Bijou Shop Let in Mayfield

Lawson Commercial have let The Old Armoury shop in High Street, Mayfield, a delightful bijou retail premises in a Grade II Listed building next to the Pink Cabbage Produce Company.

The shop comprises 2401 sq ft of retail area together with a cloakroom at the rear and has been let to an antiquarian bookseller from Tunbridge Wells who will be open very shortly.

We are delighted to have let this so quickly and this is another example of a deal being negotiated during the lockdown period.

Large Spacious Shop To Let In Wadhurst

Now available is a large spacious shop in a superb corner position adjoining a free car park in Wadhurst.

With frontage to both the High Street and the car park access road, this shop offers a retail area of 1,456 sq ft, including a side display area with roller shutter doors, plus ancillary accommodation giving a total of 1,537 sq ft.

The property is available on a new 5 year lease at a rent of £25,000 pa.

Prominent Small Industrial Unit To Let In Uckfield

Just come onto the market is a smart, small, end-of-terrace industrial unit facing Bell Lane in Uckfield.

The unit has a gross ground floor area of 1,162 sq ft with 418 sq ft at 1st floor giving a total overall area of 1,608 overall. Formerly used as a small trade counter facility it has a very useful side area suitable for display or additional parking.

The unit is available on new 5 year lease at a rent of £13,500 pa.

Professional Services Department Busy

Lawson Commercial’s Professional Services department, headed by our Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer Claudia Grattarola, has been busy over the last year dealing with a range of commercial properties across East Sussex and Kent, even during the Lockdown.

There has been sustained occupier demand for offices and industrial units in these local markets. Coupled with a lack of new supply, rents in the region have seen good growth which remain well above levels seen five years ago. This has translated to a number of successes when reviewing rent for rent reviews and lease renewals for both landlords and tenants alike.

Included in this was negotiating a 22% increase in rent at renewal for the landlord of an 8,000 sq ft office building on an established industrial estate in East Grinstead, and achieving a huge 54% increase at renewal for the landlord of a 6,600 sq ft trade counter unit on Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield.

Large rental increases at review have also been realised in the nearby and well-established industrial estates of Crowborough and North Farm Road in Tunbridge Wells. Both properties in question provide large warehousing accommodation with office provision. Increases of 43% and 13% respectively were negotiated pre-General Election at a time of uncertainty and caution in making real estate decisions.

Claudia is able to use her experience and knowledge gained during the above renewal and review negotiations, as well as the wealth of evidence available to her from Lawson Commercial’s extensive archives and current Sales activities, to provide valuations in accordance with the RICS Valuation Global Standards for a wide range of different purposes including business and estate planning, divorce, probate and SIPP requirements.

We have been privileged over the last year to value an interesting plethora of property types ranging from small industrial style workshops in rural locations, office suites in town centre locations, and traditional high street shops, all the way to more unusual instructions including a natural burial ground, disused golf club site and a wonderful chronometer, clock and watch maker premises nestled in a predominantly residential area.

Did you know that Lawson Commercial also manage a healthy portfolio of commercial properties in the region? We look after various Client portfolios of shops, offices and industrial units, whether you own one shop personally or ten warehouses through a SIPP.  We currently deal with rent collection, service charge, insurance and lease compliance for over sixty properties. We also monitor any lease events and advise on rental increases to be realised during the course of the lease term. When a tenant vacates a property they will usually have certain obligations regarding how the property is left, known as dilapidations, and this is an area where we can represent landlord or tenant. Last year, we negotiated a healthy cash settlement for the landlord of a high street retail premises in Crowborough, which covered the cost of works necessary before re-letting to a new tenant.

So if you need help with a professional or management matter in connection with a commercial property give Claudia a call.

Goodwin Racing Expands Call Centre

During the Lockdown Goodwin Racing expanded their call centre into their betting shop next to Boots in Bell Walk Uckfield. This proved so successful they decided to close the shop and to move the expanded call centre to alternative premises.

