With a number of high-profile design projects part of its portfolio, a specialist mailbox manufacturer can now add a Grand Designs home to its achievements, following a home it provided a unique mailbox to being featured on the popular self-build programme.
The Safety Letterbox Company, based in South Wales, manufactured the bespoke mailbox for Sandy Rendel Architects for its five bedroom South Street house in Lewes, East Sussex, which appeared on series 16 of Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
The upper walls and roof of the property were clad in a continuous skin of corten steel to enable it to self-weather to create a prominent ochre colour. A letterbox was therefore designed based upon the design of a Steel 3 mailbox front and finished in corten steel, with the intention for it to weather to match the effect of the property.
This rich corten steel look was desired to resonate the local red clay brickwork and allude to the industrial heritage of the site.
The mailbox installed features in front/out back access, enabling mail to be posted on the external side of the wall and retrieved internally for convenience. The inside portion of the mailbox is finished in a sleek jet black polyester powder coated paint. The mailbox also features an integrated speaker grill, along with a vandal resistant stainless steel intercom push button.
Owner of the South Street property, Anita Yeomans, commented:
“We are more than pleased with the look of the mailbox, which has weathered beautifully with the rest of the corten on the exterior of the house. It’s a perfect functional addition.”
South Street has received significant recognition from the architectural and design community. The property won the 2016 Manser Medal, and was shortlisted in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2016 in the category of One-off House between 2500-5000 sq. ft.
Alison Orrells, managing director of The Safety Letterbox Company, said:
“We are very proud to have contributed to such an admired property, which had very specific and unique design objectives. Manufacturing a bespoke mailbox that was able to suit the desired effect of this Grand Designs house is very rewarding for the company and shows our expertise in working with architects on high-end projects to achieve outstanding results.”
A market leader in its field, The Safety Letterbox Company has developed a comprehensive range of over 130 mailboxes during its time in business, providing hi-tech, bespoke and secure letterboxes throughout the UK and worldwide.
The company has worked on some of the most prestigious developments nationally and internationally, including prominent London residences and further afield, the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the world’s tallest building.