This brown field site was derelict for some years and an eyesore for Bexhill. Negotiations between Orbit and Gemselect resulted in a partnership that has produced homes for local people.
The £5.5 million scheme was built in partnership with architects, Blue Ridge Design Limited. The development was made possible with £1.6 million of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and £500,000 funding from Rother District Council, who supported the scheme.
The architecture of Compass House resembles that of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill as well as other sea front buildings in the town, allowing it to fit into the area perfectly. The 42 apartments, set across four floors, are a combination of one, two and three bedroom apartments. The building itself is built on the site of the former Hollenden House Care Home, which provided care for ex-servicemen in the area. The home closed its doors in 2006 before the site was re-developed.
Work started on site on 11 May 2009 and shortly afterwards the project hit the national headlines when a WWII bomb was uncovered by the contractors digging the foundations. Local school children and residents were evacuated from the area before the bomb disposal squad safely detonated the device.