the Post Office approached the architect Neville Conder to design a modern kiosk. He
responded with an ultra modern design using the new trunk dialling pay phone equipment.
The Kiosk was 14 inches shorter than the K6 and was constructed from aluminium, with large panes of glass.
The Kiosk was trailed in Central London in January 1962 and the public were invited to send their comments to the Postmaster General.
Due to the English weather the Kiosk never got past the prototype stage as the aluminium bled greyish streaks over the assembly and the panels blistered. It looked a complete mess.
Only five aluminium examples entered service, four in London and one in Coventry. A further half dozen were commissioned in cast iron, but it is not known where they were erected, if anywhere. The aluminium prototypes continued in service for the next twenty years.
The interior is shown below.
However, all was not lost and this kiosk led to the development of the Kiosk No 8.
The New Telephone Kiosk
The new kiosk designed by Neville Conder,
F.R.I.B.A., A.A. Dip.(Hons.), M.S.I.A., is 7 feet
2 inches high (14 inches shorter than the present
one) and is of anodised aluminium, with red panels.
Designed to take the new trunk dialling coin-box
with its modern telephone handset, it will be tried
out in selected places to test public opinion.
Picture above taken in 1958
Two views of the Cast Iron variant
Last revised: February 10, 2021