Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has officially opened Havelock Place, a £7m office development built by VINCI Construction UK in Hastings.
The seven-storey facility provides flexible office accommodation with basement parking and retail units at street level. A particular feature of the interior architecture is the double height reception with raised floors, and two 10-person passenger lifts.
At the same time the Chancellor took the opportunity to discuss the regeneration plan for Sussex.
Meeting with local business leaders, including VINCI Construction UK’s Regional Director, Jason Griffiths, he debated the challenges of attracting people with the right skill sets to deliver the National Infrastructure Plan, projects in the pipeline, and the funding and support from the government to help local businesses grow.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, commented: “Today, I have seen first-hand the regeneration taking place in Hastings and the positive effect it is having on the local economy. Government support, through such things as the Growing Places Fund, has boosted projects like Havelock Place, providing much needed finance to get important developments going.
“The government’s long term economic plan is to back business and support local economies which are vital for providing jobs and security for hardworking people. What I’ve seen today shows this plan is working and has highlighted East Sussex as a great coastal business location.”
Regional Director for VINCI Construction UK, Jason Griffiths, said: “We are delighted to have contributed to the redevelopment of Hastings. Havelock Place offers a superb, contemporary space, already proving popular with businesses, commercial enterprises and local universities looking to develop and grow, which in turn provides employment opportunities for local people.”