After a month away, a lot has happened on the UTC@harbourside site. The most exciting part of my visit was the chance to get to the top of the scaffolding of the carpenter’s shed and see the view from the roof line. I always find it a strange experience to see a roof up close when I know it so well from ground level. The views of Newhaven and the river were spectacular. I loved the chance to see the marine workshop from a completely different angle as well.
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.