Bexhill to become a creative hub within five years

Bexhill College is expected to be given permission to help transform a decaying commercial unit into a vibrant creative hub.

The exciting project will turn the site in Beeching Road into a base for artists, designers and media businesses within five years.

A report, which will be debated by Rother District Council’s cabinet next week, recommends a lease of up to 20 years is agreed with the college.

“Having assessed the proposals from interested parties the panel has concluded that Bexhill College offers the best strategic fit with the aims and objectives of the scheme,” it states.

The site is part of 18-40 Beeching Road, on which the council purchased ‘head leasehold interests’ in December 2018 for a total cost of £877,885.

One half is let to commercial tenants – Screwfix and Phase Electrical – while the remainder is “vacant and in a deteriorating condition”.

The council has already secured a £960,000 Local Growth Fund grant through SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership) to convert the premises into workspaces.

The De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Contemporary Group have also been involved in planning the project, which has been given the working title of ‘Beeching Road Studios’.

The overall idea is to develop a centre that provides a variety of attractive, affordable and secure spaces, as well as access to high quality support services and opportunities for collaboration.

The refurbishment of the exterior of the premises has recently been tendered and work on site is due to commence imminently, with completion expected by December of this year. 

Photo: RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist

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