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Midlands daily to move into solicitors’ office

A regional daily is preparing to move from its current base to a new home in a building currently used as a solicitors’ office.

The Stoke-based Sentinel will move from its headquarters in Festival Park in Etruria to an historic building in Albion Street in Hanley, currently occupied by Beswicks Solicitors.

It comes after the paper’s print plant, which was based on the same site in Etruria, was axed last year with the loss of 90 jobs.

The new base, which was built in the early 1800s, is in the centre of the Cultural Quarter and the building was originally used as a Sunday School for a chapel next door.

The Sentinel's new headquarters

A side view of The Sentinel's new offices.

The paper announced the new headquarters to reader in a story this week, saying its new offices will be a “modern communications hub” when it moves there in the autumn.

Sentinel managing director Michelle Gesell said: “This is a hugely important move for our business, one which puts us right at the heart of the community we always seek to serve.

“We hope the new base will make it easier for readers and customers to reach us. Being in the within The Cultural Quarter should also make it simple for us to meet key advertisers and important contacts.

“We’ll only be a short walk from The Regent, The Potteries Museum, Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Hanley Police Station and the new £15m Hanley Bus Station. The new £41m city council headquarters will also be within throwing distance of our front door.”

New tenants for the paper’s current site have yet to be announced.

Harmsworth Printing, a sister company of the former Northcliffe Media, announced plans last October to close The Sentinel’s print plant, leading to the paper being printed outside the city.

The Sentinel's current base, which it will leave in the autumn.