News: Change of plan for Centrepoint

Posted on 17th January 2020

I had a very useful and informative meeting with Richard Andrew, of Hargreaves. Hargreaves are members of BHBPA and are long standing, major commercial property investors and developers in Burgess Hill.

Richard explained to me that Hargreaves have now decided to not proceed with developing the 55,000 sq. ft headquarters building, referred to as Centrepoint, at their vacant site on Victoria Road, due to there being a range of alternative buildings already built and available within the A23 corridor, including Crawley.

Rather, Hargreaves are looking at speculatively building an alternative scheme of 9 smaller units on the same site. Of course, this will be subject to planning permission, and then construction work, but as a guide the new capacity may be ready from Q3 2021.

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"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)

"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."

Wendy Agate, Community Fund Raising Manager
(St Peter & St James Hospice)

"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"

Bruce Millington, Manager
(Sutton Winson Ltd)