Expressions of Interest sought for the Gateway Café

Expressions of Interest sought for the Gateway Café

Do you have what it takes to run the Gateway Café at the Big Park? 


Peacehaven Town Council are seeking Expressions of interest  for an exciting opportunity to lease the new Gateway Café as part of the Big Parks Project at Centenary Park, Peacehaven. The project has created a new destination park for Peacehaven by modernising some of the facilities in the existing Piddinghoe Sports Park and providing new facilities on new park land given by Southern Water.

The Café was created by remodelling an existing maintenance building into a 40 cover multi-use café and interpretation space including 3 toilets (1 internal and 2 external), kitchen and storage. The building is the focal point of the new park and has been complemented with significant investment in new facilities in the park.

The Café includes a number of renewable technologies including Solar PV, Solar Thermal and a Pellet boiler. The café is a destination gateway to the South Downs National Park (SDNP) and has on-site provision of bespoke playgrounds, skatepark, sport facilities, cycle and walking paths and an ancient village reconstruction will soon be constructed (subject to funding), making this a unique park that attracts visitors from around the area.

The café operator will be required to further build the business and identify customer opportunities to maximise on the potential visitors to the site. The Big Park Project business plan makes the following assumptions on potential visitors to the site;

“The baseline scenario suggests that the Big Park could attract “significant”

visitors per year when fully operational. This doesn’t take into consideration

existing dog walkers and users of the Piddinghoe Sports Centre and Pavilion

and additional visitors generated through events and educational programmes.

The enhanced scenario assumes that there will be a very high “environmental”

quality with excellent facilities particularly in terms of play and catering, which

is likely to significantly increase local usage.”

It will be important for the café operator to “buy into” the greater vision for the park and help to realise the projected visitor rates.

For more information or to request a copy of the Information Package and Expression of Interest Form, please call 01273 585493 or email The closing date for submitting expressions of interest is 10th July 2015.

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