Gallery: Final glimpse inside abandoned Royal Mail sorting office

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The derelict former Royal Mail sorting office near Temple Meads station is set to be demolished in early summer to make way for the University of Bristol’s £300m Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. The university has laid out a commitment that it will be “a (largely) postgraduate campus that’s at the forefront of digital and business research, education, skills and innovation,” and they hope it will be finished in time for the 2021 academic year.

The building was abandoned by Royal Mail in 1997, and has not been put to use since. From 2004, the Bristol Wood Recycling Project, a not-for-profit which reuses or sells wood that would otherwise have ended up in landfill, has occupied part of the site, and in late January they re-located to about 15 minutes’ walk away, near the St Philips Recycling Centre.

Before preparative works began in early February, Bristol City Council, the university and the Bristol Wood Recycling Project released a collection of photos, found below, of the structure in its final throes.