The Herald's 'big glass ship' iconic building goes up for sale
THE Herald and its sister newspaper, the Western Morning News, are moving back into Plymouth city centre.
After 20 years in Derriford, the two newspapers will once again be at the very heart of the city.
The move, which will happen in the summer, has been made possible after the titles were acquired by a new regional newspaper company, Local World.
Local World took over Northcliffe Media, the regional publishing arm of Daily Mail and General Trust and Iliffe News and Media on December 30 last year.
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The new media group, with nearly 100 titles, is transforming regional publishing to create a one-stop shop for local content to serve the community and business in every aspect of life.
The business is building on leading regional media titles like The Herald and the Western Morning News with strong audience loyalty in local communities, and expanding their digital presence with a £10 million investment.
Blanche Sainsbury, managing director of South West Media Group, which publishes The Herald and the Western Morning News, said: "The move back into the city shows our commitment to be at the heart of the community.
"Herald reporters have always had their fingers on the pulse of current events, but this will make their job that much easier."
The newspapers moved out of New George Street in Plymouth city centre when their glass and steel headquarters building opened in 1993.
The "Ship", as it was dubbed, has won five architectural awards.
With the major changes in the publishing industry over the past five years, the building has become too large for the needs of the two newspapers.
The company is now actively marketing the building on the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford.