Two daily newspapers are to move out of their iconic headquarters after job cutbacks made it too big for the remaining staff.
The Plymouth Herald and the Western Morning News will move back to Plymouth city centre after 20 years in Derriford, on the outskirts of the city.
Its current glass and steel building on the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park, has won five architectural awards since opening in 1993 and is affectionately nick-named ‘The Big Glass Ship’ due to its appearance. It has now gone on the market.
In a story on the Herald’s thisisplymouth website, the company said that “major changes” in the publishing industry meant the building had become too large for the needs of the two newspapers.
Blanche Sainsbury, managing director of South West Media Group which publishes the two papers, said it is hoped that the move will be completed by the summer.
“The move back into the city shows our commitment to be at the heart of the community. Herald reporters have always had their fingers on the pulse of current events, but this will make their job that much easier,” she said.
The story on thisisplymouth stated: “With the major changes in the publishing industry over the past five years, the building has become too large for the needs of the two newspapers.”
It follows a series of job loss announcements affecting the two papers and other sister titles in the West Country over the past three years.
In November 2010, around 50 jobs went in a restructuring of production operations at the WMN and Bristol-based sister title the Western Daily Press, while eight journalists were made redundant last August after a restructure at the papers saw some news and picture functions merged.
The move is among the first major changes brought in after new regional newspaper company Local World bought out Northcliffe Media, the paper’s former publishers, along with Iliffe News and Media.