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. In 2020 we recruited the design team and construction consultants to begin designing the fit-out and obtain planning permission. In spring 2021 our principle contractor (8Build) set up on site and set to work converting this long neglected building.

What construction works are happening right now ?

The lowest 4 floors are currently being fitted out and are due to be complete in summer 2022. The roof has also been completely refurbished to ensure a water tight building for years to come.

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.

Who is carrying out the work?

8Build are our principle contractor, who were chosen by tender for their extensive experience with challenging buildings and fantastic team.

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