My eighth visit to the UTC@Harbourside site in Newhaven. I had a chance to see one of the gantries close up as it was awaiting its fate at the side of the building. The remaining gantry will stay in the new college as a reminder of the building’s industrial past. The original Marine Workshops sign, lying nearby, will also remain a part of the new college. I was able to just about get photos of sparks flying as the demolition crew cut through the last of the metal struts in the roof.
The old Marine and Carpenter’s Workshops 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. Renovation and rebuilding will transform this beautiful old building into a new University Technical College for 14-19-year-olds. UTC@Harbourside will specialise in marine and environmental engineering. The partners behind this new school have hired me to document the process of this renovation. For 15 months, 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.