Lawson Commercial Supports History of Uckfield High Street Exhibition

Lawson Commercial is very pleased to be supporting the Uckfield & District Preservation Society with their Exhibition ‘A History of Uckfield High Street’. The Exhibition is to be held at Bridge Cottage from 24th March to 7th April.


We ourselves have been trading in Uckfield for some 30 years and during that time we have built up quite a large portfolio of High Street shops that we have marketed through that period. It is very interesting going back and looking at some of the old photos on our files and seeing the changes to the High Street over that time.

We are pleased to support the Exhibition and have supplied a number of photos which we hope will be of interest to visitors.

Mr Fluffy and his Sheep come to Uckfield High Street

Carpet retailer Sebastian Bishop, who trades as Fluffy Side Up and is known locally as Mr Fluffy, is opening a shop in Uckfield High Street.

His famous sheep used to spend may happy hours attracting attention on the turf outside his former premises in Bell Lane and are now going to be based in the High Street where they will be welcoming all customers. In the better weather they may indeed make an appearance in front of the shop no doubt looking to see what they can filch to eat from customers sitting outside Hartfields next door.

We are delighted to have attracted Mr Fluffy and his sheep from their warehouse at Squires Farm to 75 High Street, the former Cuckoo Wine Bar premises. Fitting out is in progress and Fluffy Side Up hopes to be open for business in the next few days.

The sheep have been a very successful part of the marketing strategy for Fluffy Side Up and will, along with Sebastian,  greatly add to the attractiveness of “Town Square”.

Gunnebo Building Nears Completion at Maresfield

Uckfield based Gunnebo Entrance Controls Systems hope to move from the Bellbrook Business Park into their new headquarters building nearing completion at the Ashdown Business Park in Maresfield in April.

The building is at an advanced stage of construction with the internal fit out moving ahead quickly. Our partner Chris Lawson, who was heavily involved in getting Gunnebo onto the Ashdown Business Park, had the opportunity of going round the building recently and found it most impressive.

Part of the design involves a technology suite for demonstrating innovative designs as well as offices and a more conventional industrial area for storage and manufacturing plus research & development.

Gunnebo are joining John Lewis on this prestigious new development. Contracts have just been exchanged on the adjoining two plots, subject to a planning variation, for another new hi-tech building

Restaurant Price Reduction in Seaford

To encourage an early sale the price of a 70 seater restaurant business in the High Street at Seaford has been reduced.

This spacious well fitted restaurant is just under 1,900 sq ft overall. There is a very useful bar plus additional seating area at the front.

This leads through to a delightfully fitted out main restaurant area with seating for 70 plus.

It has traded as an Indian restaurant for some 10 years but it would be suitable for a wide variety of other styles of cuisine.

The property is held on a long lease from January 2007 at a very competitive rent of £23,000 per annum. The lease and business is now available for £120,000 and offers will be considered from seriously interested parties.

Thriving Hair Salon in Uckfield High Street

We have available a great opportunity to obtain a thriving hair salon right in the heart of the High Street in Uckfield between Coles Menswear and Millets. The central free shoppers car park is close by. The salon benefits from a prominent display window.

The premises are well fitted with 3 cutting points on the ground floor plus a 1st floor salon area with 2 basins and 3 backwashers. There are air conditioning units on both floors and the salon is extremely energy efficient with solar panels on the roof.

The business is long established and the premises are available on a new 5 year lease at a rent of £12,000 per annum. Offers are sought in the region of £35,000 for the business plus fixtures & fittings.

Snow Hits Uckfield

Well who would have thought we would have this much snow in Uckfield with tomorrow being 1st March.

Doing our bit for the community it was all hands to the shovels as we cleared and salted the private pathway from the Regency Close car park round our office to the High Street so it can be walked safely – at the moment. 

We had one stop to push a lorry out of the car park which had been delivering to Thai Terre restaurant.

With more snow forecast and low temperatures please take care. Even treated surfaces can be slippery.

Retail Investment For Sale in Heathfield

Lawson Commercial now have available a retail investment which comprises a compact property in Heathfield High Street that currently trades as an indian takeaway with residential accommodation above

heathfield retail investment

The lease is not due to expire until 2023 and there are no break clauses. The rent is currently £12,000 pa with some scope for growth. Offers are being sought in the region of £150,000 subject to the existing lease so suitable for the smaller investor and showing a return around 8%.

Ideal Motor Trade Unit in Pevensey

Lawson Commercial have just been instructed to market an end-of-terrace modern industrial unit at the Potts Marsh Estate in Pevensey previously used for motor trade.

modern industrial unit to let suitable motor trade

This is a good spacious unit of 1,525 sq ft on the ground floor including a reception area and cloakroom. There is also a very good useful mezzanine storage above of 844 sq ft, which has recently been re-floored.

With an overall area of just under 2,400 sq ft overall this unit is in very good order throughout with new uPVC double glazed windows and door to the front and new LED lighting. The unit is available on a new lease at £14,000 pa. and viewing is strongly recommended.

Sussex Heritage 2018 Awards Launch at The Depot in Lewes

Chris & Julia Lawson attended the launch of the 2018 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards at The Depot in Lewes. This is the 20th year of the Awards and Lawson Commercial was very pleased to be supporting it once again. Lawson Commercial have been one of the sponsors for over 12 years believing this to be a very worthy charity to support. This year the launch took place in The Depot, Lewes’s new 3 screen community cinema constructed in a building which was last used as a Harveys Brewery warehouse and attendees heard a very interesting presentation from the Architects of the project which won a Sussex Heritage award in 2017.

The launch was attended by Trustees of the charity together with sponsors, judges and other supporters of the Awards. It began with a most convivial reception in the lobby area. 

Pictured here with Chris Lawson are Ken Hooker (left) of Proteus Packaging, a sponsor and judge, and Nick Jones (centre) of Glynde Estates, a winner of several previous awards.

The formal launch was made by Dr John Godfrey, Chairman of the Trust, in Screen One followed by a tour of the complex.

Entries for the 2018 Awards are now being sought and it is a really well worth scheme to take part in with entries, which can be made by owners architects, contractors or anyone involved in a project, closing on 13th April . Teams of judges, all volunteers, go out in mid-May with the Awards being presented at a lunch in July.

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Superb Retail Warehouse To Let In Uckfield

Lawson Commercial have just been instructed to market the former Carpetright retail warehouse in Bell Lane, Uckfield.

The property comprises two interconnecting units offering just over 8,000 sq ft of retail warehouse space close to the Tesco roundabout and just yards away from Halfords, Topps Tiles, Pennells Carpets and Howdens Joinery.

This is a first class opportunity for someone to get representation very close to the town centre and with better than average car parking as there is a wide tarmac area to the front.

The property is being refurbished and will be available on a new 15 year lease at a rent of £82,500 pa.