Handford - our Sixth Form girls' House - has been 100% refurbished, with work completing in the 2015 Summer Term.
The photos below show the completed bathroom, kitchen and pitts.
Handford House Extension - Spring 2016 update
In preparation for its conversion to an all-years, all-through House from September 2016, Handford is currently undergoing a c £2million extension, which will see the addition of 27 beds to the existing 44, a new and enlarged Common Room with kitchen area, as well as a two-bed Matron's flat and a three-bed Assistant Housemistress's flat.
The photo below - from March 2016 - shows the extension to the rear of the existing building, as roofing and insulation near completion.
Building work is expected to complete at the end of July 2016, with the installation of furniture in August. The extended House will be fully operational for the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year.
Handford House extension completed - Summer 2016
The wait is finally over! The new Handford House extension is complete and fully operational for the start of the Advent term. The £2million extension adds a further 27 beds to the existing 44, making Handford the College’s largest House with space for up to 70 girls, aged 13-18 years. As well as the extra beds, new bathrooms and space, the extension also provides a 120m² Common Room, with beautiful views across the South Downs to Boxhill, and a spacious, modern kitchen area – perfect for social gatherings, baking and making toast!
The extension has also facilitated a major step forward for Handford by enabling, for the first time, a full suite of accommodation to be available for residential staff, making the extension, as well as the additional space and new furnishings, a significant improvement for the girls as well as Handford House Mistress, Anne McKane.
Commenting on the new space, two of the Handford girls and the House Mistress, said:
Coming in new this year, I only had a quick view of what the Common Room looked like before the extension. However, on the first day of term, I was blown away by the open space and stunning views of the Downs from the Common Room. There are a ton of movies to watch and amazing games to play, which is great for us to socialise with all the other girls. I love the extension and how it feels like a home away from home to me.
Lena, Fourth Form
The extension provides us Handford girls with a real Lancing family. We now have a feel for what it is like to live in a complete house. We have the joys of gaining little sisters and setting a good example for them, as well as gaining a beautiful Common Room that unites us each time we gather for roll call, movie nights, or chats with mentors and Tutors. The Common Room provides comfortable space for all of us plus staff, together with a kitchen that is mostly used by the Third and Fourth Formers. It also means that we have finally found a designated place to celebrate birthdays, and where we can bond together, whether we’re making popcorn or preparing for movie night.
Fioreta, Upper Sixth Form
After many years of planning and months of watching the progress of the build, Handford’s extension is ready for the girls. It looks fabulous and already, after a week, feels like it has always been a part of the house and College. The girls of all years are using the Common Room at every opportunity, and it is heartening to see how the new space has helped shape the interactions of the girls from different year groups.
Anne McKane, Housemistress