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The project to renovate the Observer Building (OB), the iconic ex-newspaper factory at the heart of Hastings town centre, is entering its next exciting phase – developing designs for the renovation.
With the 5000 square metres of internal concrete repairs now complete, our newly appointed architects, IF_DO will be looking to the community to shape the future of the building.
Work began this September to gather people’s ideas at events attended by over 2,000 people. Locals of all ages commented on design proposals for each floor at the OB’s Coastal Currents exhibition and the Village Fete in the Alley. Some of the inspired suggestions made were a climbing wall, a creative hub for families, a palm house on the roof and even a banana shop!
As well as commissioned research with target groups, IF_DO will be gathering ideas from the broader public on the following dates:
- Saturday 30th November, 11-5pm at the Retrobella Vintage Market in the Observer Building (Cambridge Road)
- Thursday 12th December, 11-2pm at the Town Centre market (Robertson Street)
Sarah Castle, lead architect on the project said: “Listening to the Hastings community is an essential part of the Observer Building project. The design team enjoyed gathering ideas at events this summer, which have influenced the project’s feasibility report.”
As the designs for the building develop, the architects hope to hear many more people’s views at upcoming events before Christmas. These will help them maximise the benefits of the project both to future users and the surrounding community.
The OB team are keen to hear from people across Hastings in the coming months to shape the future of the building. These will help them maximise the benefits of the project both to future users and the surrounding community. To keep up to date with the project, join the mailing list and find out about events where you can meet the team visit: www.theob.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.