I was asked to take some photos of Vicky Harvey, the crane driver ensconced for the next few months 38 meters above the UTC@harbourside site in Newhaven. I had to be down at the site at 7am in order to catch her before she headed up the ladders to the crane cabin (and the ether).
It is great to see a woman in the building trade. They are so few and far between. Vicky very proudly notified me that she is one of only 3 female crane drivers in the country. The press officer for UTC@harbourside wants to use her as a great example to school-aged girls that the building and engineering trades are not closed to them, and that going to the UTC could open many doors
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.
Blog posts about what it is like to photograph this incredible building can be found here.