The iconic former headquarters of a regional daily look set to be converted to student flats after being reportedly sold for £2m.
Now it has been reported that the building has been sold for £2m to a Yorkshire businessman who plans to turn the offices into student flats.
The newspapers moved last year to a new base on Whitehall Road in the city and their former headquarters were put up for sale by Johnston Press without a guide price.
According to Estates Gazette, David Newett, who runs Stirling Investments, has offered £2m for the landmark former newspaper HQ although it is not clear whether a final deal has been done.
It is understood that the businessman is initially looking to secure temporary planning consent for a car park to generate income before moving forward with plans for student accommodation.
In September, a demolition order for the building was submitted to Leeds City Council but it is not known whether Mr Newett’s plans for student flats would see the offices demolished or refurbished.
The building housed the two regional dailies for 32 years after being opened by the Prince of Wales in 1970.
The printing presses at the 4.75 acre site were closed earlier in 2012 when the printing of the titles was moved by JP to its sites in Dinnington and Sunderland.
No one from Johnston Press had responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.