Refurbishment work at Prescot Street nears completion

We are delighted to announce the College’s main office at 21 Prescot Street, central London, will fully reopen after refurbishment work on Monday 6 December.

The refurbished building will feature:

  • an enhanced reception area, with exposed wood features, which will create a far more positive first impression on visitors
  • a digital feature, in the reception area, called ‘Faces of the College’ which will show the faces of a diverse range of College members – with the array of faces on display changing throughout the day
  • a colourful and expansive RCPsych History Wall, leading up from the atrium to the first floor, which will highlight the College’s history and its diversity
  • a recording studio, which will enable us better to better deliver digital events for members from our head office
  • gender-neutral toilets on the Lower Ground Floor and First Floor – in line with our Equality Action Plan – while retaining gender specific toilets on the First, Second and Third Floors
  • private meeting rooms to allow members to carry out consultations remotely while at Prescot Street
  • improved and upgraded workspaces for the College staff on the Second and Third Floors
  • a new and improved café for members and staff, called Café 21, on the Lower Ground Floor
  • a greater emphasis on sustainability – with increased capacity for bike parking and improved showers for those who cycle to work.

During the spring of 2022, we will also launch enhanced video conferencing and audio-visual facilities at Prescot Street, so that the building can host large hybrid events and video conferencing.

President Dr Adrian James said:

“The new-look Prescot Street will have a warmer look and feel for members and staff alike – and will bring out both the history and diversity of our College and of psychiatry.”

Chief Executive Paul Rees said:

“The reopening of the building is a key milestone for us – as having switched to virtual working back in March 2020, this will mark the start of our transition to hybrid working – with some services and activities being purely digital, some being purely being face-to-face and some, over time, being hybrid.

“We’d like to thank the members of our excellent staff team who have worked closely with the building contractors to get the refurbishment work to this stage.”

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