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Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

 

Following a theft of letter box keys from Royal Mail staff on Saturday 16th February in Leyton, the Royal Mail has been forced to temporarily seal 14 of their iconic red pillar boxes in the Waltham Forest area. They have confirmed that the post boxes will remain out of action until such they can be fitted with new locks.

In a statement, the Royal Mail said it took the decision to temporarily seal the pillar boxes, most of which are in Walthamstow, “to protect the security of our customers mail”. It is believed that two post boxes in Leyton and one in Leytonstone have also been removed from service for the time being.

The spokesperson for Royal Mail added that the organisation “…apologises to any of it’s customers who have been inconvenienced by this theft”.

At Post Boxes UK, we feel that this is the only reasonable action the Royal Mail can take given the circumstances and potential security issues. That it took the Royal Mail approximately one week to take action is a more worrying concern. It might then take another week to replace the locks.

Indeed, The Guardian newspaper pressed the Royal Mail asking the question as to whether any mail had been stolen as a result of the theft of keys, to which it declined to comment.

Will will learn of any instances of mail theft as a result of these keys being stolen? It is doubtful in our opinion. The Royal Mail

RAL letter boxes

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

RAL letter boxes – why most manufacturers have a limited standard range

RAL letter boxes – why most manufacturers have a limited standard range

 

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Letter Boxes for Offices

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Letter Boxes for Offices

Letter Boxes for Offices

 

 

In our last article we looked at mailboxes for student accommodation, and in particular what architects and developers should look for in a mailbox unit when specifying for a student accommodation project. In the following article, we will look at those issues which need to be addressed when specifying banks of letter boxes for offices.

 

A box is a box isn’t it?

At first glance, you may think that letter boxes for offices or student flats would be exactly the same. In some circumstances, this may be so (especially when dealing with large student cluster flats of six or more bedrooms). But primarily, the biggest difference is the amounts of mail received by office tenants.

Typically an office will receive a substantially larger amount of mail than say private residences or student flats. Generally speaking, a business or organisation will produce more paperwork which is either of a legal nature or that needs to be actioned by the recipient.

 

More mail, bigger needs

As such, the more paperwork generated by an office, the more mail it could expect to receive. Subsequently an office would need a

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation

 

With the number of students attending universities in the UK at an all time high, it is small wonder that blocks of student accommodation are springing up in virtually every major town and city. In this article about mailboxes for student accommodation, we look at the criteria which need to be addressed by both client and contractor.

 

Internal Letter Boxes

Due to the size and nature of typical student accommodation developments, internal letter boxes in large entrance lobby areas tend to be the norm. There are a number of reasons for this.

Firstly is that of size, or rather quantity. Imagine a city centre block of 100 student cluster flats. Having a bank of 100 external mailboxes would be problematic. Available space? Not just for the post boxes themselves, but what about resident students all in an external area which could be a public right of way?

Secondly, external units nowadays tend to be Secured By Design compliant. This usually means a large capacity mailbox has to be specified. Meaning a bank of mailboxes is going to be at least double the size originally intended.

Which is why most mailboxes for student accommodation developments are located in the internal lobby area. It also creates a focal point for the lobby area. A meeting place for the student community.

 

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Cluster flats, shared post boxes

It is commonplace for students to share a cluster flat. Usually an apartment with a trendy open plan kitchen diner and lounge area, shared bathroom and washing facility and 3 to 6 bedrooms with internet access. So, if students can live together it stands to reason that a shared post box makes sense. A building with 600 students would in theory only need between 100 and 200 post boxes.

There would naturally be the requirement for additional post box keys. Generally ordered at the same time as the post boxes, these can also be supplied retrospectively by your supplier. If not, contact us at Post Boxes UK – we have ways and means. 🙂

 

Delivery to site

Wow! It never fails to amaze us how often mailboxes for student accommodation are either forgotten about or ordered right at the last minute. Clients who want 200 bespoke sized units in a non-stock finish for delivery by the end of next week.

OK that’s stretching the truth somewhat, but clients demanded it and we listened. As a result, Post Boxes UK offers an Express Delivery Service. We can supply banks of mailboxes to any RAL finish within 2 weeks. Even bespoke dimensions, it really is no problem – just a case of punching a couple of different numbers into a machine, and away you go.

With most mailboxes for student accommodation being delivered during the months of June and July, it is now when architects, contractors and developers need to give consideration to the types of postal box systems specified.

 

Mailboxes for Student Accommodation – Call an authority

Should you have a requirement for a mailbox system for your student accommodation project, contact the experts at Post Boxes UK on 0121 288 0838 and speak to one of our technical sales team. They will talk you through the options available and put forward a solution tailored to your specific budget and design criteria.