Demolition gang heralds new era in Walmgate

York Press: The old Press buildings are being demolished to make way for student flats The old Press buildings are being demolished to make way for student flats

FROM construction to demolition - these pictures show how The Press' headquarters in Walmgate has come full circle in just over a quarter of a century.

Back in the 1980s, the then Yorkshire Evening Press was based in Coney Street alongside the River Ouse, where City Screen is based today.

But the site was outdated, with increasingly difficult access for the newspaper delivery vans, and so it was decided to relocate to a new HQ.

Any temptation to move to an out-of-town site was resisted, in the belief that the local newspaper should remain in the heart of the city - ideally within the city walls.

It so happened that MFI, which in those days was a booming furniture retailer, wanted to move out of its base in Walmgate to a bigger store on Hull Road and The Press acquired the site.

In 1988, York construction firm Shepherd set about building a huge new printworks and office complex, and staff moved in the following year.

In recent years, the changing face of the newspaper industry has left increasing parts of the site unoccupied, particularly after the printworks closed down and printing of The Press was transferred to Bradford.

Demolition experts moved in earlier this year, flattening first the newspaper reel store, then the printworks and finally some of the offices, leaving only the building fronting onto Walmgate, where editorial staff are temporarily based. Now a huge new student flats complex is to be built on the site.

At the same time, builders have moved in to the former Poads building, a Victorian structure adjacent to The Press building which once housed a canteen, cuttings library and training rooms. It is now being transformed into a modern office complex, to which editorial and advertising staff will relocate later in the year.

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The Press buildings being put up in 1988

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8:27am Thu 3 Apr 14

nearlyman says...

Yes, you just moved the ownership and the heart and soul of a local paper out of the city and into a corporate conglomerate, changed it to a morning paper, forcing it to compete with that which it is ill equipped to compete.
I used to look forward to it at tea time to see what had happened in York that day, rathern than second hand news.
Yes, you just moved the ownership and the heart and soul of a local paper out of the city and into a corporate conglomerate, changed it to a morning paper, forcing it to compete with that which it is ill equipped to compete. I used to look forward to it at tea time to see what had happened in York that day, rathern than second hand news. nearlyman
  • Score: 36

8:52am Thu 3 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

nearlyman wrote:
Yes, you just moved the ownership and the heart and soul of a local paper out of the city and into a corporate conglomerate, changed it to a morning paper, forcing it to compete with that which it is ill equipped to compete.
I used to look forward to it at tea time to see what had happened in York that day, rathern than second hand news.
Perfectly true nearly man. I remember my dad looking for the latest racing results in the stop press , on the right hand side of the back page. Then me being sent to wait for the sports press on Saturday tea time. All the local sporting news and league tables at your fingertips. Happy days.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: Yes, you just moved the ownership and the heart and soul of a local paper out of the city and into a corporate conglomerate, changed it to a morning paper, forcing it to compete with that which it is ill equipped to compete. I used to look forward to it at tea time to see what had happened in York that day, rathern than second hand news.[/p][/quote]Perfectly true nearly man. I remember my dad looking for the latest racing results in the stop press , on the right hand side of the back page. Then me being sent to wait for the sports press on Saturday tea time. All the local sporting news and league tables at your fingertips. Happy days. yorkandproud
  • Score: 28

12:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Charles Longbottom says...

.. and the latest cricket scores in the "Stop Press" column - sigh !
.. and the latest cricket scores in the "Stop Press" column - sigh ! Charles Longbottom
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bagnall1928@yahoo.com says...

SAD TO READ THAT THE YORK PRESS IS MOVING.
I REMEMBER IT WELL IN CONEY STREET,
The paper was delivered to our home in those days.
Flints in blossom street delivered
Charlie Thornton shouted out as he hurried along with hi
copies, his shop was I believe in bishophill area,
near a big Cooks factory.
The small shops did well in York in the 1940s and we used them
Blossom Street had a variety of shops from butchers and sweetshops, to
a chinese laundry, doctors surgeries, a dentist, convent, hotel and pubs
motor cycle dealer, a cinema too Plus aa small school
SAD TO READ THAT THE YORK PRESS IS MOVING. I REMEMBER IT WELL IN CONEY STREET, The paper was delivered to our home in those days. Flints in blossom street delivered Charlie Thornton shouted out as he hurried along with hi copies, his shop was I believe in bishophill area, near a big Cooks factory. The small shops did well in York in the 1940s and we used them Blossom Street had a variety of shops from butchers and sweetshops, to a chinese laundry, doctors surgeries, a dentist, convent, hotel and pubs motor cycle dealer, a cinema too Plus aa small school bagnall1928@yahoo.com
  • Score: 4

12:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

"the local newspaper should remain in the heart of the city"

I don't think Newport is a city.
"the local newspaper should remain in the heart of the city" I don't think Newport is a city. Fat Harry
  • Score: -1

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