Research shows how the businesses and enterprises on the Phoenix Estate/North Street area are interconnected, sharing essential resources, services and knowledge. Redevelopment of the site means that this rich economic and community eco-system will be lost for good.
Around 450 hundred people are currently employed in the area bounded by the proposed development.
It has been clear for a long time that that there is a well-established web of interconnections (shared machinery, space, services, skills and ideas) between the ‘creative’ businesses on the Phoenix Estate.
In late Summer 2014, LPR took Santon and LDC on a tour of the sub-tenants of the Phoenix Estate and they took note, for the first time, of these vital interconnections. As a result, Santon and LPR agreed to work together on a formal survey to understand these interdependencies and their importance; (the data was compiled by Make Good).
- 80% said the interconnections with other businesses were important or very important
- 82% said that their connection with Lewes town is important or very important
- 92% said moving out of the Phoenix Estate would be problematic or very problematic
A third of the businesses collaborate together or share skills, machinery and materials
The top three reasons for basing their businesses on Phoenix Estate were affordability of rent, size of space and location.