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Regional daily to leave office after 45 years

A regional daily has announced it is set to move to a new office after 45 years, as two other big city titles bade farewell to their former HQs.

The Liverpool Echo will be moving across the road from its current Old Hall Street home to a new headquarters at 5 St Paul’s Square.

The move was announced on Friday as sister title the Birmingham Mail waved goodbye to its Fort Dunlop home of the last decade.

The Johnston Press-owned Sheffield Star also left its offices in York Street for the last time on Friday.

The Echo's new office at 5 St Paul's Square

The Echo’s new office at 5 St Paul’s Square

The Liverpool Echo will retain the Old Hall Street site, where it has been based since 1973, for potential redevelopment.

It is hoped the move to St Paul’s Square will be made in March 2018.

Carl Wood, regional managing director for Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, said: “This is a very exciting move as our new offices will further enhance our digital capabilities and support our future growth ambitions.

“These ultra modern offices will also provide a light and bright working environment for all, reinforcing our position as the leading digital-first media business in the region and at the same time, highlighting our commitment to Liverpool and the wider city Region.

“Our current Old Hall Street site will be retained for potential redevelopment, with further announcements on this in due course.”

Editor-in-chief Alastair Machray added: “This is a superb office space which is perfect for our business needs.

“It is at the heart of the city region we are proud to serve and is a great launchpad for our ambitions.”

Elsewhere, The Star has now moved into its new office at The Balance, Pinfold Street.

Head of digital Ben Green posted the below tribute to its former York Street base on Twitter after staff worked their last day there on Friday.

The Mail also has a new city centre HQ from today after leaving Fort Dunlop.

Editor Marc Reeves posted on Twitter: “Said my last goodbye to Fort Dunlop today. On Monday, the Post & Mail is back in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Can’t wait!”