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?

This year 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. Our current plans are to some move workspace and leisure tenants into the building from spring/summer 2020.

We also plan to convert floor 2 and 3 into 16 affordable homes, expected to start in late 2020.

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 is not yet programmed into the project.

Who is carrying out the work?

We’re using a team of local contractors including Hastings Building Services (main contractor), Roger Bunney (Structural Engineer) and John Page (Quantity Surveyor).

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 find out more information?

We will keep you up to date on the timing and nature of building works throughout via a window display in the OB window on Cambridge Road and on this page. You can see more general information about who are and our plans for the Observer Building on the Our Plans and FAQ sections of our website.

You can also watch videos from the meeting we held for neighbours in March on our YouTube channel.

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.


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

For emergency enquiries about the building site (24 hours), please phone our emergency line on 01424 234 723