Alongside and interwoven with the rescue of buildings from dereliction into productive use, we lead or get involved in a number of cross-cutting projects.


Trinity Triangle Haz

Trinity Triangle HAZ

The Trinity Triangle High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four year regeneration programme supported by Historic England to breathe new life into a historic part of Hastings town centre: the Trinity Triangle and America Ground. The High Street Heritage Action Zone will see a drive to bring empty and run down historic buildings back to life to provide housing, workspaces, a gallery and shops that are affordable for residents and business owners.


OBX - the creative technology hub

OBX  is the Creative Technology hub for Hastings Commons, based in the mezzanine floor in the Observer Building. OBX work with local communities and artists to run workshops, talks, exhibitions and arts projects. They explore opportunities presented by creative technology to build stronger communities, develop great art and talent and support employment potential. They aim to be led and inspired by communities local to our buildings.

You can find out more about OBX on the OB website.

Creative Technology Hub
Creative Technology Hub

OBX - the creative technology hub

OBX is a long-term creative technology project operating out of the Mezzanine floor of the Observer Building. It explores the opportunities presented by creative technology in building stronger communities.

It is an open, accessible, inclusive community inspired and led project that actively responds to the varied needs of the people and communities of Hastings. Our goal is to open up the tools and debates of the often-exclusionary fields of art and technology for collective action for a better future.

Currently taking bookings for their Valentines Themed 3D printed couple portrait project here.


The Youth Commons

The Youth Commons is a Youth Investment Funded project. We work with people aged 11-18 responding to the wants and needs of young people in and around Hastings. We offer a term time programme of evening sessions at Eagle House. During these sessions there is free food, activities and time to hang out with your friends. This is a 3rd space for young people away from school and home where they can be their authentic selves with the support of youth workers.

Alongside the termtime weekly sessions we also run a series of youth led events in The Observer Building. These events are all about giving young people ownership of a space and platforming young creatives in paid opportunities. The Youth Commons has lots of opportunities for 11-18 year olds to take a leading role in the programme. We host industry placements college students and run 6 monthly paid training positions for NEET people aged 17/18.


Kickstart Project

The Kickstart programme was part of a government scheme aimed at fostering employment for young people aged 16 to 24. Alongside two partner organisations, we employed 16 young people and provided them with weekly employability training to ensure these participants learnt crucial skills and to increase their likelihood of employment going forward. A resounding success due to our flexible needs-based approach tailoring roles to individual participants, we have since directly employed 3 of these ‘Kickstarters’ and continue to engage with others, each of whom contributes to the life and vibrancy of the ‘Commons’. Though the government scheme ended in March 2022, we hope to restart a version of this programme ourselves!

You can read more about the Kickstart Project in our recently launched Reflections Journal!

Kickstart Programme

Heritage Development Trust

Heritage Development Trust

Architectural Heritage Fund have supported the Hastings Commons over the past 3 years as a ‘heritage development trust’ – that is a non-profit, locally-rooted organisation tackling several heritage buildings


Kickstart Programme

Kickstart Project

The Kickstart programme was part of a government scheme aimed at fostering employment for young people aged 16 to 24. Alongside two partner organisations, we employed 16 young people and provided them with weekly employability training to ensure these participants learnt crucial skills and to increase their likelihood of employment going forward. A resounding success due to our flexible needs-based approach tailoring roles to individual participants, we have since directly employed 3 of these ‘Kickstarters’ and continue to engage with others, each of whom contributes to the life and vibrancy of the ‘Commons’. Though the government scheme ended in March 2022, we hope to restart a version of this programme ourselves!

You can read more about the Kickstart Project in our recently launched Reflections Journal!