Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office


Royal Mail’s Central London Mail Centre at Mount Pleasant has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years, including a completely new lighting installation supplied predominantly by WILA and Nordeon. 

Royal Mail have occupied the Mount Pleasant site since 1887. It has seen several major developments over the years, including the construction of the main building with its iconic art deco style south façade on Rosebery Avenue in the 1920s.   Situated on the border of the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden, it is Royal Mail’s only mail processing site in central London.

Hoare Lea Lighting was appointed to design a new lighting scheme throughout the building, including the offices, mail processing and vehicle areas.  WILA’s Linic linear LED products with micro prismatic optics for glare control, were selected for the main offices.  A combination of Linic 60 and Linic 40 products were used to integrate with the ceiling and fit between the metal slats in the office.  WILA’s Ingenic was selected for suspended 600x600mm ceilings.  Additional Tentec Zono products were supplied for the corridors, toilets and break-out areas.

For the mail processing and vehicle areas, Hoare Lea Lighting wanted to use a continuous lighting system with the addition of uplight.  The concept was not just to provide functional lighting, but produce spaces pleasant to work in, and differentiated using coloured uplight.  WILA and Nordeon worked closely with Hoare Lea to develop a special version of the Baldur product with uplight.  The system was perfect for the application with several different optic required; opal, medium, ultra-wide, and asymmetric.  Each optic clicks into the main trunking sections where the uplight was located. 

A cool 5700K uplight was chosen for the mail processing areas to contrast with the neutral 4000K downlight.  The vehicle areas were designed with a warmer amber uplight.  Both up and downlight were separately controlled through a DALI system.  In total WILA will supply nearly 4km of Nordeon Baldur on the project.


Client: Royal Mail

Lighting Design: Hoare Lea Lighting

Electrical Contractor: Imtech


Luminaires supplied:

WILA Linic 60 and Linic 40

WILA Tentec Zono recessed and suspended

WILA Ingenic

Nordeon Baldur System