WORK to fully refurbish an iconic seafront building in St Leonards is set to take up to five years.
The first stage in the mammoth works on Marine Court was completed in November.
Triton, the firm appointed to carry out the work, which cost £300,000, included concrete and brickwork repairs and re-coating, replacement of metal railings, work to the roof and balconies, and complete external redecoration.
Paul Bowie, of Battle Road, St Leonards, said friends and family visiting from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, remarked on how much better the eastern end of Marine Court looked.
He said: “When is this excellent improvement going to be completed and why did they only do a small bit of it? I wondered if it was perhaps an experiment in a new type of long lasting paint.
“It certainly shows what a potential it could be for this iconic building. I hope the owners push to get the job completed.”
Hugh Rowlandson, building surveyor for Strutt and Parker, the property company which manages Marine Court, said: “There is a huge amount being spent on the building’s refurbishment and the work is being phased in stages over five years.
“The next stage is due to start in May and we will be meeting with Marine Court’s directors shortly to discuss it. It is expected to finish in September or October.
“The exact amount of work for each year will vary.”
Marine Court, which has 167 flats in total, is a Grade II listed building and was designed by architects Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen in the Art Deco style and completed in 1936.
Richard Compton Miller, one of the seven directors of Marine Court Freeholders Ltd, said: “The building has 12 storeys and four blocks so there is no way we would be able to afford to do the work in one go.
“There are internal things that need to be worked on such as the plumbing, electricity, lifts and lobbies.
“Marine Court is an iconic and wonderful building and it is used in all of the publicity for Hastings and St Leonards and it is located in one of the main tourist spots.”
Money for the repairs is being collected by managing agent Strutt and Parker, from the service fees paid by flat owners.