Royal Mail celebrates contemporary architecture in the UK with special stamps
- Royal Mail today launches a Special Stamp set to celebrate 10 buildings that represent the renaissance of contemporary architecture in the UK of recent years
- This includes the Eden Project in St Austell
- The Landmark Buildings issue uses photography to capture the distinctive lines and shapes of these remarkable structures
- Other buildings that feature in the set are: London Aquatics Centre; Library of Birmingham; SEC Armadillo, Glasgow; Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; Giants’ Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland; National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; IWM North, Manchester and Blavatnik Building – formerly Switch House - Tate Modern, London
- All the buildings in the set have become famous landmarks for the local communities, regions and cities
- The new stamps are available from today at www.royalmail.com/landmarkbuildings and 7,000 Post Offices across the UK
- Eden Project image on the stamp taken by Dean Forrest
Royal Mail today celebrates 10 iconic buildings in the UK with the launch of a set of Special Stamps. This includes the domes of the Eden Project in St Austell.
The images capture the distinctive lines and shapes of the structures that have become famous landmarks.
Also featured in the set are: the London Aquatics Centre; the Library of Birmingham; the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow; the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; Giants’ Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland; the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; the IWM North, Manchester and Blavatnik Building – formerly Switch House - Tate Modern, London.
The past two decades has seen a surge in the construction of new public buildings in the UK. A great many of these adventurous and innovative structures, serving culture, sport, government and business, have since become popular and integral parts of their local landscapes, often playing a part in regeneration.
Some were initiated by central government, some by civic leaders of major cities, and others were the ideas of passionate individuals.
There has also been a renewal of confidence in British architecture led by world-famous architects including Dame Zaha Hadid, Lord Richard Rogers and Lord Norman Foster, along with a host of other talents.
Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager, Royal Mail, said: “These new stamps celebrate visionary buildings which combine stunning architecture with great engineering.”
Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, said: "We are very proud to be featured on a Royal Mail stamp for the second time and this time in our full glory! It is important to mark the fact that the Eden Project exists because of an inspired decision by the Millennium Commission, the EU and the Regional Development Agency alongside the confidence vested in us by the Nat West Bank.
"A nation is judged by the decisions it makes. We hope that this stamp captures the spirit of an age of confidence in the face of challenge, and an ambition to represent a generation wishing to live sustainably. We who work here love this place and thank the millions of people who have shown their support and interest by continuing to visit us."
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Grimshaw, said: “The Eden Project’s lasting appeal stems from a basic premise - that man is utterly dependent on plants – and I have been thrilled to see the project continue to beguile visitors ever since its opening day 16 years ago. Eden has been significant in bringing a new understanding of our relationship with the natural world, and I hope it continues to do so for many more years to come.”