Case study: Royal Mail's Coton House - Furniture removal and recycling

Government and Council

Royal Mail contracted Pickfords to assist with the decommissioning of their training centre at Coton House, near Rugby. The centre was being relocated to a new facility and Royal Mail wished to remove all fixtures and fittings from the building before offering it for sale.

Pickfords were contracted to clear in excess of 300 bedrooms of beds, cabinets, chairs, dressing tables and bed linen, re-purposing and recycling as much as possible to ensure compliance with Royal Mail’s CSR objectives. This was completed over three days with six Pickfords staff.

Through our dedicated Environmental Reuse division, Pickfords distributed the furniture to a number of charities including Red Cross, YMCA and British Heart Foundation. The bed linen, which normally has to be disposed, was re-purposed to Centre Point who run a variety of support services for homeless young people, and to RSPCA to use as bedding for animals in their care.

By contracting Pickfords to carry out the work, Royal Mail were provided with a prompt and professional service which delivered them a building ready to be made available for sale to the market. In addition, they were able to demonstrate significant CSR benefits and PR wins by publicising the actions carried out by Pickfords’ Environmental Reuse division, benefiting several prominent UK charities.

Pickfords’ Head of Environmental Reuse Nicki Brotherston said: “We were delighted to be able to assist the Royal Mail with this project. By keeping costs to a minimum and helping so many charities to benefit from the redundant furniture and bedding only enhances our relationship with the Royal Mail.”


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