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.

Rent Now Reduced For Uckfield Shop with Flat

To encourage an early letting of the shop with flat at 2 Church Street Uckfield, we have been instructed to reduce the asking rent to £9,000 pa.

shop with flat

This attractive compact shop lies only a few yards from the High Street. With a sales area of some 200 sq ft it is ideal for someone who doesn’t need a large retail space such as someone dealing in collectables.

Above the shop is a 1-bedroomed flat, which extends over the top of the adjoining property, comprising sitting room, shower room & kitchen on the 1st floor with attic bedroom. This property needs redecorating but the Landlords will consider a rent free period to assist with an early occupation.

The property is available on a new 5 year lease and now at a rent which equates to just £750 per month for both the shop and flat.

Superb Spacious Factory With Yard Available Freehold in Hailsham

We now have available freehold a substantial, modern factory/warehouse premises with yard in Diplocks Way in Hailsham.

The premises comprise a 2-storey brick office building at the front with factory/warehouse to the rear. There are good quality, well maintained offices of approximately 1,800 sq ft.

The overall factory area, including some ground floor office and staff accommodation plus a small mezzanine, is approximately10,500 sq ft with twin loading access to a part covered loading bay.

There is also a useful yard of some 6,000 sq ft. Overall the property offers 12,330 sq ft . Offers are invited for the freehold in the region of £1,250,000.

Delightful Lockup Shop In Crowborough – Few Yards Waitrose

Just available in Crowborough, only a few yards from Waitrose and almost opposite the Post Office, is a delightful smart lockup shop formerly used as a beauticians.

Overall the shop is 441 sq ft with a partitioned treatment room at the rear plus a kitchenette & cloakroom. The shop occupies a very prominent trading position and would be ideal for a small retail business.

The premises are held on a 5 year lease from April 2016 and with the benefit of a tenant’s break clause in 2019 so great for someone wanting to test the market. The rent is only around £200 per week and for those entitled to small business rate relief there would be no rates to pay currently. The beautician equipment may be available if required subject to negotiation.

Spacious Restaurant Available in Seaford

Lawson Commercial have been instructed to market a large, spacious restaurant in High Street, Seaford just yards away from Broad Street.

At the front of the premises is a large bar area with seating for 20 which leads through into a most attractive large restaurant area with seating for 70 plus.

The inner seating area is very well arranged with lovely ornate, carved panelling which creates a number of intimate areas.

The premises are fully fitted as an Asian restaurant But would lend themselves for other cuisines such as Turkish, Vietnamese or European. Including the kitchen, store, restaurant and bar areas there is just under 2,000 sq ft of space.

There is 14 years left on the lease and the current rent is competitive at £23,000 pa. A substantial premium is being sought for the lease and business to include fixtures & fittings.

Well worth a viewing so call us now.

Small Industrial Unit Now Available in Crowborough

A small industrial unit with offices is now available on the sought after Millbrook Business Park in Crowborough.

The ground floor offers just over 1,100 sq ft with some useful mezzanine offices of around 829 sq ft making a total of 1,935 sq ft overall. The unit has been recently refurbished and is now in good decorative order with newly painted floor.  A new 5 year lease is on offer at a rent of £14,500 pa.

Carpetright To Leave Uckfield

Acting for private clients, Lawson Commercial have acquired the two Carpetright units at 6/7 Bell Lane, Uckfield.

Carpetright will be closing shortly and will have vacated the buildings by early February. The new owners intend to refurbish the units and will be seeking a new occupier.

These two intercommunicating units offer just over 8,000 sq ft of very useful retail space with a good size customer car park in the front.

A look back at 2017 with Chris Lawson of Lawson Commercial

Chris Lawson, partner of Lawson Commercial reports his thoughts on the commercial property market through 2017:

2017 has been an eventful year following the UK general election and the unexpected result. This, combined with the ongoing speculation regarding Brexit discussions meant that business confidence became more cautious as the year went on. Despite this, in our region there was strong demand particularly in the industrial  sector.

Interest has been good at the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield.

Site 5 was finally sold being acquired by Gunnebo Entrance Controls Ltd for their new headquarters building. Construction is now at an advanced stage and Gunnebo hope to be taking occupation in Spring 2018. Site 9 was split into two and half was sold to an Edenbridge plumbing company for their new headquarters building.  Currently there are several offers under consideration for a combination of Sites 1, 2 & 3 all of which will be subject to new planning permissions. They include interest from a pub restaurant operator, a budget hotel and a drive-thru coffee business.  Lawson Commercial also have strong interest in Sites 6 & 7 and a sale has been agreed for both sites to a single business who will be varying the existing planning consent which is for over 20,000 sq ft of offices. If this goes through to completion construction work should start there in the Summer of 2018. Thus there is now not much land with planning left here for sale.

Another significant Lawson Commercial deal was of Gunnebo’s existing premises on the Bellbrook Estate at Uckfield.

Lawson Commercial acted for the successful purchaser, a manufacturing company from West Sussex, who acquired this 30,000 sq ft building and will be taking occupation when Gunnebo finally relocate to the Ashdown Business Park. During the course of 2017 Lawson Commercial also relocated Westminster Teak from Westminster House in Bolton Close into Birch House on Brambleside, a unit of some 16,000 sq ft including some 1st floor offices which has undergone significant refurbishment.

During the course of the year Lawson Commercial additionally handled a number of smaller lettings including 5,000 sq ft at the Enlightened Business Park at Palehouse Common on the outskirts of Uckfield to Alliance Boots as well as 5,000 sq ft at Holbein Place on the Bellbrook Business Park to pharmaceutical company Waremoss Ltd. Despite all the political uncertainty the strong demand for industrial units is giving rise generally to a shortage of available space for businesses to consider.

Lawson Commercial have found that, despite the growth of online internet shopping there was still plenty of demand from people wanting proper retail premises and there were a number of deals concluded during the year in Heathfield, Uckfield and Crowborough. Some interesting and innovative businesses opened including a specialist guitar shop in Church Street Uckfield and a vaping and mobile phone shop for Heathfield. Good to see also that an established estate agents in Crowborough have expanded into larger and more prominent premises.  A new jewellers has moved into Uckfield High Street shortly to be followed by a branch of Subway.

The demand for offices was not as strong as had been expected although there wasn’t a huge amount of supply either. The demand for high quality refurbished farm buildings remains strong with the three new suites created at Glynde by Glynde Estates quickly finding new tenants.

However enquiries for the more rural locations are still extremely sensitive to good broadband which for many parts of rural Sussex continues to be a major problem. Notable transactions concluded by Lawson Commercial included the Childrens Respite Trust acquiring premises in the heart of Uckfield High Street for their new day centre and administration centre together with a new children’s day nursery opening in Falmer Court in London Road, Uckfield.

In summary overall 2017 was very similar to 2016 being a good, solid year with some evidence of business hesitancy. Although business is not exactly booming several businesses saw opportunities for growth although the big limiting factor particularly in the industrial sector is the shortage of units. As we have been saying for some time local businesses have problems in expanding and there is a shortage of opportunities for businesses from outside the area wanting to relocate because of the shortage of space. With huge amount of housing proposed over the next 10 years there needs to be a political will locally to make more sites available for commercial development. No longer can councillors say there is always Ashdown Business Park for north Wealden because there is now little left there. If business is to continue thriving in this area and provide employment for the increasing population more thought needs to be given to providing room for business expansion.