Thursday, 17 January 2013
Welcome to the 21 Prescot Street blog – a
regular update on the building that will become the College’s new
headquarters this autumn.
The College has resided at its current HQ, 17
Belgrave Square, since 1974 when the leasehold to the building was
purchased for just £725,000. Over the years, the College has
expanded its operations so much that we outgrew Belgrave Square –
spilling out our exams operations into number 15, and leasing a
building in Aldgate to house our Centre for Quality Improvement.
With the lease on number 17 due to expire in 2034, last year saw
the hunt for new premises begin – with the aim of finding a
building large enough to bring all our staff together under one
After visiting many buildings, College
Officers finally alighted on 21 Prescot Street in E1 – a stone’s
throw from the city of London.
Boasting an impressive 50,000 sq ft of
space spread over six floors, the new building offers all the space
we need to provide enhanced facilities for our members, trainees
Until the end of 2012, the building was
occupied by Santander, one of the world’s largest banks. Walking
through the building today, it’s hard to imagine that just a few
weeks ago the building was operating as a busy call centre, the
floors abuzz with around 600 staff.
There is certainly a lot of work needed to
turn this empty shell into a medical royal college fit for the
future. That’s why the College is gearing up for an ambitious
refurbishment programme, and we’ll use this blog to update you
every step of the way.
Much still has to be decided – including the
design and layout of a dedicated members’ area and information
service on the ground floor. Do let us know if you have any
thoughts about what you would like to see in this area – you can
share your ideas using the comments form below.
"A lot of work is needed to turn this empty shell into a
medical royal college fit for the future."
The 21 Prescot Street site, and the local
area, has a fascinating history. Check back soon for our next blog
on the history of the road, steeped in tales of taverns and
brothels – and a bit of medicine, too...
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