The low, bunker-like Royal Mail sorting centre in Nine Elms, and another at Twelvetrees Crescent (what is it with the post office and dendronumerology?) in Bow Locks, could be axed as part of the postal service's "modernising" agenda — yes, the same one that resulted in strikes last year. The management plans to transfer operations to Mount Pleasant, but the closures would affect over 1,000 jobs, and the union is already ululating about the "permanent delays" such measures would cause. Royal Mail have wagered that, with Nine Elms changing rapidly (the new US Embassy will be built by the decade's end, there are plans for a tube station, and there's always the chance something will happen with Battersea Power Station), they could fetch a pretty penny for the land. A final decision is expected before January. Image by Chrisjohnbeckett in the Londonist Flickr pool.