Eastbourne offices get green light from planners

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Plans for high-quality new offices and workshops in Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour were given the go-ahead by Eastbourne Borough Council on 4 March 2015.

The business centre scheme is a project from local economic development company Sea Change Sussex. Sea Change intends to start construction shortly, subject to fulfilling the planning conditions, and to complete the premises in 2015. Interested occupiers should get in touch.

The project is designed to help local firms start and expand and to attract companies to the area in order to boost economic activity and generate jobs. It supports the goal of Eastbourne Borough Council’s Local Plan to increase employment significantly in this part of the town.

The scheme is a three-storey, 35,000 sq ft building. It will have a flexible layout of offices and workshops to suit a mix of occupiers – up to 70 small businesses, fewer medium sized firms or one or two large companies. Offices and workshops to let will be available from 300 sq ft to the total 25,000 sq ft of net lettable space.

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Pacific House – artist’s impression

The building will also incorporate a large central atrium and communal spaces to enable people from different companies to meet, talk and work together. 

Sea Change will develop the centre – which has been designed by Aedas Architects – on a vacant site at the corner of Pevensey Bay Road and Pacific Drive in Sovereign Harbour.

Sovereign Harbour is 2.5 miles north-east of Eastbourne town centre. It has been developed over 20 years to become an important leisure, residential – and now business – area. It comprises four harbours, a retail park and a variety of housing developments.

A Sea Change Sussex spokesperson commented: “We welcome Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning decision for our Sovereign Harbour business scheme – and the positive comments from the Chair and members of the planning committee. 

“Our job is now to ensure we resolve the planning conditions and put arrangements in place for a prompt start to create the business centre.”

The scheme is one project within Sea Change’s broader economic development portfolio in East Sussex. Other projects include prestigious new offices in Hastings’ Priory Quarter town centre business district, an Enterprise Park in north-east Bexhill and the North Queensway Innovation Park in St Leonards. 

Letting enquiries:

Companies interested in finding out more about the Eastbourne business centre or any of Sea Change’s other schemes should get in touch with the company on 01424 858 287 or info@seachangesussex.co.uk.

They can also contact its agents:

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Contact Tariq Khwaja from TK Associates on tariq.khwaja@tk-associates.com or 01932 224 212.