The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
is moving to an exciting new location
We are delighted to announce that the RCOphth has been successful in purchasing the freehold of 18 - 20 Stephenson Way, London. This building will provide a new purpose built home for the College and its members. Our aim is to transform this building into an exemplar site for blind and visually impaired visitors, as well as creating a centre of excellence for teaching and the promotion of best practice in ophthalmology.
Situated a few minutes’ walk from Euston Station, the new building is ideally located to provide support, training and development opportunities to our members. We have exciting plans to transform the existing building to create bespoke, innovative teaching and seminar rooms so that we can continue to develop professional practice and world class standards in ophthalmology in the 21st century.
A Space for Members
The new building will be a welcoming place for members. We are creating flexible spaces that members will be able to use while in London or attending training and skills development programmes at the College. Key changes that will benefit our members include:
- Beautifully designed and flexible spaces where members can check emails, catch-up on office based work and recharge laptops
- Areas where members can have a cup of coffee, take a break from their work and have time to relax during a busy day
- The Education and Skills Development suite will provide members with a state-of-the-art integrated teaching and skills practice area. We will have more work stations and improved surgical simulator capacity to provide an improved learning environment.
We have successfully sought planning permission from the London Borough of Camden to add an additional storey to the building, re-instate a back door and change the doors and windows on the front elevation. This will create a light, bright, warm and inviting space for our members and visitors.
The building has been stripped back to reveal some delightful original features and it is anticipated that work will begin in earnest in July 2013 so that we can move in during the summer of 2014.
We chose this new location because it is centrally located, close to transport hubs and in an area identified for major regeneration. The building is outside the safeguarded area for the proposed highspeed railway (HS2) which will run from London to Birmingham and then split
into two spurs, one to Manchester, the other to Leeds. HS2 will make Stephenson Way and its environs more attractive and valuable but if HS2 is abandoned there are plans to refurbish Euston Station and the surrounding neighbourhood.
We have been able to finance the purchase of the new building and its basic refurbishment from existing resources and we are undertaking some fundraising to ensure that we do not need to increase membership subscriptions to support the project.
However, to add further value to the building and ensure that it really is a place to advance ophthalmology, we would like to give members the opportunity to make a donation to help improve its technological infrastructure. All donations from members will be acknowledged in an appropriate, formal manner and, for UK taxpayers, they can be made under Gift Aid.
For more information please contact Kathy Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website: www.rcophth.ac.uk
You can make a donation by visiting our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/rcophth-new-building-appeal
You can send a cheque or debit/credit card donation by downloading our Gift Aid Form and sending it to the College address:
17 Cornwall Terrace
Or you can text:
To make a gift aid donation, text 70070
Enter RCOP13 £**
Then type in the sum to be donated e.g. RCOP13 £50.00
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RCOphth New Building Video which opens in QuickTime and may take a a little while to stream.
College News Article - Autumn 2013
Since the last building report (College News – Summer 2013), we have concluded the tender process and have chosen Cameron Black Ltd to refurbish and fit out 18 Stephenson Way. The company has completed a number of projects that can be seen on www.cameronblack.com; recent clients include The Prince’s Trust, The British Film Institute and Google.
Cameron Black took possession of the building on 8 July 2013. It had already been substantially stripped out and the final asbestos tests revealed nothing untoward. The first tasks included creating temporary offices for the construction managers and welfare areas for the staff and removing the old lift. Underpinning work has started in the basement and there has been some grit blasting of external and internal walls to establish the colour and state of the brickwork.
College News Article - Summer 2013
It was with a mixture of relief and delight that the Building Group received the news that the London Borough of Camden had approved the plans for our new premises at 18–20 Stephenson Way. We had been advised to change the configuration of windows so that Crittall windows were used across the first floor. Otherwise the plans were accepted in their entirety – a testament to the architects, Bennetts Associates, and the planning advisers, Deloitte LLP. There are two minor conditions, one which relates to the ‘acoustic isolation’ of plant and equipment and the other which requires a maintenance plan for the green roof, neither of which will pose any difficulties.
College News Article - Spring 2013
The College has bought 18–20 Stephenson Way, a freehold building close to Euston Station in the London Borough of Camden (LBC). It was initially a Victorian warehouse and most recently it was the main office of the charity Arthritis Care. We will have a number of illustrious neighbours including the GMB Union, the Royal Asiatic Society, the Directory of Social Change and, perhaps most intriguingly, the Magic Circle. We will also be close to the new headquarters of the Royal College of General Practitioners.