Construction firm opens Sussex office in Pacific House

Building company BMR Construction has moved into a second-floor office in Pacific House, based at Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park, to manage its portfolio of public and community projects in Sussex and expand into social housing. 

Established in Tonbridge in Kent in 2013, BMR – which stands for ‘build, maintain, renew’ – creates school, residential, community and commercial buildings across London and the South East. 

The firm has found a particular demand for its services in Sussex, with recent projects including assisted living contracts for East Sussex County Council, residential work and a health centre for the Mayfield independent girls school.

As a central part of its growth strategy, BMR has also formed a strategic partnership with Eastbourne-based affordable and modular housing specialist Goscombe. The companies are collaborating to deliver social housing schemes, with Goscombe manufacturing homes offsite and BMR providing the construction services to install them.

In searching for a new office to support its Sussex business, BMR looked at premises in Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings before opting for Pacific House. 

Tom McDowell, managing director of BMR, said: “With our increasing number of projects in the county and our new partnership with Goscombe, a Sussex office was the next logical step for our business. The only question was: ‘where?’

“We carefully considered a range of options and felt Eastbourne provided an ideal set of advantages. It’s convenient for our employees and partners, with good amenities and walks nearby.

“Pacific house itself is a great, well-designed building. It’s particularly appealing internally with an inspiring, airy feel and a tangible sense of headspace to think clearly on a day-to-day basis.” 

BMR’s new office provides room for the company to expand, and it is currently recruiting for quantity surveyor and estimator positions.

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