Bidders come forward to take on Adur Civic Centre

Adur Civic Centre is the polling station
Adur Civic Centre is the polling station
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ADUR District Council confirmed that several ‘serious’ bidders have stepped forward to take on the Adur Civic Centre in Shoreham.

As businesses and developers look to move into the Ham Road site, Adur District Council leader Neil Parkin said that no decisions have been made as the council has yet to sit down and consider all the applications.

“It remains on the market at the moment and we’ll look at the bidders once they’re all in.

“We can’t just take on the first person that comes along,” said Mr Parkin.

Previously, Mr Parkin said the council was pursuing a joint venture with another developer so it could secure a revenue stream from the site that was built in the 1970s.

It currently houses a number of third-sector and other temporary occupiers following the relocation of the majority of the council’s services.

Mr Parkin continued: “We have had some serious offers come through so far, but we’re going to wait.

“We can’t have people keep it as it is, the site needs to be redeveloped.

“We also can’t have any flats at the bottom of the building due to the flood risk,” he added.

Mr Parkin said continuing to maintain the Civic Centre would cost the council £1million a year for five years as the building was partially falling down and the steel structures rusted.

Applications will continue to be accepted until December time, when the council will review all offers.

One business looking to expand and move into the site is Focus Group, one of the UK’s leading communications service providers, which is currently located in Southwick Square.

Director Ralph Gilbert said he would like his business to continue to thrive in the local area, rather than move further away.

“We had 50 staff to begin with and now we have 150 at the moment. In the next two years we’d like to employ another 150 staff,” he said.

Mr Gilbert continued to say that he would like to see businesses in the Civic Centre, as opposed to flats.

“It’s our tenth year anniversary and we’ve had a fantastic year. If not here, we may have to move up to Burgess Hill,” he added.

Best offers are invited for the freehold or leasehold interest in the property.

Sellers, BNP Paribas Real Estate, stated it would like the site redeveloped through a disposal structure and that a range of offers would be considered.