Marine Court
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex


Architect: Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen

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Positioned on the third floor of the remarkable Grade II-listed Marine Court, this seafront flat has two large bedrooms and panoramic views of the sea. Designed by Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen, the building was completed in 1938.

The south-facing apartment retains many of its original features such as parquet floors in the kitchen, wardrobes, door handles, electric heaters and a sliding glass serving hatch between the kitchen and living room. The living space forms the hub of the flat and occupies an excellent position at the front of the building facing south, across the seafront. The second bedroom is used by the current resident, a musician, as a recording studio and work space.

The first foundations of Marine Court were laid in 1936 and construction was completed in 1938. An early pioneer of steel-frame construction, the building is 14 storeys high and sits broadside to the seafront. Its form was overtly based on the Queen Mary, a transatlantic cruise ship which entered commercial service in 1936. The east end of Marine Court is shaped to imitate the curved, stacked bridge front of the Queen Mary; the eastern restaurant served to imitate the fo’c’sle deck of the ship.

The building is currently undergoing a major external refurbishment now that its management has been taken over by the residents. However, the remainder of the exterior work has already been completed around this particular flat.

St. Leonards-on-Sea is fast becoming a popular seaside town, partly due to its proximity to London, but also because of its beautiful regency architecture. Developer-architect James Burton, and his son Decimus, developed the resort in the early 19th century, with echoes of London’s Marylebone and Belgravia where the Burtons had previously practiced.

St. Leonards has a growing number of delicatessens, bars, pubs and restaurants, and has been a popular destination for 20th-century furniture shops and galleries for some years.

Direct train services from St. Leonards and Hastings reach London’s Charing Cross in approximately an hour and a half.

Residents are able to purchase a share of freehold from the residents’ association, which will allow for an extension of the lease length.

Tenure: Leasehold 
Length of Lease: Approx. 89 years
Service Charge: Approx. £5578 per annum

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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