Mount Pleasant

Farringdon, EC1
Royal Mail Group
Planning achieved; Commission completed 2016
8.72 acres
Residential, mixed use, commercial, arts and education, public and community

Farrells, Masterplan architect
AHMM, Architect
Allies and Morrison, Architect
Feilden Clegg Bradley, Architect
Wilkinson Eyre, Architect
Camlins, Landscape architect
Dp9, Planning consultant
Gordan Ingram Associates, Rights of light consultant
Knight Frank, Property advisor

Achieving planning consent for the c. 1 m sq ft residential-led mixed use Mount Pleasant scheme has been a culmination of strategic dexterity and considered execution over a number of technical, operational, legal, design and planning challenges.

The site straddles two London Boroughs. Among other property constraints, it sits atop Mail Rail tunnels, an underground river, and other subsoil infrastructure. It hosts Royal Mail core operations that cannot be disrupted. It is one of the largest undeveloped open sites in Central London. M3 had led a wider property strategy and feasibility study that identified the potential to consolidate operations and accommodate future delivery of housing, employment and amenity space into the community. M3 navigated the team through a complex design and planning process that began with early and extensive consultations, through the adoption of the masterplan by both local authorities as Supplementary Planning Document and via the Mayor to settle determination with a resolution to grant at a public hearing.

With the multi-party s106 agreed, M3 worked with Royal Mail to prepare the site for development, leading the design of enabling works required for partial air rights development, resolution of outstanding property matters, and review of disposal and delivery strategies.

Related projects
Royal Mail Property Strategy, The Postal Museum

Project highlights

  • Securing adoption of the masterplan vision by two London Boroughs as SPD
  • Managing complex planning submission involving 5 architects, 2 local authorities and multiple subsoil constraints
  • Active resolution of one of the largest Rights of Light positions in London
  • Supporting complicated viability negotiations to agree affordable housing provision
  • Leading the planning discussion with the GLA
  • Representing Royal Mail in successfully defending in the High Court a Judicial Review challenge
  • Managing an enabling works design package that consolidates RMG’s operational logistics area into a basement below approximately one quarter of the site to allow for air-rights development
  • Development of marketing and sales strategy