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Daily’s old office goes for gold in university redevelopment

A regional daily’s former office has gone for gold as it prepares for its new use.

Golden panelling has been installed at Berrows House, the former home of the Worcester News, as part of its re-development by the University of Worcester.

The university plans to use the site for teaching medical students and plans for the renovation include a state-of-the art anatomy laboratory, a suite of GP simulation rooms, and a range of general seminar and teaching rooms.

There will also be offices, break-out spaces for group study and a café.

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Newsquest, the newspaper’s owner, agreed a deal to sell the site at Hylton Road, pictured, in 2019.

The News has since moved into Redhill House, on London Road.

A University of Worcester spokesman told the paper: “The works to refurbish the former Berrows House building into new, outstanding facilities to educate health professionals is progressing well.

“The overwhelming majority of demolition works are now complete, and the installation of structural framing continues.

“The university is hoping that the building will be ready for use in early 2023, when students studying across a range of health courses, including nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, and those studying on the university’s new medical degree will have access to new state-of-the-art facilities.

“The university is the major educator of health professionals in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as well as much of Dudley and Halesowen.

“This new facility will enable the University to educate even more of these professionals, playing a key role in ending the chronic shortage of medical and health professionals in the region.”