A giant crane at work on the new Uckfield College

Another giant crane on Uckfield skyline

A large crane being used to build the new Uckfield College can be seen from many parts of the town.

Construction is going on apace on the site of the college’s former under-sized rugby pitch and sports field off Downsview Crescent, Manor Park.

The crane previously being used has been removed.

The Uckfield skyline was dominated for many months last year by a crane being used to build Grants Hill Court.

Plans for the new school were drawn up as part of the government’s Priority School Building Programme. It will have a similar capacity to the current buildings.

Giant crane at Uckfield College 3

A giant crane at work with the youth centre in the foreground

The new school is designed to cater for a variety of community uses with activity studios, hall, library and dining hall available out-of-hours.

The steel frame is complete and window frames are being fitted.

A view of the building from Downsview Crescent

A view of the building from Downsview Crescent

While work progresses, students will continue to occupy the existing college main buildings.

They will move into the new accommodation when it is ready, while the old sprawl of buildings – excluding the sixth form and art blocks and Pamphilon Theatre building – which are described as no longer fit for purpose, will be demolished.

Temporary classrooms will be needed then until a new southern building goes up next to the Pamphilon Theatre.

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Uckfield College building works

The youth centre and huts along the eastern edge of the site are not included in the development.

When finished there will be a new full-sized rugby pitch and a multi-use games area in the centre of the site between the new buildings.

Impression of the new-look UCTC, taken from information promoting the consultation event on the plans

Impression of the new-look UCTC, taken from information which was used to promote the consultation event on the plans

The main entrance to the new northern building which will accommodate classrooms, hall, drama space, and dining area, will be from the existing college drive.

A new car park will be built nearby to replace one at the top of the college drive.

The accommodation will be for the same number of pupils as now, 1,750.

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