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RCVS invites tenders for new building
The College is currently based at Belgravia House in Westminster.

College is selling its headquarters in London 

The RCVS is inviting tenders for finding a new building for the College.

Currently based at Belgravia House in Westmister, London, the College said the building is no longer suitable to meet its needs becuase it has grown substantially in size.

‘We are selling our building and have appointed agents to help us with this process and are now looking for advisors to assist us in finding a replacement property,’ the RCVS writes on its website.

‘The property should be in central London, near good transport hubs, have sufficient space for administration areas and flexible meeting spaces.’

There are currently 100 staff based at Belgravia House and a range of meeting rooms. The College is now looking to increase its desk capacity and meeting room spaces.

'We hold Disciplinary Committee (DC) hearings which need up to eight rooms, mainly small rooms and one large room, and one of the requirements for the replacement building would be to have sufficient capacity to accommodate DC hearings and several other meetings at the same time.

'The building should provide sufficient capacity for growth of the College for the next 25 years.'

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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