Demolition of former Press buildings continues

Demolition of former Press buildings continues

Demolition work on the The Press offices in Walmgate

Rubble at the rear of The Press site in Walmgate

The former reel stores at The Press site in Walmgate

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

CONTRACTORS are demolishing former press buildings in York ready for student accommodation to be built on the site.

Disused store and transport buildings behind the offices of The Press in Walmgate have already been torn down.

Demolition contractors PP O’Connor said they have made good progress on the project so far, with only the concrete foundations for those buildings remaining.

They are now set to start work removing the old press hall and vacant offices – and plan to use a 20ft section of building as a “divider” between the buildings to be demolished and offices which are still occupied by newspaper staff.

Developers S Harrison plan a £35 million development to construct 350 student flats on The Press’s site, providing 648 student rooms.

A new frontage will go up in Walmgate, where operator Student Castle will have its management suite, reception and student common room.

A new archway will be built where the entrance to the car park now stands.

The buildings were opened in 1989 when The Press moved from its previous home in Coney Street – now City Screen – but the press hall closed several years ago when printing moved out of the city.

The newspaper’s offices will now move to the redeveloped former Poads grain merchant building at the south-east of the Walmgate site, next to Hurst’s Yard.

S Harrison also developed the £14.7 million St John Central site on Carmelite Street, Hungate, which provided 258 student bedrooms and was bought by York St John University as part of its development and expansion strategy.

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9:31am Thu 30 Jan 14

razor08 says...

What a shame to see such a decline in newspaper industry on York including the loss of all the printing and associated jobs. there use to be 2 Evening Press's a day county and city and on Saturday a pink sports press with all scores in. The Evening Press even had up to date local news from the day it was printed alas no longer done. Newsquest have just stripped a good local paper out of York and replaced with a poor rag! paying poor wages to journalists some of whom have little or no local knowledge, How long before the small office on Fossgate goes to leaving no physical presence in York? it will happen
What a shame to see such a decline in newspaper industry on York including the loss of all the printing and associated jobs. there use to be 2 Evening Press's a day county and city and on Saturday a pink sports press with all scores in. The Evening Press even had up to date local news from the day it was printed alas no longer done. Newsquest have just stripped a good local paper out of York and replaced with a poor rag! paying poor wages to journalists some of whom have little or no local knowledge, How long before the small office on Fossgate goes to leaving no physical presence in York? it will happen razor08
  • Score: 22

12:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Brythonicman says...

I suppose its Increase of Online media and the decrease of actual quality reporting.
I suppose its Increase of Online media and the decrease of actual quality reporting. Brythonicman
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Thu 30 Jan 14

P3TER1 says...

Brythonicman wrote:
I suppose its Increase of Online media and the decrease of actual quality reporting.
Has The Press ever had "quality reporting"?
The rise of the internet and development in IT and mobile means the way in which news is consumed has changed. The Press, like all local newspapers need to adapt to these changes and provide new and innovative ways to engage with its audience.
[quote][p][bold]Brythonicman[/bold] wrote: I suppose its Increase of Online media and the decrease of actual quality reporting.[/p][/quote]Has The Press ever had "quality reporting"? The rise of the internet and development in IT and mobile means the way in which news is consumed has changed. The Press, like all local newspapers need to adapt to these changes and provide new and innovative ways to engage with its audience. P3TER1
  • Score: 6

3:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Terry3 says...

@P3TER1
What a stupid comment! How can the printed news media compete with the internet, which can be kept up to date at the press off a keyboard key?
The printed news is doomed, but should be respected for it's sterling work in the past, when people relied on it to tell them what was going on in the world, which "The Press" did in no mean manner.
From you comment you are too young to remember any of this.
@P3TER1 What a stupid comment! How can the printed news media compete with the internet, which can be kept up to date at the press off a keyboard key? The printed news is doomed, but should be respected for it's sterling work in the past, when people relied on it to tell them what was going on in the world, which "The Press" did in no mean manner. From you comment you are too young to remember any of this. Terry3
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3:31pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Can't all be wrong says...

I would have thought that as we are reading and contributing on this forum, that in itself says it all!
I would have thought that as we are reading and contributing on this forum, that in itself says it all! Can't all be wrong
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Fri 31 Jan 14

P3TER1 says...

@Terry3
What a stupid reply! The Press shouldn't and doesn't need to compete with the internet, and if it is, it is doomed. My comment points out that the way in which news is consumed by the public has changed. Therefore the platform(s) in which the media (including local newspapers) has to adapt to these changes. Like all businesses, the strategy has to consider political, economical, social and technological changes to survive, this is basic and fundamental business.
@Terry3 What a stupid reply! The Press shouldn't and doesn't need to compete with the internet, and if it is, it is doomed. My comment points out that the way in which news is consumed by the public has changed. Therefore the platform(s) in which the media (including local newspapers) has to adapt to these changes. Like all businesses, the strategy has to consider political, economical, social and technological changes to survive, this is basic and fundamental business. P3TER1
  • Score: 1

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