New Business Comes To Uckfield

Lawson Commercial have let the former Cadari gift shop at 21a High Street, Uckfield to a new business who is going to open as a nail bar.

Sadly this bijou gift shop next to The Card Factory, although in a very prominent position in the Town, was not able to prosper in the face of the continuing growth of online retailing. It is possible at just under 400 sq ft the shop was too small for this type of business. However we are pleased to welcome a new business into the High Street offering services which are proving popular currently and are not available online. They thus lend themselves very well to this particular shop.

Industrial Unit With Planning For Exercise Studio & Personal Training

Ideal for a sports professional who is looking for somewhere to set up a personal training studio Lawson Commercial have just been instructed to market Unit 3 Riverside in Uckfield which already has planning consent for this use.

The unit comprises just over 1,000 sq ft of good ground floor area with a cloakroom and is available on a new 5 year lease at a rent of 9,500 pa. The Riverside units are good smart modern units built in the mid 1990s to an excellent specification. Unusually for many of the small units in Uckfield they each have 5 car parking spaces. They are thus ideal for this type of business.

Industrial Unit at Heathfield To Let

Lawson Commercial have just been instructed to let a spacious industrial/warehouse unit on the Ghyll Road Industrial Park in Heathfield.

It benefits from 2 loading doors and a full height area of just under 2,000 sq ft with an eaves height which is better than average at some 19 ft.

There are 2 useful 1st floor offices totalling 441 sq ft which are to be newly redecorated. Being some 2,837 sq ft overall, the unit is available on a new 10 year lease at a rent of £20,000 pa. It is not often we get such a good, smart modern unit in Heathfield and it should appeal to a wide variety of potential occupiers.

Uckfield Carnival Another Great Success

Chris Lawson reports: What a night Saturday night with another very successful Uckfield Carnival.  Well done to the Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Society for organising such an amazing event.

Julia and I have been attending the Carnival celebrations for many years and have been involved in floats on several occasions initially as part of a Chamber float and more recently as Lawson Commercial.  Following the success of our inflatable swan last year this year the star was a giant pink flamingo. Getting her ready for her appearance on the High Street took most of Saturday so that she was ready for the off by 6.30pm as the float procession assembled in Bell Lane – together with a more scary participant.

There was an amazing turnout lining the High Street, Newtown and all round Framfield Road. Sorry if we didn’t wave at you but the crowd was so large it was difficult to spot everyone. It was great to see so many families and small children as well as quite a few dogs enjoying the procession.  It was particularly good to see the delight on children’s faces when they spotted our pink flamingo. Unfortunately Toffee and Cleo had to stay at home as there was no room in the car.

Although starting initially in daylight by the time we had joined the foot procession coming down the High Street, wound our way up Newtown, round the Framfield Road area and back up the High Street it was fully dark making the lights more effective. After a turnaround via Downsview Crescent and Browns Lane we were ready for a return down the High Street to finish in Bell Lane.

There was brief pause out the Cinque Port Club  for the remembrance of those Uckfield people who died in the First World War including the extinguishing of torches and prayers led by Father John which was particularly moving and a fitting tribute. It was nice for us further back in the floats to be able to follow this via a live feed from Uckfield FM Facebook.

Well done also to Uckfield FM for their broadcast throughout the evening. It is amazing what modern technology can do. We were pleased to have played our part in a really excellent evening and I understand a significant sum was raised via the street collection.

New Office Suites To Be Completed Shortly

Lawson Commercial are pleased to announce that the developers of Portland House in Framfield Road, Uckfield are to complete the fitting out of the ground floor offices shortly.

Since the flats were completed on the upper floors the offices have been in a basic shell form but are now to be finished which will involve installation of combined heating/cooling units, cloakroom & tea station facilities, carpeting, and decoration with some remodelling of the space to create 4 suites. each of around 800 – 900 sq ft.

