Learning at Work

The Development of Boathouse 4 and the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

Constructed in a hurry and partly completed in 1939 the vast structure of Boathouse 4 has been restored and opened to the public as a Boatbuilding and Heritage Skills Training Centre. Boathouse 4 also houses an exhibition on small naval craft, and a mezzanine level cafe with stunning views across Portsmouth Harbour. The project, which cost approximately £6m in total, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Regional Growth Fund, as well as generous donations from various foundations.

This course will provide:

  • an overview of the development of Boathouse 4 in the context of the historic dockyard
  • the long route to finding an alternative use for this vast structure
  • the funding mechanisms to enable development
  • the alternative use of the building
  • a tour of the building
  • an explanation of the work of the International Boatbuilding Training College
  • an overview of the work of the students
  • the transferable skills of these students to the construction and property industries

Caroline Barrie Smith is the Head of Business and Finance at the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth (IBTC).

Tim Goodhead is a former head of the School of Environmental Design and Management at the University of Portsmouth, which at the time ‘included’ the departments of Architecture, Surveying, and Civil Engineering and Surveying. He is currently the CPD coordinator and has a long standing interest in Built Environment and Marine issues.

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Caroline Barrie Smith, IBTC, Portsmouth Dockyard
Tim Goodhead FRICS, University of Portsmouth


Boathouse 4, IBTC, Portsmouth Dockyard


Wednesday 6 June 2018, 1:50pm–5:10pm

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