Stirling Prize-winning practice Stanton Williams has revealed its internal refurb of the Birmingham landmark’s retail and public space
Stanton Williams was commissioned by joint venture partners Milligan and Brockton Capital in 2013 to redesign the retail, office and public areas of the Mailbox including the pedestrian route through the site.
The London based architect has removed large parts of the existing structure and installed a skylight, creating a 90m, multi-purpose ‘Urban Room’ intended to host a variety of events and exhibitions.
The public route passes through the Urban Room to the canal-side restaurants on the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
Almost 48,000m² of previously disconnected office space has been turned into a single floor and accessed by a connecting reception area and the office areas are due to be completed in Spring 2016.
Constructed in 1970 as a Royal Mail sorting office, the building was converted into a retail-led, mixed use building in 2000 by Associated Architects under a £31 million scheme.
The Mailbox’s new internal retail areas
Source: Jack Hobhouse
Type of project retail-led mixed use
Start on site date 6 Jan 2014
Total cost confidential
Total area of works 18,600m2
Client Milligan and Brockton Capital
Architect Stanton Williams
Structural engineer Curtins Consulting
M&E consultant Clancy Consulting
Quantity surveyor Gleeds
Main contractor Galliford Try
CDM coordinator Gleeds
Wayfinding designers Holmes Wood
Lighting designers Spiers & Major