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Sister dailies launch search for new home after four years

The office of two sister dailies has gone on the market after four years of occupation by the newspapers.

Portman House, which is leased by Archant dailies the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, is currently listed by property website Savills at an asking price of £160,000 a year.

Archant is currently seeking new office space but says it is committed to the newspapers’ teams “staying in the heart of the Ipswich community”.

The two-storey site in Ipswich has been used by the EADT and Star since they moved out of their previous Lower Brook Street headquarters in 2016.

Portman House

The move was described at the time by Jeff Henry, the company’s then chief executive, as a “major investment by Archant in its Suffolk business”.

The office, pictured, was originally a warehouse for cigar maker Churchman and is located at the junction of Princes Street and Portman Road – next to Ipswich Town Football Club’s stadium.

An Archant spokesman told HTFP: “We have taken the opportunity to look to a new office which better suits our requirements of embedding our teams in the communities they serve and so staying in the heart of the Ipswich community, which we are of course firmly committed to.”