New teaching space needed as Seaford College grows

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SEAFORD College is looking for more teaching space after its biggest intake of pupils started at the school in the new academic year.

The college has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority for six temporary general teaching classrooms which will be spread across the east and west school sites at East Lavington.

Consultants HNW Architects said they would not only solve an immediate teaching accommodation shortage but also act as alternative teaching facilities for the modern languages department while its teaching block was redeveloped as part of the college’s ongoing ‘master plan’ for redevelopment.

Proposals for the new modern languages department are presently at ‘feasibility master plan stage’.

It is envisaged that the temporary classrooms would have a life span of around five years, while other permanent teaching accommodation proposals were developed.

Submitting their design statement to the national park in support of the college’s planning application the architects said: “The temporary classrooms will not disrupt the day to day operations of the college and will not negatively impact the existing views across the campus from key routes such as The Drive and existing public bridleway to the south.”

The temporary classrooms are the latest development in the major ongoing process of replacing, extending and refurbishing the college buildings.

Much has already been carried out in phase one of the master plan.

Work already completed includes the replacement boarding block and the demolition of the existing boarding block, demolition 
of the staff accommodation block located next to the church and the return to open parkland of the site previously occupied by the boarding block, gym and works facilities.

Construction work is beginning this year on an indoor sports centre and gym and the provision of much-needed additional changing facilities at the Seaford College campus.

Work has started on the demolition of existing housing and the construction of 19 new houses and work is also being carried out to restore the existing sports centre.

The consultants said the college was currently reviewing and revising stage two of 
the master-plan to ensure it met with the future needs of the school ‘in a sensitive and sustainable manner’.