calfordseaden’s architects have been collaborating with the Mount Pleasant Association and their client, Create Streets, to provide alternative plans for the redevelopment of an existing Royal Mail sorting office in London.

The team are offering an alternative to the Royal Mail’s plan for the site which has already received planning approval, but has been opposed by the local community for its ‘fortress-like’ design. The Mount Pleasant Association’s scheme uses the Community Right to Build mechanism which allows local communities to undertake site-specific, community-led developments.

Our architects were appointed to develop feasibility plans and elevations in conjunction with Francis Terry Architects and further develop the proposals to provide a full planning scheme. We also assisted with the submission of the Community Right to Build Order and our in-house Sustainability team provided support in terms of producing an internal BREEAM document.

The community led proposal was submitted in the autumn of 2016 following extensive public consultation with the local community. The scheme has strong support from residents and local businesses as the scheme works on the basis of extending existing routes and desire lines through the site, forming neighbourly streets for residents and the wider community. This alternative design creates open and urban green spaces including a pocket park at the southern end of the site, which is close to the local primary school.


In November 2016 the project was awarded an international prize by INTBAU for Community Engagement.