Having just missed out on the 1st floor Suite at 4a Kingfisher Court recently let to Parfitt Cresswell, the ground floor suite then became available, a suite of some 1,600 sq ft, slightly smaller than 1st floor because of cloakrooms/stairs and they were able to secure this and move in within a very short space of time.

Their former premises next to Boots are now available and comprise a very spacious shop of some 1,245 sq ft which is well fitted throughout including air conditioning and has rear access and car parking.

The shop is held on an existing lease from 2016 with the useful benefit of a tenant’s only break clause in Dec 2021. The current rent is £21,000 pa.  This is a good smart shop in a prominent position. Call now for full details.

Solicitors Open New Office in Uckfield

Parfitt Cresswell, a firm of solicitors with 8 offices in the South including Windsor, Haywards Heath, Fulham, Edenbridge and Tunbridge Wells have secured new office premises in Uckfield at Kingfisher Court on the Bellbrook Estate.

The firm trades under a number of trading names including Colemans, Max Barford, Keene Marsland and Jevons Riley & Pope. We are delighted to welcome this new firm to the Town.

They have taken over the former Acuity accountants offices at 4a Kingfisher Court which comprises just under 2,000 sq ft. It was an interesting deal because it was negotiated during the Lockdown and shows, even in these strange and uncertain times, there is confidence in the Town long term and still demand for offices of quality in good locations

From Flowers To Estate Agents

After Lockdown eased Florist Miss Bloomsbury decided not to reopen at 166 High Street, Uckfield. The Proprietor will continue to trade from home as she did successfully during Lockdown and anyone wanting flowers can still contact Miss Bloomsbury on the usual number.

Lawson Commercial were instructed to find a new occupier for the shop which has an attractive double frontage display and comprises 560 sq ft + a rear store.  It was available on a new lease at £12,500 pa. 

We had a lot of strong interest and quickly agreed a letting to View Homes Sussex Ltd who will be opening a new estate agency at the premises. With all the new housing schemes being proposed throughout the Wealden area it is not surprising that a new estate agents feels there is potential in the Town and they will be open for business shortly.

Lockup Shop In Prominent Uckfield High Street Position

A great opportunity for a small business or a startup to acquire a lockup shop in a prominent position in Uckfield High Street.

The premises are almost opposite Pizza Express. With a sales area of 560 sq ft plus a rear store the shop is available on a new 6 year lease at a rent of £12,500 pa.

There are not that many opportunities to find a small lockup shop in this busy High Street and we already have considerable interest.  It is well positioned and with a rateable value being under £12,000 there should be no rates to pay for a qualifying occupier.

New Terms Available On Uckfield Shop With Flat

New terms are being offered on 93 High Street, Uckfield which comprises a shop with flat over and which is now available to rent as well as on a freehold basis.

The property comprises a large spacious shop of over 800 sq ft on the ground floor with a most delightful 3-bed self-contained character flat above. The flat is accessed from the rear and includes an attractive garden which faces west plus there are 2 car parking spaces.

It is unfortunate that we had a buyer for this property just as the lockdown was announced and, despite having arranged finance, they have reluctantly decided not to proceed. This property is thus back in the market. Now, not only can the property be bought but it can alternatively be rented on a new lease at £25,000 pa to include both the shop and the flat. The Landlord is prepared to allow sub letting of the flat.

So a really great opportunity. Call now for more details and to view.

Superb New Units in Newhaven – Last Phase Available

Situated in the recently created Newhaven Enterprise Zone are the last six units in the Eastside Business Park.

These brand new quality units are currently under construction and will be ready for occupation in a few months time. There is one unit of just over 4,000 sq ft, one unit of just under 3,700 sq ft and four units of just under 4,000 sq ft offering great flexibility as units can be combined.

This is a first class opportunity for a Sussex-based business to relocate to this prestigious business park and benefit from the incentives available in the Enterprise Zone.

For qualifying businesses, ie those which are going to employ a significant number of people, there is up to 5 years rates free available which is a significant cost saving.

Call now for full details.