Project: The British Postal Museum
Project Location: Phoenix Place, London WC1
Main Contractor: Blue Sky Building
The British Postal Museum opened in July 2017. The Postal Museum is the leading resource for all aspects of British postal history and is located at Mount Pleasant in Central London. The location is adjacent to Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site.
The overall project involved the conversion and refurbishment of Calthorpe House, retaining its 1920’s façade and creating six interactive exhibition spaces. The Postal Museum brings to life five centuries of history.
The scheme also includes a one kilometre section of Mail Rail, the underground postal rail network, that has been restored. Mail Rail, which opened in 1928, was the first driverless electric railway in the world, with 6.5 miles of underground tunnels transporting mail between London’s sorting offices and Liverpool Street and Paddington stations. It closed in 2003, but at its peak it carried more than four million letters a day.
Visitors descend 21 metres (70 feet) underground through tunnels no wider than 2.1 metres (7 feet) at their narrowest point. The ride lasts approximately 15 minutes, including embarkation and disembarkation.