Works starts on Innovation Park at the harbour

Sovereign Harbou business centre - artist's impression SUS-140109-113334001
Sovereign Harbou business centre - artist's impression SUS-140109-113334001
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A major development is underway which could create a significant number of jobs in Eastbourne.

The construction of the Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park has now started and building work is expected to be finished by 2015.

The five and half acre site, developed by SeaChange Sussex, will accommodate up to 160,000 square feet of office space and will include a prestigious business centre.

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.

“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.

“For the 23 years that Sovereign Harbour has been in place it has been a place for employing not just retail.

“This development will allow business the option to star-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.”

The development is being built at the front of the harbour.

As well as providing an economic boost, Mr Shaw says the bespoke design will provide an attractive frontage to the harbour too.

Contractors are reportedly two weeks ahead of schedule after the site was stripped completely last week.

Up to 300 employees could be accommodated at the new site.

It could house up to 70 small firms and its flexibility means fewer medium-sized companies could find new homes or one or two large businesses.

To find out more information on obtaining premises at the Sovereign Harbour development, go to the website at