Birch House, a large warehouse building of just under 16,500 sq ft sitting on 1.03 acres, is now being offered for rent. The building is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, removing a large amount of partitioning and mezzanine floors to provide a single large warehouse unit with a small amount of office space.
A number of years ago the building housed the Wealden Skills Centre and more recently has been occupied by Labtech and Aquascience who have now moved to Heathfield and Eastbourne respectively. There is useful open storage at the rear of 8,000 sq ft + just under 30 car spaces.
A new 10 year lease at a rent of £110,000 pa is being offered and already we have strong interest in the property.
As managing agents we get involved in a variety of maintenance issues and this week it was the replacement of the stone doorstep at 95A High Street, Uckfield. The step had become very worn and, because this is a Grade II listed building, listed building consent was required.
The work was carried out by Jamie Wallace of Saxum Stonemasons who reckoned that this is the first time the step has been replaced since the property was built over 130 years ago. According to Jamie there was some evidence of repointing, probably in the 1950s, but he judged that most of the lime mortar was original. The original step was replaced with a specially ordered piece of York stone and this was set in lime mortar, all of which had to approved by the Conservation Officer.
A very fine piece of craftsmanship by Saxum Stonemasons and carried out at a weekend due to access restrictions. All we have to do now is water it with a spray twice a day for a week!
A former mower services premises with huge potential has just become available at the junction of Croft Road and Church Road in Crowborough.
The premise include a good sized shop/showroom, a large rear workshop, 1st floor offices, useful part covered rear yard + forecourt parking.
In all there is some 3,000 sq ft of which 1,394 sq ft is workshop space.
The premises are available on a new lease at a rent of £20,000 pa.
Viewing is strongly recommended.
Site 9.1, one of the smaller sites of around 0.4 acres with planning consent for just under 8,500 sq ft of manufacturing & office area, has been sold to a plumbing & heating engineering company from Edenbridge.
They intend to site their new headquarters here and hope to start construction very shortly. This is the fourth sale up at Ashdown Business Park and we have strong interest in other sites and are hoping to instruct lawyers shortly on further transactions. Site 9.2 is a similar size to Site 9.1 and remains available with planning consent for just over 6,000 sq ft and can be purchased for £345,000 + VAT.
We have let Unit 1 at the Enlightened Business Park just east of Palehouse Common village and only a 1½ from the A22 Halland junction.
The unit is just over 5,400 sq ft and has been let to Allianz Boots. They particularly liked the shape of the building and its proximity to the A22 as they were looking for a sub distribution hub in this part of East Sussex.
We were very pleased to have attracted a covenant of this strength to this part of Sussex. Unit 2 is also let and the owner is now progressing with the development of Units 3 & 4, for which planning has already been obtained. Terms are already agreed with a company for a pre-let of Unit 3 on which construction is due to start shortly.
Just available is a spacious warehouse/workshop with a good sized mezzanine floor located on part of the Holmes Hill Estate at Whitesmith off the main A22.
There is a useful 3,000 sq ft at ground floor together with 1,630 sq ft of mezzanine storage plus some additional well fitted offices of just under 600 sq ft. Overall the unit totals some 5,227 sq ft.
The premises have been refurbished to a good standard including a brand new insulated roof and benefits from rewiring with new LED lights in the factory area. There is 3-phase power available. A new lease is on offer, length to be agreed, at a rent of £27,500 pa.
The Sussex Heritage Trust Annual Property Awards lunch was held last week at Pangdean Barn in Pyecombe. Over 200 guests attended the lunch, many being associated with entries for these prestigious awards and anxious to know if their entry had been awarded one of the Trust’s coveted plaques in one of the eight different categories. Projects are not judged against each other but based on a list of criteria to assess their contribution to the heritage of Sussex.
Our partner Chris Lawson is pictured here at the lunch with Nick Jones, Estates Manager of Glynde Estates who were successful in obtaining one of three plaques awarded in this category for Station Farm Barns in Glynde.
The judges commented that this was a superb conversion of former farm buildings to very high quality well specified offices in delightful landscaped grounds and wonderful views. Lawson Commercial have already let two of the suites with only one of around 880 sq ft remaining.
We have just received instructions to market a most attractive character barn office conversion located at Firle just south of the A27 nr Lewes.
The property comprises a single storey suite of just under 600 sq ft plus parking and is available at a rent of £8,000 pa. This is an excellent location being rural but handy for both the A27 and Lewes and is nicely fitted with a wealth of exposed beams.
A rent of £8,000 pa is being sought. Call for more details and to view.
Just coming available to the market is a small industrial unit with offices on the 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. Generally there has been a shortage in the last 12 months of these sort of units and this building is going to be refurbished when the current occupiers move to new larger premises shortly. A new 5 year lease is available at a rent of £14,500 pa
Lawson Commercial have sold another site at the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield, this time to property developers Salmon Developments. They have purchased a 1 acre site simultaneously with a pre-let of a 20,000 sq ft building to Swedish safety equipment supplier Gunnebo who have signed a 15 year lease.
Construction is due to start immediately with completion expected in mid 2018. The new building will become Gunnebo Entrance Control Ltd’s UK headquarters and they will be relocating from Bellbrook Business Park in Uckfield next year.
It took a long time to get this transaction through as there were numerous discussions regarding the specification of the building to be constructed but we are very pleased that Gunnebo are relocating to Maresfield where they will be occupying the plot adjoining John Lewis.