Unseasonal downpours blamed for delay to new £34m RCGP HQ opening

Unseasonal downpours have been blamed for the delaying of the full opening of the RCGP's new £34m headquarters in central London until October.

Earlier this summer GPonline.com was given an exclusive tour of the building in Euston, which cost £34m and is subject to a £38m refurbishment. Watch Dr Colin Hunter, the RCGP's honorary treasurer, give a nine-minute guided video tour of the building.

Staff will move as planned on 24 September and all membership support services will be fully functional. The clinical skills assessment centre, where trainees take the MRCGP, will be ready from then, with its first intake of GP candidates due in November.

Over the following two to three weeks, the remaining space, including the 300-seater auditorium, 41 study bedrooms and fifth floor state rooms will come into use.

The September Council meeting that had been scheduled to take place in Euston will now be held at Skinners' Hall, the venue that the RCGP has been using for such meetings during its time in temporary accommodation in Bow Churchyard.

Dr Hunter said: 'Given the exceptional downpours in April and June, a two-to-three week delay is not unreasonable.

'Creating world class facilities through the provision of our new headquarters will help the RCGP to further improve general practice, develop its support for GP education and professional development and thereby raise standards of patient care.'

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