One of the first eco-friendly school buildings in the country has been officially opened.
The new boys’ boarding house at Seaford College, Duncton, was imported in sections from Germany by Chichester-based company W Stirland Ltd.
Manufactured by STREIF GmbH at its factory close to Cologne, the £2.85m building will house 90 boys in single, double and triple-bedded rooms in two mirror wings.
Each wing has a communal common room, with leather sofas, and a kitchen area, as well as staff accommodation.
Because of its thermal efficiency, 22 per cent less energy will be required for heating than a comparable, traditionally constructed building, resulting in significant long-term energy savings for the college.
The 100-metre long building has been assembled in a former Elizabethan walled garden.
It was officially opened by Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, the recently-retired chairman of the Independent Schools Council.
She was also guest speaker at the college’s annual speech day.
Headmaster Toby Mullins said the opening of the boarding house was the start of an exciting era for the school which has a new three-year development plan to include the building of a new indoor swimming pool, dance studio and squash courts.