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Oxford Street Development Ltd / London Borough of Camden
The Post Building – on the site of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office - is a 260,000 sq ft grade A office development on New Oxford Street in the heart of central London. The 7-storey building features significant section heights that bring volume and light internally, rooftop gardens and street-level retail and restaurant space, designed to enhance the public realm in the area and improve connections to the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road. Locally at the southern end of Museum Street however, the previous paving, bin storage area and façade of the car park building presented an unattractive aspect to the new Post Building on the opposite side of the street. Central to the improvement scheme for this site was the introduction of some decorative panels to screen the former bin stores to the rear.
Furnitubes’ designers worked closely with landscape architects LDA Design to develop a system of steel components that included a skeletal sub-frame, solid plate backing panels and contrasting bronze-colour outer screens with a cut-out pattern. The design is particularly effective when sunlight casts shadows of the cut-outs onto the panel behind. Furnitubes undertook the full detailed design, also coordinating with structural engineering consultants in the process, manufactured the entire steelwork structure and also completed all on-site installation of the 15 outer panels and sub-structures. Other improvements at the site include new granite paving and an impressive large scale floral artwork above the new screens, on the façade of the 3-storey car park building.