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Stamp of approval

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek
Credit: Graham Mathers

Crossrail’s so old hat: it’s just a copy of the Post Office’s 1927 Mail Rail that ran through central London to prevent your post getting caught up in the traffic jams. Twisted logic now meets the need with Royal Mail vans on impossible delivery schedules racing through the city but at least drivers can screech to a halt at the refurbished Mount Pleasant sorting office, clad in Technal’s Geode-MX Visible Grid system. They should enjoy the light and views while they can – the delivery yard behind it has been sold and is set to become a contentious high density housing scheme approved by mayor Boris Johnson last year. So that’s public land gone for a song for private profit – no more views and nowhere to park. If only it meant we’d get our letters faster.


 

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