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Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase 'value engineering', Belle Toute lighthouse in East Sussex went on the market for £850,000 last week, eight years after being moved back from the cliff's edge. Bought as a leasehold for £200,000 in 1996 with the freehold subsequently purchased for £900, owners Mark and Louise Roberts spent £250,000 in 1999 to move their home 17m inland (NCE 18 March 1999). Situated on Beachy Head just 4m from the cliff's edge, Belle Toute was in perilous danger of falling into the sea. Groundworks contractor Abbey Pynford installed a grillage of steel beams under the 850t structure. It then slid the whole lot along four massively reinforced concrete slide beams. The lighthouse was first operational in 1834, became a listed building in 1950 and was bought by the BBC in 1986. It is being sold through national property specialist Strutt & Parker.

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