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30 AUG 2018

RICS London Headquarters to open doors for Open House day

The RICS office in London will open its doors to members of the general public on Saturday 22 September.

Members of the RICS staff will lead guided tours of our Grade-II listed building, starting from 10am until 5pm, affording members of the public a unique chance to discover a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture - the only privately-owned property on Parliament Square.

The RICS building we see today is the work of architect Alfred Waterhouse, also renown for the Natural History Museum in London and Manchester Town Hall. In 1895, he was appointed to renovate the premises the Institution occupied at 12 and 13a Great George Street, now known as 12 Great George Street.

The tour will also lead visitors to explore the rich heritage of the Institution from the first meeting attended by 20 surveyors in 1868 to its growth into a 21st century global professional body.

As part of our 150th anniversary celebration, visitors will also have the chance to learn more about the highlights of the exhibition “Shaping the World, Building the Future”, showcasing the excellence of the profession and surveyors’ crucial role in society.

Guided tours will take place every 15 minutes from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 22 September.

Attendance is free to all, and visitors are welcome to make use of the Hub café, open all day.