Contractors named for Mailbox redevelopment

Expasion set for completion in 2015.

The redevelopment of Birmingham’s premier lifestyle and shopping destination, Mailbox, has moved into the next phase following the appointment of Galliford Try as contractors to the scheme.

The plans, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, include a new 45,000 sq ft Harvey Nichols signature store and a three screen Everyman cinema.  The entire retail mall at The Mailbox will be enclosed and sky lit, to create an urban room with new facades, finishes and store frontages. Improved way-finding throughout the mixed-use scheme will be introduced.

Simon Samuels, Partner at Brockton Capital, principal owner of The Mailbox, said; “Galliford Try has a proven track record in delivering complex construction projects in the retail sector, understanding the challenges of working to tight schedules and delivering in a fast-paced environment whilst maintaining the highest standards. We’re looking forward to working closely with the team to deliver this exciting new, luxury retail experience for Birmingham and the Midlands.”

Howard Penstone, Development Director at Milligan, joint owner of The Mailbox, said; “Our plans have been well received in the marketplace and are designed to see The Mailbox reach its full potential. The refurbishment will transform the environment of the building whilst bringing a unique collection of brands to Birmingham. We’ll be working hard throughout the next 18 months to ensure that we stay open and luxurious, with a whole host of events and activities planned ahead of completion in 2015.”

Sean Bowles, Galliford Try Central Managing Director, said; “It’s great news that we have been selected for such a prestigious project in one of Birmingham’s landmark buildings.  We look forward to working with our partners at Brockton Capital and Milligan to bring our expertise to bear and create facilities at The Mailbox that befit a luxury shopping experience and reflect the high quality of the brands that will be based there.”

Pre-let agreements have been signed with leading fashion brands Jaeger, Gieves & Hawkes, L.K. Bennett and Daniel Footwear. Internationally renowned Castle Fine Art will open a new gallery within the scheme. The works are planned for completion in 2015, with Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani, Nicky Clarke, Toni and Guy and BBC Birmingham staying open throughout the refurbishment, along with the scheme’s bars, restaurants, hotels, commercial offices and car park.