How we support you

Affordable accommodation

33 rental properties. Check if you are eligible.

Subsidised rent

Subsidised rates for eligible ICE members, former members and their immediate families. 

Help with relocation

Practical and financial support for those in financial hardship to help with removal costs.

Financial support

Ongoing or one-off financial assistance to support those in financial hardship.

As soon as Haroon saw the photos of the housing and showed his wife, they wanted to move in straight away.


Are you finding it hard to afford accommodation near to your work, or perhaps you are moving to another area?

The Ben Fund has an estate of properties at Mill Hill Close in Sussex, UK. The properties are available to rent at preferential rates for eligible members facing challenging circumstances. In some cases, financial support can also be offered alongside housing at Mill Hill Close.

Life at Mill Hill Close

Built for the benefit of civil engineers and their families, the estate of properties lies in the West Sussex town of Haywards Heath, just 45 minutes from London and 12 miles from the sea.

There are 33 properties, consisting of 2 bedroom houses and 1 bedroom apartments. Haywards Heath is surrounded by beautiful countryside near to the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park.

Excellent transport and facilities

Haywards Heath train station and Waitrose are just 10 minutes walking distance from the estate.

The town has a range of excellent primary and secondary schools and good links to colleges and higher education providers.

The Dolphin Leisure Centre and Sainsbury’s are also within a 10 minute walk.

History of Mill Hill Close

Plans for the Close were first drafted in 1938 and designed by architect Harold Turner, in consultation with Sir Edwin Lutyens. 

The properties were designed to provide housing for civil engineers returning from the Second World War and for the families of civil engineers who had properties destroyed in the Blitz.

Mill Hill Close is a conservation area and now provides a community for today’s ICE members, former members and their families

Are you eligible for subsidised rent?

Speak to our Head of Casework at the Ben Fund office to find out

If it wasn't for the quick and decisive action of the Ben Fund to pay my rent, I don't know where I would be right now
Haroon - Graduate Member

The Ben Fund supported Haroon and his family at a time of financial need and helped him relocate to Sussex and ease his financial situation.

Take a 360 view of Mill Hill Close

Play the video. Click on the image and drag to find your way around.

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