What’s happening at the Observer Building?

White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures is the owner and developer of Rock House (Cambridge Road), a successful conversion of a run-down 9-storey office block into a creative and collaborative, mixed-use, capped rent hub which now houses 45 businesses and 10 residents.

We are now developing the Observer Building. See the Our Plans page for more info on what the building will be used for.

What has been completed so far?

In 2019 we completed the concrete repairs to the internal frame of the building – a total of 5000 square metres. These works were essential to ensure the longevity of the structure of the building for years to come and are now finished.

What construction works are happening right now ?

We are currently only completing minor works to the inside of the building, such as temporary roof repairs, but these should not disturb neighbours as they are quiet.

Our professional team are advised as part of their contracts to keep noise to a minimum and to carry out work during weekdays and working hours (8-5pm) only.

Will the building works be ongoing?

The renovation inside the building for each individual spaces for rent is being programmed for the coming months within what our funding allows.

Works to the lower 4 floors will commence in January 2021.

Large scale works need to be completed to the roof (removing it to create a garden) and repairs to all the windows and building’s facade. These works require scaffolding and will start in 2021.

Who is carrying out the work?

We’re currently tendering for the main contractor.

Our architect is IF_DO, who were chosen by tender for their experience in mixed use community based projects and friendly team dynamic.

How can I get in touch?

As our neighbours, we welcome your input and involvement. The White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures team are based at Rock House, 49-51 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DT so if you would like to have a face to face chat please come and see us, give us a call on 01424 230222 or email


For general enquiries (weekdays between the hours of 9-5):
Email –
Phone – 01424 230222