The Observer Building, Hastings

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

£4,261

raised of £10,000 target

97

supporters
43% 9 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by May 4th 2019 at 12:00pm

We want to create a hopeful future for this Hastings icon after 34 years of dereliction

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Donate whatever you can and help us breathe new life into the 

Observer Building

In under 5 years, we have transformed Rock House, a once derelict office block in Hastings Town Centre, into a vibrant place which blends living, working and community space for local people. The space fosters creative enterprise, has generated homes, jobs and self-employment, and is continually contributing to the changing image and reality of Hastings as a great place to visit, live and work.

We are proud to have the opportunity to massively scale up this work with the iconic Observer Building!

This much-loved local building has been empty for far too long and we are working hard to bring it back to life. We want to create a thriving, vibrant place in this special part of Hastings for people to work, learn, live and have fun – with the community at its heart.

It’s a challenging project but we have an experienced team with local professionals on board who are passionate about the building and who are committed to our sustainable, socially responsible way of working.

We know the Observer Building is important to the local people as part of Hastings’ economic and cultural heritage. That’s why donating even £1 and adding your name to our supporter list really matters – it will help us show funders and other influential stakeholders just how much it means. 

An early demonstration of strong local support will make all the difference to the project’s success – so please donate a small amount and share the link with your friends, family and colleagues.

Your support will help us fill the building with people once more and see it playing an important role in our community again.

Thank you to all our supporters.

WHAT THIS CROWDFUNDER MONEY IS FOR

We want funders to know how much people care about bringing the Observer Building back to life. With every supporter name and your messages of support, we can make a good case to gain their backing.

That’s why every supporter, and every message, really matters.

  • For a minimum of £1 you can add your name to our list of supporters and give yourself a pat on the back!
  • For a minimum of £5 donation, you see your name become a permanent part of a piece of wall art inside the Observer Building.
  • And, if you can, leave us a message of support – it means a lot to us and we can tell our backers how much you care

Every donation helps us with start-up costs too.

We work in a phased, organic way so the money raised will go towards the essential work to make the building ready for people to use the space - as early as summer 2019!

We are already talking to local businesses, start-up companies, creative enterprises and community-minded organisations about how they might use the space and begin to contribute to the community.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US

White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures is a community-rooted neighbourhood developer. We successfully developed Rock House from an empty office block into a thriving mixed-use space that is now home to 43 businesses and 88 individual tenants, all paying securely capped rents.

Now we are bringing the Observer Building back to life too.

Developing the OB will spread and add to the social benefits Rock House offers to the town – affordable homes and workspace, local economic growth, opportunities for collaboration, the productive use of otherwise wasted buildings, and improvement to local amenities. We believe the social impact of the OB will provide life-changing opportunities for local people and small businesses.

See more about our plans here: www.theob.org.uk

REWARDS

We have a varied collection of awesome in-kind donations from local partners and supporters offering unique, and some money can’t buy, rewards for your donations. Thank you to all of them for their generosity and support.

NEW REWARDS ADDED!

£1 - Add your name to our list of supporters and give yourself a pat on the back.

£10 - 100 chances to add your likeness to our ‘Sergeant Pepper’ style wall paper decorating the wall in our window display.

£15 - 10 places for artists/creatives on a 4-hour session of ‘creating’ inside the 34 year derelict Observer Building. Work to be selected from this pool for an exhibition in an empty space inside the OB in September 2019.

£20 - 15 places on a one-off history and geography walk with local historian Steve Peak and local entrepreneur and PhD student Jess Steele about the history and changes afoot in White Rock, Hastings.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Give yourself a pat on the back!

For a £1 donation, join our supporter list and give yourself a pat on the back! And, if you can, leave us a message of support – it means a lot to us and we can tell our backers how much you care

£5 or more

Your name as part of wall art in the OB

For a minimum of £5 donation, you see your name become a permanent part of a piece of wall art inside the Observer Building. A textile artist is currently being chosen from a pool of interested local practitioners.

£10 or more

3 of 100 claimed

Become part of our window display

100 chances to add your likeness to our ‘Sergeant Pepper’ style wall paper decorating the wall in our window display. Details of how to claim to follow after 4 May.

£15 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Creation time in the OB

10 places for artists/creatives on a 4-hour session of ‘creating’ inside the 34 year derelict Observer Building. Work to be selected from this pool for an exhibition in an empty space inside the OB in September 2019.

£20 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Tour - Past, present & future of America Ground

15 places on an exclusive tour of the America Ground and Trinity Triangle with local historian, Steve Peak, and social entrepreneur and PhD student, Jess Steele, for a unique insight into the past, present and future of this iconic heritage neighbourhood.

£30 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Reclaimed Robin

Harbor are also offering six reclaimed wooden Robins. Beautifully carved and carefully painted by local craftsmen.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Cut and blow dry from Yard + Quarter

You may have heard of James Nash and his haircuts in The Snug at The Crown pub on All Saints in Hastings’ Old Town. He has made a name for himself as a creative and down-to-earth hairdresser, with an excellent eye for style and design. He is offering his excellent skills to the crowdfunder – please do support us and get styled at the same time!

£60 or more

5 of 6 claimed

Nest Hut from Harbor

Local contemporary furniture makers Harbor create beautiful pieces of furniture out of reclaimed wood. Pledge £60 for one of their gorgeous Nest Huts: a birdbox with a distinctly Hastings character. One and two storey Nest Huts on offer.

£60 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£60 course for two at Tommy's Pizzeria

Tommy’s Pizzeria were so keen on the Observer Building and everything it stands for that they have offered us a place at their sparkly new tables once they reopen in Spring 2019. Grab a VIP seat with a slap-up meal to boot.

£120 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Two courses for four at Tommy's Pizzeria

Tommy’s Pizzeria were so keen on the Observer Building and everything it stands for that they have offered us a place at their sparkly new tables once they reopen in Spring 2019. Grab a VIP seat with a slap-up meal to boot.

£200 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Photoshoot

For a donation of £200 you can have a full hour of portrait or event photography by Rock House tenant and published (‘Humans of London’) photographer Cathy Teesdale. This includes an optimised slideshow gallery collection of all the best shots, and your choice of 5 hi-res jpegs to keep and print from.

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Video Production

In return for a £1000 donation, Rock House tenant Adam Clements (Tree Tunnel) will produce a 1-2 minute documentary-style video for you or your business. Adam also made our excellent Crowdfunder video.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Limited Edition Art

For a £5000 donation (OBO), you will receive one of a run of just 3 art prints by Paul Hamlyn award-winning local artist Becky Beasley, exclusive to backers of this project!


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