Broughton Printers put up for sale

The Lancashire Evening Post

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The building which is home to the Lancashire Evening Post and Broughton Printers has been put up for sale.

The 15,805 sqm site at Oliver’s Place, off Eastway, Fulwood, which covers around 10 acres and is situated in the North East Preston Employment Area, has been listed as a ‘redevelopment opportunity.’

It is more than 26 years since we moved out of our Fishergate offices to a new headquarters in Oliver’s Place. Now it is time for us to start a new chapter in the history of the Evening Post.

Preston-based chartered surveyors Bailey Deakin Hamiltons is dealing with the sale. A price has not yet been revealed, but its website lists the site as having potential for redevelopment as retail, leisure, offices and even residential accommodation.

The move comes after it was announced that Broughton Printers is to close on July 8 with the loss of 91 jobs.

The site is also the northern HQ of Sir Richard Desmond’s media empire and currently prints the Daily Express and the Daily Star.

Contracts for those titles are being moved to a printing plant at Dinnington, near Sheffield, owned by Johnston Press.

Lancashire Evening Post Editor Gillian Parkinson said: “It is more than 26 years since we moved out of our Fishergate offices to a new headquarters in Oliver’s Place. Now it is time for us to start a new chapter in the history of the Evening Post.

“We will shortly start a search for suitable premises in the area which match the needs of a progressive, multi-media business while still keeping us at the heart of the local community.”

Broughton Printers was founded in 1988 and was acquired by Northern & Shell as part of its purchase of Express Newspapers in 2001. At its height the plant employed more than 200 staff and printed 11m newspapers per day.