Sponsors of the new university technical college for Sussex UTC@harbourside held a topping out ceremony on Thursday 18 June to mark completion of the structure of the buildings.
The historic Grade II listed marine workshops at Railway Quay, Newhaven are being converted to provide an iconic home for the UTC.
Leader of Lewes District Council, Cllr Rob Blackman joined the sponsors to put the finishing touches to the roof. The college is jointly sponsored by the Council, the Aldridge Foundation, the University of Brighton and Veolia. It is being converted by Kier Construction.
Offering an outstanding academic and technical education for 14-18 year olds in Sussex interested in science, technology, engineering, maths and computing, the college opens on 7 September. Work continues to fit out the inside of the three-storey building with state of the art science, engineering and computer labs and create a habitat zone on the roof.
Cllr Blackman said on behalf of the sponsors: “We are delighted that the University of Brighton, the Aldridge Foundation, Lewes District Council and Veolia have been able to deliver this new educational establishment, a UTC, through our partnership. UTC@harbourside is a perfect example of how the shared clout of business, education and the public sector can combine for the benefit of the wider community. In providing an inspirational learning environment in Newhaven, in partnership with the growing number of marine, environmental and other engineering companies in the region, we will help provide a great future workforce of talented young people from our area and contribute to the prosperity of the town and the wider region.”
Honor Wilson-Fletcher added: ‘The UTC will cater for a wider range of young people wishing to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a gateway to future employment and/or university. As sponsors we are confident that the college will raise achievement, attainment, confidence and the expectations of young people and fuel the development of other employment opportunities and inward investment in the area.’