Who are White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures?

White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures (WRNV) emerged from years of sustained local community engagement, first around Hastings Pier and then focusing on the rest of the White Rock neighbourhood and particularly the area around the Alley behind Claremont.

WRNV is a joint venture between three social enterprises brought together in summer 2014 by serial community entrepreneur Jess Steele OBE. WRNV 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’s happening right now?

There will be a phased approach to building works. This year we the team are completing concrete repairs and initial renovations to make part of the building rentable, to include floor G, 1, 2 and 3.

On Monday 18 March a programme of internal repair works began in the Observer Building, the first structural repair work that has been carried out on the building in over 30 years.

Initially scheduled for 17 weeks, we have since identified additional repairs to the concrete which means the works have had to be extended for a further 9 weeks.

The additional work is necessary to ensure the quality of the repairs and the longevity of the structure of the building.  The new programme can be seen here and in the Neighbours’ information window of the Observer Building on Prospect Place.

As before, noise will be kept to a minimum and carried out during weekdays and working hours (8-5pm) only. To minimise disruption to you and our existing tenants at Rock House, the team will be carrying out renovations that will make the building safe and habitable but which require the minimum possible intervention.

Will the building works be ongoing?

The fit out work for the spaces will develop as tenants emerge and funding allows, with plans to move tenants into the building from 2019. We also plan to convert floor 2 and 3 into 16 affordable homes, expected to start in 2020.

Who is carrying out the work?

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

We are also using a specialist concrete repairs contractor Structural Renovations who are delighted to be supporting a community project.

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