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Archtrove Travels To The Mailbox – Brum Goes High End

The Mailbox is an upmarket shopping and office development in the city centre of Birmingham, England. It serves as the base for BBC Birmingham and houses one of six Harvey Nichols department stores.

What Need to Know About ….. The Mailbox, Birmingham

  • The Mailbox is about 300 metres long from front to back including The Cube. Above the front shops, it has an additional 6 floors which include a Malmaison hotel, residential apartments, restaurants and bars.
  •  The structure consisted of a steel frame on a 40-foot (12 m) square grid with lightweight pre-cast concrete floor slabs and reinforced concrete retaining walls and subfloors. The exterior was clad with cast glass troughs and exposed aggregate panels.
  •  The exterior consisted mainly of the glass slabs and projecting air handling units with recessed windows.
  • On 30 May 2013, Milligan Retail announced that the Mailbox would undergo a major renovation, designed by Sterling Prize winners Stanton Williams, which would see a roof installed over the shopping complex’s atrium.
  • The anchor store, Harvey Nichols, would double in size to over 45,000 sq. ft. It was also announced that Brockton Capital and Milligan would work in coordination with Birmingham City Council to improve the public area reaching from the underpass beneath Suffolk Street Queensway to the front of Mailbox.
  • Previously the location of a railway goods yard with canal wharves off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal leading to Gas Street Basin, the site was the location of the Royal Mail’s main sorting office building for Birmingham.
  • When completed, it was the largest mechanised letters and parcels sorting office in the country with a floor area of 81,000 m2 and the largest building in Birmingham.

Location of The Mailbox

Mailbox is conveniently located in Birmingham city centre, whichever your method of travel. The main shopping and business districts such as New Street, High Street, Corporation Street, Grand Central, Brindleyplace, Bullring and Colmore Row are all less than a 10-minute walk away.

There are also three major train stations within a 10-minute walk, including New Street, the largest station in the city.

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