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GOC set for move to Farringdon

30 Apr 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced plans to move to a new, more modern office in the Farringdon area of London.

The regulator expects to move by the end of the summer once the new space has been fitted out. The GOC will surrender its lease on its current premises, a converted house on Harley Street.

Josie Lloyd, GOC Director of Resources, said: “The move to a new building will have a number of benefits. A more modern working environment will help our staff to work more effectively together, will allow us to improve our IT infrastructure and will be more accessible, especially for wheelchair users and people with sight loss.

“It will also mean we can conduct more of our activities in-house such as Council meetings, meetings with stakeholders, training, public events and hearings. Although many in the profession will have fond memories of Harley Street, the new premises will be far more suitable for us as a modern organisation.

“We’re looking forward to the move, which will really help our staff to work in a collaborative way in line with our organisational values. The deal will also provide good value for registrants and we will invest the proceeds from Harley Street carefully to ensure our long-term financial stability.”

The GOC has owned a long lease on the Harley Street HQ since 1958, paying a small ground rent each year. The GOC is surrendering this lease, and has appointed Brewin Dolphin as investment advisers to ensure it makes best use of the proceeds for future financial stability.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478
e: sgrier@optical.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

1. The GOC’s new address will be 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG. It is within a short walk of Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations, as well as St. Paul’s tube.

2. The GOC has appointed Peldon Rose to conduct the fit-out of the new office.

3. The GOC has signed a 15-year lease on the new building.

4. The GOC will receive around £6.85m from the sale of its old office, 41 Harley Street. The exact figure will depend on inflation between now and the moving date.


About the General Optical Council:
The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 26,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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