Inside the former Hastings Observer building ahead of its redevelopment

Here is an inside looks of the former Hastings Observer building which is due to be renovated next year after planning permission was granted last month.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 4:04 pm
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145333001

Hastings Borough Council, under delegated authority, granted permission to the building’s owners White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures (WRNV) on September 18. WRNV have owned the building since February 14, 2019, and are hoping to turn it into their second community hub in the town centre, along with Rock House, which is located next to the old Observer building. The planning permission allows for a change of use, a two-storey replacement roof extension and a full refurbishment of the existing building. Under WRNV’s plans, the building, located in Cambridge Road, will provide a mixed-use redevelopment which includes space for retail, offices, a microbrewery, 15 residential units, event and gym space, and management accommodation. The plans also include external alterations, cycle storage and other associated works. The works are expected to begin early next year and will likely continue until March 2022. Click here for the latest information on the project.

Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150132001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150119001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150105001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150052001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150038001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150024001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150010001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145957001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145944001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145931001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145918001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145905001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145852001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145838001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145627001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145825001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145812001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145759001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145746001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145733001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145720001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150349001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150336001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150323001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150309001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150255001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145707001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145654001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145641001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145613001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett Tour leader: Jay Simpson Administrator White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures Ltd Living Rents (Hastings) Ltd SUS-201028-145559001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145546001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145533001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145519001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145506001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145453001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145440001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145427001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145414001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145400001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-145347001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150402001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150241001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150227001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150213001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150159001
Press tour of the Old Observer Building in Hastings on 28/10/20. Photo Justin Lycett SUS-201028-150146001