Regional publisher Johnston Press has sold four more of its current and former newspaper offices, raising millions of pounds in additional revenues.
As HTFP reported in November, the publisher has created a dedicated website to market current and former newspaper buildings for sale in a bid to raise more than £8m and ensure its remaining offices are “fit for purpose”.
It has now been confirmed that at least four more have been sold, with a major former printworks site in Peterborough also under offer.
Although the company has declined to reveal details of the value of the sales, they are understood to exceed £2m.
The 5.5 acre former newspaper office and print works on Oundle Road, Peterborough, which once housed the Peterborough Telegraph, was marketed without a guide price and is expected to be sold for redevelopment.
The site, which closed in 2012, is under offer but Johnston Press said contracts had not been signed yet.
The property on Martland Mill Lane in Wigan, which also did not have a guide price, has been a base for the Lancashire titles since the early 1980s and includes a now-defunct press hall.
As reported by HTFP last week, the Morecambe Visitor offices in the town, which were up for sale for £350,000, have been sold to a charity with staff from the Visitor and sister title the Lancaster Guardian moved to a new base on an industrial estate.
Other buildings sold by the company include the former Mansfield Chad offices, which were marketed for £450,000, a former Portsmouth News office in Gosport, which was up for sale for £225,000 and the former Nelson Leader offices, which were valued at £90,000.
The Mansfield Chad left its former Newgate Lane base after 39 years last summer to move to new offices in a business park and it is understood that a neighbouring care home has bought the site.
The News’ office in Gosport and the Nelson Leader’s base were also vacated by the regional publisher last year.
HTFP has previously reported the sales of three other properties listed on the JP website, namely the former offices of the West Sussex County Times in Horsham, the former offices of the Southern Reporter in Selkirk, and a newspaper office in Kelso.
A spokeswoman for Johnston Press confirmed that the sales had taken place but declined to comment further.