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The former sorting office delivers on numerous fronts in the very heart of the city
In central London’s historic hub, new neighbourhoods are rarer than agreements on Brexit – which makes fresh development Postmark London, built on the site of a former sorting office, a delivery like few others.
The first phase of the six-year project, West Central 1, has been unveiled by developers Taylor Wimpey Central London, continuing a trend for revitalising landmark London locations.
The living options vary from studios through to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, in lateral and duplex styles.
The four phases of the Postmark will each be designed by a different architect, who will realise blueprints that complement the surrounding area’s existing architectural highlights.
Despite the central location at the landmark Post Office Mount Pleasant sorting office, however, this is a long way from a concrete jungle.
Yes, there are are a total of 681 apartments across 6.25 acres, but they are brightened by pastoral flourishes such as a roof garden with wildflower meadows.
Indeed, once Postmark is complete, more than half of the total site will be dedicated to public and private open spaces – play areas, open squares and landscaped courtyards, plus a retail area at ground level.
And if that’s not sufficient nature, you’re within proximity of Coram’s Fields and the Spa Fields Park, alongside the garden greenery of Russell Square and Brunswick Square.
Residents will be able to enjoy a range of facilities at Postmark, which spans the WC1 and EC1 postcodes, including a cinema, fitness studio, concierge and a large roof terrace.
All of the delights of the British capital are mere footsteps from your doorstep, too, with the location surrounded by Farringdon, Clerkenwell, King’s Cross, Old Street and Chancery Lane.
That ensures that London’s creative, legal and tech quarters are nearby, while Clerkenwell and Faringdon come with notable reputations as foodie havens, serving up everything from street dishes to Michelin-star cuisine.
Prefer high culture? No problem: the Barbican Centre, British Museum and British Library aren’t far away, as are a wealth of major colleges and universities.
While, sadly, you won’t be able to access the famed “Rail Mail” tunnels that used to operate beneath the site, transport links are nevertheless first-class, with five London Underground stations within walking distance.
That means countless quick connections, whether you’re earning a crust (Canary Wharf is 10 minutes away) or spending your hard-earned (it’s three minutes to Bond Street’s top-end shopping delights).
Should you wish to temporarily escape the confines of London – or even the UK altogether – there are also easy links to the Eurostar (three minutes to St Pancras) and Heathrow Airport (half an hour away).
Much as east London meets west London here, the past also meets the present: the Art Deco structure of the sorting office, which is almost 130 years old, will remain among the new neighbourhood.
Nodding to Postmark’s history in more than name only, you will be residing next to what was once a key communications central during the Second World War that, at its height, managed up to four million letters a day.
Apartments are available now, from £900,000 (Dhs4.4 million) – although despite Postmark’s theme, we can’t confirm whether those prices include stamp duty.
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