The Observer Building, Hastings

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st June 2019 we successfully raised £10,185 with 241 supporters in 112 days

Creating a hopeful future for this Hastings icon after 34 years of dereliction

by Adam Clements in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Wow! What a difference!

Hello OB peeps!

We are sending a mini-update to let you know that the kind folk of Crowdfunder have allowed us to extend for a final last push.

We want to use this time to capture the numbers and comments of local supporters to include in important funding bids that we’re putting together this month. That’s why even £1 and a comment will make a huge difference to the success of the project, so please do spread the word through your networks!

Thank you so much for your support so far. Numbers are growing, as is the list of rewards available. New additions: Bookbuster vouchers, creative time in the building, a tour of the America Ground with phd student and co-owner of the OB Jess Steele and local historian Steve Peak plus much more. Grab them while you can!

Wishing you a wonderful week, and a fabulous May Day bank holiday. 

The OB team

Above: Robin Crowley's model of the proposed uses of the OB, now on display in our front window. Note: this shows interim uses. 

Initial proposed plans include a thriving leisure destination on the alley level, mezzanine and ground floors, co-working spaces on the first floor, artist-maker spaces on the second and third floors, a construction workshop to support the renovation, and a roof garden and bar looking out to sea.

The second and third floors will eventually be converted to flats to be let at capped rents. Work won’t begin on these before mid-2021 as funding allows. 

Read more about our plans in detail in our latest article with Hastings Independent Press


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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

26 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.

£10 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Bookbuster! £5 book vouchers

Bookbuster is offering £5 book vouchers, we have 5 available, redeemable against any in-stock items at Bookbuster Queens Road

£15 or more

10 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.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Creation Time at the OB - FIVE MORE ADDED!

5 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

14 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. Tour will take place on Saturday 22nd June: more details on receipt of reward.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Bookbuster! £10 book vouchers

Bookbuster is offering £10 book vouchers, we have 2 available, redeemable against any in-stock items at Bookbuster Queens Road

£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

6 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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