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Regional daily ‘to seek new headquarters’

Scottish daily The Scotsman and its sister titles are set to move out of their headquarters in Edinburgh to make way for a video games company, according to a newspaper report.

The title, along with Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News, are based at a building in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Road, which is also the headquarters of Johnston Press.

But the Sunday Herald reports that they are set to move out of their shared home in Barclay House next year to be replaced by Scottish video games maker Rockstar North, which is best known for the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

According to the report, which has not been confirmed by the publisher, new headquarters for the group and Scotsman Publications have yet to be found in Edinburgh.

The purpose-built base, understood to be built for £20m, was opened by the Queen in 1999 and was previously owned by the Barclay Brothers, who owned the Scotsman titles for 10 years.

But they sold the headquarters to Irish property magnate Lochlann Quinn less than a year after JP acquired the Scotsman group in January 2006.

The Herald reported that Rockstar was expected to sign the lease agreement for the building before Christmas and would move into it next year following alterations.

The building was designed by Edinburgh architects CDA and was built to coincide with the launch of the Scottish Parliament.

Johnston Press had not responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Another bit of JP legacy that will hit the profits and staff. Why buy a business that doesn’t own the building. I suspect lots will lose their jobs when they move. It will be a costly process

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