in touch with Alex Hobbis from Sea Change Sussex’s agents Dyer & Hobbis at ahobbis@dyerandhobbis.com or on 01424 423626.

To see all of the commercial properties available from Sea Change Sussex on NovaLoca follow the link here.

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