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Sussex Innovation, Falmer: COVID Secure Adaptations


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


GBF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Summer 2022

The project seeks to stimulate the regional innovation ecosystem and accelerate the economic recovery of the region by improving the facilities of the Sussex Innovation Centre, creating a COVID secure environment that will allow businesses to safely return to work and for new businesses to invest in the region.

The Getting Building Fund funding will be invested in furniture, hygiene facilities and equipment that facilitates social distancing and allows business tenants and their teams to continue to work comfortably at the centre whilst adhering with social distancing requirements.

A COVID secure Sussex Innovation Centre will provide a much-needed facility for entrepreneurs and businesses in the SELEP region by providing the right infrastructure to accommodate social distancing. Additionally, the centre will provide hybrid remote working solutions to enable businesses to test new ideas, share expertise and develop new commercial products in key sectors, including highly valuable and productive digital enabling and emerging technologies alongside regionally relevant creative and digital services.

Following delivery of the project, businesses will be able to rotate staff between the home and office environment by accessing high quality virtual meeting rooms designed specifically for a blended distribution of teams in different locations.

The project also seeks to contribute to a long-term reduction in carbon emissions through investment in the right infrastructure to enable sustainable transport for commuting to the centre.

Project Outputs/Outcomes
Jobs created/safeguarded 270

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East.

£85m of Getting Building Fund investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 45 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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Funding value: £200,000
Total Project cost: £300,000
Return to Capital Investment