Mailbox MSCP, Birmingham
The Mailbox is a destination shopping complex in the heart of the City of Birmingham, formerly known as the Royal Mail sorting office, this iconic structure was transformed and unveiled in the year 2000 and contains 2 hotels, 100,000 sq ft of retail space and is home to the BBC, Everyman Cinema and a host of other businesses, such as Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith as well as many other retailers and restaurants.
Following a comprehensive testing and investigation process, Makers were selected to provide their expertise and approach to the refurbishment of this Iconic structure.
This was a complex and highly sensitive project with working hours arranged around BBC recording schedules to eliminate any disruption to the long running Archers broadcasts which are recorded live. The car park is an in situ concrete slab structure, with Lower Ground, Ground and Level 1 parking decks located beneath the shopping complex. It was suffering from corrosion to the concrete soffits and decks and the steel structural beams were showing signs of delamination of their intumescent coating.
Considering its surrounding neighbours and the volume of concrete repairs required to decks and soffits, a Hydro demolition process was used for the break out of concrete, providing a much quieter process than heavy duty equipment that is traditionally used. This reduced the acoustic impact on the surrounding areas with no vibration through the structure.
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