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Competition: St. Leonards business incubator

Churchfields Industrial Estate, Hastings
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Hastings Borough Council is seeking a design team for a new £2.8 million start-up businesses hub in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

The winning architect-led multidisciplinary team chosen for the estimated £50,000 contract will draw up plans for a new business incubator on Sidney Little Road within the Churchfields Industrial Estate on the northern fringes of the Hastings suburb.

The 888m² project, planned to complete in 2020, will deliver a new enterprise hub featuring 28 flexible units spread across two floors. A feasibility study for the project was completed by AJK Architects and Blade Consulting earlier this year.

According to the brief: ‘Hastings Borough Council (the Council) wishes to commission an architect-led project team to progress proposals to construct a new business incubation complex on the Churchfields Industrial Estate in St Leonards in accordance with RIBA stages

‘This team will prepare a feasibility study, master programme, concept design and cost plan (initially to RIBA stage 2) for acceptance by the client. Then develop designs under the direction of the client to RIBA stage 4 (Technical Design) and if accepted by the client and funding approved, progress and manage the project through stages 5, 6 & 7 (Construction, handover and close out).’

Located around 85 km south east of central London, Hastings is a former resort town which has been tipped for significant regeneration in recent years. dRMM’s redevelopment of Hastings Pier won the 2017 Stirling Prize and was recently sold by administrators to the owner of Eastbourne Pier, sheikh Abid Gulzar.

Other cultural attractions in the formerly depressed but now up-and-coming coastal town include HAT Projects’ Jerwood Gallery and the waterfront Stade open space by Tim Ronalds Architects.

The latest project aims to deliver a new 28-unit incubation centre for emerging businesses within the local area. The scheme will be constructed in the Churchfields Industrial Estate around three kilometres from the waterfront.

Bids to take the project forward will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost. Applicants must have a minimum annual turnover of £100,000.

Employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £10 million and professional indemnity insurance of £5 million will also be required.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 23 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Cathy Nelson
Wealden District Council
Breeds Place
East Sussex
TN34 3UY

Tel: 01323 443347
Email: cathy.nelson@wealden.gov.uk


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