We were very pleased at this news as we are short of good quality offices in Uckfield and this is brand new space within walking distance of the railway station and town centre. Already we have strong interest and hope that at least one of the suites will be under offer very shortly.


Charity Takes Additional Space at Horsted Square, Uckfield

Lawson Commercial have let Unit 3 in Phase I of Horsted Square in Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield to Essential Christian who are a long established charity already occupying 9,000 sq ft in Phase II.

They needed additional storage and office space. Unit 3 comprises just under 1,500 sq ft on 2 floors arranged as a ground floor storage facility with offices above.

We were very pleased to see that a local business continues to expand and are now a very significant employer in this part of the Bellbrook Estate.

Former Printers Premises – Freehold For Sale

Former printers premises in Framfield Road, Uckfield have become available freehold through Lawson Commercial.

The property has a long history of commercial use having originally been an old dairy. It has considerable scope and potential. It provides just under 2,500 sq ft of accommodation on 2 floors with some useful 1st floor offices together with an extensive ground floor area ideal for storage, manufacturing and other business purposes.

Back in 2017 a planning application for 3 terraced houses was applied for on this site but this was refused and lost on appeal. It has residential development potential but it is clear that the planners felt that the application for 3 houses in that particular design was not in keeping with the area and was overdevelopment of the site.

Offers are being sought in the region of £295,000 for the freehold interest.

Uckfield’s Weald on the Field event

Lawson Commercial partner Chris Lawson reports:
What a fantastic day last Saturday was as Uckfield celebrated Weald on the Field, a marvellous showcase of local produce plus live music, pop up bars and street food.

Well done to Uckfield town clerk Holly and the team from Uckfield Town Council for organising such a tremendous event. With my President of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce hat on I am pleased that the Chamber were able to contribute by sponsoring the stage.  I didn’t manage to see the whole programme but certainly the bands I saw were very good.

Local community radio Uckfield FM where also there providing live broadcast spots.

There was plenty for kids to enjoy and my grandson had a wonderful time on the bouncy castle and eating ice cream.

His joy in the latter was clearly shared by Chamber Secretary Ian Noble who, well known for his multi tasking skills, was spotted eating 2 ice creams at once! However it was a very hot afternoon.

Danny The Idiot was also a firm favourite with the children making all kinds of animals such as cats, unicorns, octopuses and even a red duck for my grandson.

Small Industrial Unit To Let in Uckfield

Lawson Commercial have just been instructed to market a small industrial unit which is coming available to let in Uckfield.

Unit 1 Plot 14 Bell Lane is within minutes walk of the High Street lying behind the Esso petrol station in Bellfarm Road, one of the main routeways in and out of the Town.

This unit is end-of-terrace and larger than others in this terrace having some 1,590 sq ft of ground floor gross internal area together with a very useful side annexe which can either be used for additional storage or as an office.

Within the main body of the unit is a mezzanine floor at the back which benefits from natural light from rear windows.

Overall just under 2,500 sq ft is on offer and there is useful hard standing and car parking outside. Being the end unit just a little more parking can be squeezed in up against the boundary fence. The unit is available on a new 10 year lease with a review after 5 years at a rent of £18,500 pa. Possession should be available in the Autumn.

Hot Dog Blog

Toffee and I are the Canine Team here at Lawson Commercial and, although I haven’t done a dog blog for a while, I thought I would make a comment about this very hot weather that we are having currently.

Toffee and I are very keen to get to the office at the minute as, both being part husky we have quite thick coats. Unlike you humans when it is really hot we can’t strip off.  Those coats stay on 24/7 – although Toffee is moulting chunks of brown fur everywhere at the minute. We also have to be careful when walking on surfaces like pavements as they get so hot they can burn our paws if we are not careful. No volunteers from the humans here to carry us.

I am very pleased to say, however, that here at Lawson Commercial we do have air conditioning installed in the office which makes our working life much more pleasurable and we know the best spots like under the a/c units.

We can chill out while hard at work at the office.

It’s a dog’s life!