Ask the experts: Premises

John Hearle is a chartered surveyor and chairman and head of healthcare at Aitchison Raffety, . He is also joint chair of the Primary Care Premises Forum. Email:

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Leasing premises on retirement

John Hearle provides advice on retaining surgery premises post-retirement and leasing them back to the partners as tenants.

Premises projects from April 2013

Medeconomics' premises expert John Hearle answers a query which addresses who will be responsible for approving GP surgery developments after April 2013.

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Building assessment

Can you advise on the requirements of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)? We have a new-build GP surgery under way, costing below £2m. The BREEAM site ( suggests we do not need an assessment but the PCT insists we have a BREEAM pre-assessment and attain an 'excellent' rating. The cost of this is significant. Must we comply?

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