Major step in innovation park development

Pacific House
Pacific House

Construction work to create Pacific House - the first offices on Eastbourne’s new Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park - has made a vital step forward.

Construction work began back in September and the roof, floors, external insulation and windows have now been installed.

The property will be completed later this summer.

The five and half acre site, developed by SeaChange Sussex, will eventually accommodate up to 160,000 square feet of office space – including the contemporary, three-storey business centre Pacific House.

The park is designed to provide space for start-up businesses, while encouraging expanding companies to open offices in the town.

There is currently very little commercial space on the harbour, which is dominated by housing, retail outlets and restaurants.

Letting enquiries are already coming in from interested companies. Offices are available ranging from 627 sq ft to the whole 25,235 sq ft property.

The next stage will be to install the external cladding in a dark, slate-like material, and to fit out the building internally.

In addition to Pacific House, the Innovation Park has sites for up to a further 80,000 sq ft of premises.

“It’s not just about creating jobs, it’s about safeguarding jobs in the local area as well,” said John Shaw, chief executive of SeaChange Sussex.

“This development will allow business the option to start-up or expand in Eastbourne.

“It’s an employment game-changer for the town and a welcomed diversification of the economic landscape of Sovereign Harbour.”

Up to 300 employees could be accommodated at the new site, which could house up to 70 small firms.