Architects move into Eastbourne’s Pacific House – and tech firm expands

Posted on: November 23, 2020

Architects CPL are moving into Pacific House on our Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park in Eastbourne, while existing occupier SystemActive has expanded into its second office within the building.

CPL Chartered Architects specialises in designing contemporary ecclesiastical and residential developments across the country, including a growing list of projects across the south east, south west, midlands and north east.

It also designs youth centres, conference venues and facilities for people with special needs. CPL’s projects include Bristol’s St Michael’s Church Centre, Egham’s St John’s Church (pictured), Prestwood’s Holy Trinity Church, Bermondsey’s Salmon Youth Centre and Eastbourne’s JPK sheltered housing facility and new Emmanuel Church.

CPL’s St John’s Church in Egham

 

The company’s southern office has been based on the Chaucer Business Park in Polegate, East Sussex, for the last nine years, until the firm recently undertook an assessment of its properties. Its management team looked at a range of options around the Eastbourne area and chose to relocate to Pacific House.

Phil Winch, Principal Architect, explains:

“We have projects right across the country and need effective systems for flexible, remote working. We undertook a premises review to support that and decided to move to a new office hub where our team can get together for meetings and collaborative work.

“We agreed Pacific House was the best option for us. We like its location in Sovereign Harbour and – as architects ourselves – appreciate the thoughtful building design with its central, top-lit atrium spaces. We were also attracted by the high-quality shared facilities and chance to be part of a community of professional firms.”

CPL is furnishing its new office on the second floor of Pacific House, ready to move in by early December. You can see more about the company on its website at: www.cplarchitects.co.uk.

Meanwhile, tech firm SystemActive, which has been in Pacific House since 2018, is expanding into a second office on the ground floor of the building to accommodate its business growth.

Established in 1998, SystemActive is an IT hardware provider, supplying computer equipment to all types of businesses and education establishments from small law firms to global media companies and schools throughout the UK. It has 15 employees in Pacific House with additional staff in Heathfield and Tamworth.

Dean Lang, SystemActive Director, says:

“We’re growing rapidly with no intention of slowing down! And I’m grateful to our customers, colleagues and partners for their support and loyalty throughout the years which has driven this growth.

“Pacific house is perfect for us. We originally moved here from Heathfield because the easy transport routes from surrounding areas enables us to hire great employees. The area has everything from nice restaurants and bars to superstores and clothing shops. We’re also walking distance from the beach, which helps for those stressful days! There’s a strong sense of community within the building: everyone’s friendly and we all help each other where we can.

“To accommodate our expansion, we never considered a change of location because we love it here. We’d like to take even more space within the building next year if we continue our current expansion.”

Some of the SystemActive team in Pacific House

 

See more on SystemActive at: https://systemactive.co.uk.

About Pacific House:  Pacific House is our contemporary, three-floor business centre. It is largely occupied but has a small number of offices available for small and medium companies.

The low-energy building incorporates a light-filled atrium, conference facilities and break-out areas for informal meetings.

In addition to Pacific House, our Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has sites which can accommodate further premises up to 80,000 sq ft. Companies can commission us to develop bespoke freehold or leasehold properties for them or can buy serviced sites to create their own.

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.

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

You can also visit www.sovereigninnovationpark.co.uk for more information and to download a brochure.