A regional daily newspaper in the Midlands is to move offices next month with its home for the past 55 years set to go under the bulldozer.
The newspaper is to move to as as-yet-undisclosed new location in the canal basin area of the city centre, within walking distance of the current building.
Its existing offices, which are attached to a now-disused printing plant, are likely to be knocked down as part of a comprehensive redevelopment scheme.
Trinity Mirror first submitted a planning application to redevelop the site in 2010.
The background to the move is set out in a report to Coventry City Council by property agents Montagu Evans which accompanied the application.
It stated: “The development proposals arise as the current premises are surplus to the requirements of Trinity Mirror Group and are unsuitable for their continued occupation.
“Trinity Mirror Group’s intention is to seek replacement office space and retain current staffing levels within Coventry City Centre.
“At its height, the Coventry Evening Telegraph used to employ approximately 300 people on site. The newspaper now employs approximately 110 people.
“The main building on the Western Site Area was originally designed to accommodate printing works within the basements which are now redundant as newspaper printing is now undertaken off site.
“Clearly the scale and function of the building no longer matches the requirements for the production of a newspaper some 50 years after the building was originally constructed.
“The buildings are old, unattractive and are in poor condition.”
The newspaper, which was founded as the Midland Daily Telegraph in 1891, moved into the Corporation Street premises in November 1957.
Its then proprietor Lord Iliffe, whose family still own a number of regional newspapers, laid the foundation stone of the building.
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “The Coventry Telegraph is moving offices next month to premises in Coventry about five minutes walk from where they currently are.”
The site is likely to be redeveloped as shops, offices and an hotel.