On my last two visits to the UTC@Harbourside site, I have had only restricted access to the site. This created a different sort of challenge to shooting the site. I am hoping to get back there this week. I miss my regular visits to the lovely old building. It is funny how the pigeons are undisturbed by any changes to the site it seems, as they are as numerous as ever.
The old Marine Workshops buildings in Newhaven Harbour have been empty for a long time now but they were once a hive of industrial activity where boats, ferries and even a paddle steamer were maintained and repaired, with the adjacent railway buildings housing their own railway workshops.
The buildings will now have a new lease of life. The renovation and rebuilding have begun which will transform this beautiful old building into a new University Technical College. UTC@Harbourside will specialise in marine and environmental engineering. The partners behind this new school for 14 – 19 year olds have hired me to document the process of this renovation. For the next year, I will be taking a weekly journey down the road from Lewes to the coast to watch this old abandoned building emerge as a new place for learning and inspiration.