CONSTRUCTION has begun on a major new logistics and industrial development in Mid Sussex.

A total of 84,000 sq ft is being developed in Handcross by Tungsten Properties.

SHW Business Space have been instrumental in the project’s conception and driving it forward so far.

Some 43,000 sq ft has already been pre-sold to Pets Corner, and a transaction has been agreed to sell the remaining 40,000 sq ft to an investor meaning units are now available To Let from 10,000 – 40,000 sq ft.

The developer, Tungsten Properties, is one of the leading industrial and logistics developers in the UK and in 2017 Tungsten won the IAS (Industrial Agent Society) Award for Best UK Multi-Let Industrial Estate.

There is a timelapse camera giving daily updates on the build at

Completion is dune In June.

Simon Forrest, Property Director for Pets Corner, said: “We have been looking for a suitable freehold warehouse facility for about five years and were surprised by the real lack of opportunities in this part of Sussex.

“Most developers sadly seem more interested in building houses but businesses like ours need to be able to grow and provide jobs for the people who will be living in those houses.

“Fortunately, with the help of SHW, we were able to secure our building off plan and we look forward to taking possession later this year.’’

Jeff Penman, Managing Director of Tungsten Properties, said: “We were delighted to win the acquisition of this site, given its important strategic position, and the dearth of supply along the A23 corridor.

“Construction is now firmly underway with the first steelwork due to go up shortly.”

Tim Hardwicke, Head of Business Space for SHW, said: “It is great to see speculative development paying off in the form of these two sales being agreed during construction.

“Demand in the south east for new high quality units continues to be high whilst a combination of factors has resulted in wholly inadequate supply.

“Fortunately developers such as Tungsten have had the foresight and courage to take the necessary steps to help alleviate the shortfall, and SHW have been able to draw the necessary parties together in order to make it possible.

“A key driver in the office sector is a continuing change in workplace culture with more intensive occupation of space and greater demand for smaller offices, while in the industrial and logistics market there remains a shortage of stock, exacerbated by the painfully slow and politicised planning process,”