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UTC celebrates its industrial roots Visual record


PART of the interior design and educational experience of the new college is a series of large-scale images by architectural documentary photographer Carlotta Luke. Nine photographs recording the transformation of the building, and reminding students, faculty and visitors of the original rich utility of the workshops, are permanently installed in communal spaces and stairwells of the building’s interior.


year-olds wanting to study subjects including engineering, science, technology or maths, the new UTC@Harbourside in Newhaven exemplifies the values of a community eager to re-invigorate its identity and provide viable opportunities for a new generation of students. The architect, HKS, has incorporated


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the building’s engineering history into the design, to reflect the facility’s curriculum. The structure serves as ‘a canvas to showcase its past,’ says the UTC’s designer, Alfonso Padro, HKS Architects’ head of Education. The large workshop spaces are filled with light ushering in from big windows that frame varying views of the town and waterfront. Padro told edb: There were many site


and planning constraints, the main one being to create new teaching and administrative spaces over three new floors, without compromising the structural and visual integrity of the listed facades by creating new openings. To avoid any potential damage, the new building was designed as a shell inserted behind the existing retained facades, using Structurally Insulated Panels.” In addition to the high standard


The UTC is located within two listed buildings on the Railway Quays site


UILT ON the site of old marine and carpenter’s workshops, and offering modern facilities to 600 14- to 19-


fabric specified, other passive design measures were adopted, including high performing curtain walling, double glazed windows, doors and roof insulation. Active design measures included mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery, efficient lighting and high performance gas boilers which will provide space heating and hot water to the building. The UTC is sponsored by the Aldridge


Foundation, the University of Brighton, Veolia and Lewis District Council. Industry partners include a diverse range of companies including Veolia and local Newhaven businesses. Jon Ward, capital project director at


Aldridge Foundation, said: “The emphasis upon access to river frontage through our partnership with Lewes District Council and our other sponsors University of Brighton and Veolia has meant that we have a building and facility that truly engages the whole community. The school features an iconic learning environment that has embraced site heritage as well as opened access to the river for educational use as well.”


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This work, created over a two-year period, provides a glimpse into the substantial infrastructure of the original building, while deepening the artistic aesthetic of the architectural adaptation.


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Image: Carlotta Luke


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