My fourth visit to the UTC@Harbourside site. Building surveys were now underway so there was a manager on site. The site manager was very interested in my project and offered to take the cherry picker high up in the main building. He took my camera with him and got some great close-up photos of the old machinery on the gantries. He also told me about a mysterious wooden model of a car that was hidden in a loft and helped me get access to get a photo. There is still no indication of what the story might be behind this funny old car.
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.