In 2018, Rother District Council purchased the freehold on six industrial units comprising 1,599 sqm at Beeching Road Industrial Estate in Bexhill. Grant funding was secured from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to refurbish and re-purpose the buildings in order to provide Workspaces managed by Bexhill College and Flatlands that will accommodate and develop creative sector businesses.

This project followed on from a number of local creative sector initiatives:

  • RDC commissioned creative consultants Always Possible to undertake an Economic Impact and Feasibility Assessment in 2018, for creative workspace in Bexhill underpinning RDC’s drive to support local regeneration through the development of the creative sector in Bexhill.
  • Bexhill is also one of two local hubs delivering SECCADS, a two-year European funded business support programme designed to support Creative, Cultural and Digital Businesses. https://www.southeastcreatives.co.uk
  • Finally, the development of a workspace strategy forms part of the SELEP Culture Sub Group’s work. https://www.southeastlep.com/good-governance/working-groups/south-east-creative-economy-network

By 2025, Beeching Road Studios will be established as:

A distinctive, visual arts-led creative cluster of …

  • Artists and makers
  • Craft, design and media businesses and their supply chains
  • Specialist training and education providers and their students

… that offers tenants, service users and visitors …

  • A variety of attractive, affordable and secure spaces
  • Access to high-quality support services, facilities, learning and cultural experiences
  • Opportunities for collaboration, career development and business growth

… which is based in Beeching Road, Bexhill but is accessible and connected to …

  • Local residents and businesses
  • Other regional creative communities and workspaces
  • Commercial, cultural, educational and civic institutions
  • National and international talents, markets, networks and opportunities.

Further Information

For more information about the project please contact Melanie Powell, RDC Regeneration Officer at melanie.powell@rother.gov.uk

For information on studio rentals please contact Kim Byford, Bexhill College at kimbyford@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

To find out more about LGF projects in the South East LEP area go to https://www.southeastlep.com/our-delivery/how-we-award-funding/