Sale of Emblem House in Southwick secured

16th March 2023

Our commercial team is delighted to confirm the sale of a well-known but rare Freehold Factory, with a very happy client. These premises are within the Brighton conurbation and extend to over 12,500 sq. ft.

Emblem house on Manor Hall Road, Southwick has been sold to Standard8, who design, make and install cultural exhibitions, information graphics and bespoke pieces for projects in prime national and international locations. These premises will enable Standard8 to expand its operation from the smaller Portslade space they are currently occupying. The factory has been the home of John Nicholas Bespoke Furniture for 20 years, and its availability on the market provided a rare opportunity in a market scarce of stock. 

Due to the high demand for industrial space across Sussex we were able to agree a sale in excess of our guide price of £1.25m; this following a best bids procedure which we recommended from the outset. Our team were able to arrange a short-term lease back as part of the deal, and Standard8 will take occupation later this year. Our Commercial Agency Director, Steven Harvey, handled the sale. 

Steven comments,

This sale underlines the pent-up demand for industrial premises of all sizes in the Sussex region. Our marketing strategy enabled us to tap into both the investor and occupier markets, leading to an exceptional result for our client which was over and above expectations. Both parties and their solicitors were a pleasure to deal with!

John Nicholas of Bespoke Furniture comments,

We approached the Oakley Commercial department after a recommendation from our solicitors. They gave us the right advice from the start and their sales strategy enabled us to sell the building at a higher-than-expected price following a best bids process. Throughout the process they were attentive, knowledgeable, communicative and a pleasure to deal with . It's very pleasing to be able to plan my retirement, knowing that the building will be occupied by a successful local manufacturing company similar to my own.

Director of the purchasing business Standard8, Tom Snell comments,

We are thrilled to be able to secure our long term future in Emblem house. This property is perfect for our needs and will enable our company to expand to the next level. The commercial team at Oakley were a delight to deal with and helped make the transaction as smooth as possible!


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