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Drone images show demolition of regional daily’s former home

Images of the iconic former home of a regional daily title have been published showing the building all-but demolished.

The Portsmouth News printed a special double-page image of its old HQ after drone images were submitted to the newsroom.

Situated in Hilsea at the very entrance to the island City, the The News Centre was home to the reporting teams and the printing press until 2013.

Demolition work began in September with the rear of the site cleared first, with new aerial pictures and video showing that much of the inside and roof of the building has now been removed.


Work has not yet started to demolish the iconic frontage – which has long been recognised across the city, with the word ‘news’ incorporated into the design – and which some campaigners had battled to try and save.

First Bus announced its purchase of the site in London Road in March which it plans to turn onto a ‘super bus depot’ for its electric fleet.

The Big Picture feature, above, shows one of the aerial images with a series of explainers, while a picture special was published online with more images.

The Portsmouth News team are now based in the nearby offices at North Harbour.