Rathbone Place

Fitzrovia, W1
Royal Mail Group
Commission completed 2011
2.3 acres
Commercial, residential, retail, public realm

PLP, Architect

AKT II, Structural engineer

CH2M, Transport engineer

GIA, Neighbourly matters

The Rathbone Place mixed use development aimed to incorporate the redundant Royal Mail site back into the Fitzrovia bustle with the introduction of 559,000 sq ft of residential, commercial and retail space around a new public square.

From the outset, M3 worked closely with various internal Royal Mail departments to review the feasibility, strategy and timing for the relocation of their operations and disposal of the site. Leading a team to secure value through the submission of a planning application, M3 also spearheaded the resolution of property and technical issues, such as safeguarding Mail Rail infrastructure and Crossrail interface, and managed the successful disposal process.

Related projects
Royal Mail Property Strategy

Project highlights

  • Managing clarification of the existing use classification and any implications for future development
  • Balancing a planning compliant and commercially viable mix of uses whilst integrating significant public realm
  • Resolving a complicated set of property related constraints, including rights of light and Crossrail interfaces
  • Achieving target receipts within a 2 year period from feasibility study