IOP to move into wing of its London building until relocation in 2015
31 October 2013
The Institute is getting ready to move all of its London staff into a wing of its current home in Portland Place while it prepares to move to a completely new location in two years’ time.
Last month the IOP completed the purchase of a freehold property in King’s Cross that will be refurbished and ready for the IOP to move into in 2015.
Although the IOP has sold the leases on its premises at 76 and 80 Portland Place to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), it will not be moving out completely in the immediate future. It has negotiated an agreement to occupy 80 Portland Place as a tenant of RIBA until it is ready to relocate to King’s Cross. Staff who have not already transferred across to the 80 Portland Place side of the building will settle into their offices in number 80 between now and the end of February 2014.
The IOP’s chief executive, Prof. Paul Hardaker said: “I want to say how much we are looking forward to moving into what is an exciting area of development for London and one which is centrally placed for the kind of activities that we would like to use the new premises for. But it will take us around two years to prepare the new building, so in that time our focus will be on making sure we minimise any disruption to the work of the Institute.”
The venue rooms at 76 and 80 Portland Place will operate as usual until 28 February 2014, and bookings for IOP meetings can be made through a central system by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 3 March, there will be no change to the postal address, switchboard number or staff telephone numbers, and IOP members, visitors and staff will continue to have access to 80 Portland Place through the existing main entrance and lobby.
The Jackson Ayrton Room and Franklin Theatre will be available to be booked for members’ meetings via the email@example.com e-mail address, and there will continue to be a small members’ drop-in, hot desk room. IOP Enterprises will also seek to arrange alternative space for members to hire, to ensure that IOP members and those who regularly use the building are, as far as possible, unaffected by the transition.
The IOP is in the process of recruiting architects for the redevelopment of the new property, and over the next few months will be collecting requirements from groups, branches, and its wider stakeholders.
- If you as members have any thoughts on what you would like to see in the new building, then please do send these in to the chief executive. In the December newsletter we hope to say more about our ideas for the design of the new building.