It could be argued that Shoreham
has greater potential as a
commercial centre than it has
so far achieved.
That is because it has both an
airport and a shipping port, even
though neither is of great size.
However, the location is a positive
one as both have easy access to
London as well as the populations
along the south coast.
In fact, Shoreham Port has
thrived in recent years with the
significant help of the Coast to Capital
Enterprise Partnership0 (LEP) which
has provided investment and
business support to increase
productivity and generate growth.
The result has been increased
cargo handling and an expansion of
the port’s commercial property
portfolio and the past investment has
allowed an increase in cargo capacity
at the Power Station Quay.
A key part of the property portfolio
was the purchase of Maritime House,
a business centre, with the help of a
£1.1 million grant from Coast to Capital.
Judging by the agents’ listing for
industrial property there is a healthy
demand for letting and sale, with a
notable level of purchase for owner
occupation but much of this space is
small. That said, Graves, Son &
Pilcher have sold or let a number of
larger units, such as a 2,589 sq.metres
.) unit at Cecil Pashley
Way, a popular location at the airport.
The same agent also acquired a
4,180 sq.metres (45,000sq.ft
on Dolphin Road, Shoreham for a
company that will use it themselves.
Graves, Son & Pitcher are also
dealing with three other units on
Dolphin Way totaling 1,302
As far as offices are concerned,
the airport (also known as Brighton
City Airport) has plenty of space
available, such as three suites
within the Grade II listed terminal
building as well as along Cecil Pashley
Way. Clearly there is potential at the
airport but to be fair road access
needs improving, particularly from
Shoreham and the port.
Were the roads in the immediate
area of the airport and port
improved, there is a real potential
for commercial development.
Kent is well served by science
parks and they have a good record
of nursing small companies into
That is certainly true of Discovery
Park, Sandwich which continues to
pull in new occupiers and see its
existing tenants expand, proving the
doomsayers wrong about its future
after a large part of Pfizer left.
Six new companies have joined in
the past year while three existing
occupiers have expanded. The new
occupiers include Invicta Health
Community Interest Company, formed
by a group of GPs; Trinity Mirror
Group, a newspaper publisher, and
One example of an existing
occupier expanding at Discovery Park
is A4P, which specialises in the
management of outsourcing for
bioanalysis and logistics.
Richard Hucker of A4P said:
“We have recently expanded into a
larger office at Discovery Park because
our client base is continuing to grow
and existing clients are expanding
their requirements of us. The dynamic
nature of the pharma science sector is
an environment where the
organisations investing in drug
development need to source flexible
specialised outside expertise”.
“One of the secrets of the firm’s
success is that it can provide services
to other companies at Discovery Park,
creating a virtuous circle”.
Graham Howieson of Discovery
Park commented: “A4P is an example
of the global footprint that many of
the companies here enjoy. This is a
place with worldwide connections
that thrives in collaboration both on
and off site with a skills base built up
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Selling commercial property through
auctions appears to have become
more popular, judging from the
performance of Clive Emson.
At its recent auction in Maidstone,
a mixed use block in Dover with four
commercial units and 29 flats was on
offer at a guide price of £3.5 million and
in Brighton Great Thorndean Farm,
Haywards Heath for £1.1 million (it has
two holding residential planning
consents). James Emson said: “A trend
we are currently noticing is a demand
for versatility and flexibility, perhaps in
the form of mixed use commercial and
residential properties or good quality
development and investment stock.
Portfolio holders are widening their
investments in 2018 as they monitor
trends, attempt to predict the future
and consider options, and the auction
room remains the best place to do this”.
part of the improvement to the A27 road, the vital south coast
road, has been chosen with the Arundel bypass but it still faces
considerable local opposition. Highways England examined a number of
routes and argues the proposal, which goes through Binsted village, is the
best option. The £250 million project could start in 2020 and will unlock a
notorious traffic bottleneck in Sussex.
Great Thorndean Farm