Plans by the Daily Mail group to demolish the award-winning former offices of two regional dailies have been slammed as “madness.”
The so-called ‘Big Glass Ship’ building in Plymouth was designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, architect of the Eden Project, and was home to the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald for 20 years.
The two titles vacated the £33.5m building, in Derriford on the outskirts of the city, for a more central base in 2013.
Now Daily Mail and General Trust, which still owns the iconic building, has applied to Plymouth City Council to demolish it.
The building, pictured above, has three floors encased in glass walls made up of 650 panels hung on a framework of 37 steel ‘tusks’, curving in two directions to create the appearance of a ship’s hull – with a boardroom at the top of the tower.
But DMGT, the parent company of Northcliffe, retained the ownership of the building along with other newspaper centres as part of the deal.
The two newspapers moved to their current offices at Millbay Road, Plymouth in June of that year.
Plymouth City Council member Maddi Bridgeman told The Herald she is “horrified” that the structure could be demolished.
She added: “I am shocked. The architecture is amazing. It is a beautiful building. It is the sort of building that ought to be cherished, not demolished.
“It would be madness to knock it down.”
Other buildings designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw include London’s Waterloo railway station and Heathrow Terminal 3.
No further details of DMGT’s plans are available, but members of the public can comment on the demolition proposal until 17 March.