Following a fire in July 2012 which destroyed the existing boarding house, BHM successfully obtained Planning Consent for a new 62 bed boarding house on a new location within the School’s campus. The site chosen had previously been identified within a recently developed master plan for the school boarding expansion by BHM.
The boarding house accommodates 62 girls in a mixture of room layouts ranging from three and four bedroom for the younger girls with communal washroom facilities, to one and two bed rooms with en-suite accommodation for the older girls, together with a large common room and other facilities associated with a modern boarding house. A five and four bedroom staff houses and a two bedroom staff flat are also accommodated within the building.
As the building is situated within the village’s conservation area and in recognition of the heritage associated with the previous Follyfield boarding house, the decision was made to for a traditional approach in the use of materials and extensive use was made of handmade clay roof tiles, and bricks, but these are all interwoven into a design that also incorporates modern aluminium widows and zinc cladding. Dormer windows and bay windows have also been used to reduce the visual impact of the building on the surrounding and create interest in the facades.
Construction commenced in August 2013 and the building was completed for occupation by the girls in September 2014.