The transformation of the Observer Building in Hastings has been granted planning permission.
This community-led project will see the conversion of the long-abandoned building to create a new piece of social infrastructure for the town. When complete it will contain three floors of leisure businesses, one floor of low-cost workspace for local businesses, 16 living rent flats, and a rooftop extension with two floors of terraces and multi-use community spaces to make the most of the views.
Working alongside architecture studio IF_DO, all structure and building services works will be made by Webb Yates Engineers.
The Observer Building is a landmark property in Hastings that was built in 1924 to be the offices and print works for the local newspaper, the Hastings & St Leonards Observer. It comprises 4,000sqm of industrial floor space over seven floors.