Although the commercial property market seems to have got off to a slower start in 2018 nonetheless there is still good demand for commercial buildings particularly in both the retail and industrial sectors throughout the local area.
Overall there is a shortage of commercial space available. We recently received instructions on a unit on the Potts Marsh Industrial Estate in Pevensey, a good small 1,500 sq ft unit with a mezzanine, and that was only on the market for 2 weeks before we found a tenant and solicitors were instructed.
There is a huge shortage of available industrial units of all sizes through the area. Despite the march of online shopping and the impact that is having on our High Streets there is also still good demand for small shops particularly those with innovative and unusual ideas where they will draw customers to them.We would therefore welcome hearing from any occupiers or landlords who have got premises they want to move on. We offer an initial appraisal free of charge and are happy to come and meet anyone to discuss their ideas.
Sadly the vet who had agreed terms to acquire Craven House in Crowborough was not successful in obtaining the necessary planning consent for change of use and thus this retail unit is now unexpectedly re-available.
This spacious building offers great flexibility of space with a useful showroom/retail area at the front together with ancillary offices on the 1st floor and just under 1,400 sq ft of workshop or storage space to the side and rear of the property.
With a total of some 3,000 sq ft this property would be ideal for a retailer with an online distribution service. We are once again actively looking for an occupier preferably in the retail services sector to make use of the existing planning consent. A new lease is on offer at a rent of £20,000 pa.
Lawson Commercial have let 2 Church Street in Uckfield to a unique business. This character property comprises a ground floor shop with 2 rooms above on the 1st floor plus a kitchen & shower room and another room on the second floor.
The premises are to be operated as a costume and fancy dress hire shop together with other associated party items. This is a high profile location with lots of traffic passing through the Church Street junction. The shop is close to the junction in a terrace of unique businesses including a guitar shop, a tattoo parlour, a barbers and a phone repair shop. The premises are undergoing a refit and should be open very shortly.
Simultaneously with the expansion of Hartfields in what is often known as Town Square in Uckfield the Landlord of the majority of this terrace, together with Uckfield Town Council, are carrying out some improvement works to smarten up the area in front of this parade of shops.
New paving slabs will be laid to replace the tarmac area so as to complement the pavements refurbished recently as part of the High Street works. The cobbled bank area is to be replaced, a new seat installed and the railings painted. The main contractors are local company C J Thorne and they hope to minimise disruption to traders and the public.
The shops will remain open so please continue to visit them during this period. All being well the work should be finished in early June and it should be a real improvement to this area situated right in the heart of the Town.
Two new units are being constructed at Shortgate Industrial Park on The Broyle.
They are available as one large unit of 4,963 sq ft or as two units of approx. 2,400 sq ft each.
New leases are on offer at a rent of £17,250 per unit if divided or as a single unit a rent of £32,500 pa is being sought. It is expected the units will be ready for occupation by mid-Summer.
A refurbished industrial unit on the Potts Marsh Estate in Pevensey has just been let to Colin Post Motor Engineering.
This modern end-of-terrace unit had some 1,525 sq ft of ground floor area together with a mezzanine of 844 sq ft so just under 2,400 sq ft overall and was in first class order throughout.
It was pleasing to see yet another local small business expanding . The whole deal took place very quickly as the unit was only on the market for a couple of weeks before solicitors were instructed.
Lawson Commercial are delighted to confirm that the expansion of Hartfields in Uckfield High Street is now off and running. Completion has taken place of the letting to James Hartfield of 73 High Street, Uckfield the former Pepenbury/Autism Sussex charity shop
It was quite a complex series of negotiations. Thus we negotiated a surrender of James Hartfield’s lease on 71 High Street and of the Pepenbury lease of 73 High Street with the simultaneous grant of a new lease on 71 and 73 together to James Hartfield. He can now expand his very successful restaurant having obtained the necessary planning consent which took a while.
We understand work will start immediately on 73 High Street initially before breaking though into 71. The premises may close for a short period but James hopes to keep trading in some shape or form throughout if he can. He has some imaginative ideas in this regard. It is expected that the works will be complete towards the end of June/early July.
This is very good news for the Town to see a local business expand and we look forward to visiting the new venue when it opens fully after the refurbishment.