The architects vision for the centrepiece of a refurbished Mailbox shopping centre in Birmingham. Portals designed, manufactured and installed by an Uckfield company can be seen above.

Uckfield firm helps with new look for Birmingham shopping centre

The work of Uckfield-based business Design and Display Structures (D&D) will be seen in the centre piece of a redeveloped shopping centre in

The company, owned by Allan Curtis of Hempstead Road, has designed, manufactured and installed nearly 100 portal frames as part of the massive £50 million refurbishment of The Mailbox.

It was appointed by main contractor Galliford Try Construction Central to create the modular GRP sections which were manufactured as fully-finished components to simulate Armoucoat (polished plaster), all ready for the fast-track installation phase.


Portals designed, manufactured and installed by Uckfield company Design and Display Structures lifted into place under an atrium roof at The Mailbox shopping centre, Birmingham.

Each portal comprises 11.3m long horizontal beams placed upon a pair of vertical supporting uprights 5.3m tall.

The have been lifted to a high level under the new atrium roof and form a significant feature in the central walkway providing larger public areas in addition to improvements to the surrounding infrastructure.


A mock-up of one the nearly 100 portals installed at The Mailbox shopping centre, Birmingham.

The plans were designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams. The entire retail mall will be enclosed and sky lit, to create an urban room with new facades, finishes and store frontages. Read more about the revamped Mailbox in the Birmingham Mail here: New urban room to open at revamped Mailbox

There’s more about the work about Design and Display Structures in previous Uckfield News stories:

Uckfield company to help transform Olympic Stadium

Another prestige job for Uckfield company

Uckfield firm specialises in turning dreams into reality

• Find contact details for Design and Display Structures in their listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Architectural-themed features, Construction or GRP manufacturer.

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