Yorkshire Post HQ - Leeds, March 2014
Scheduled for demolition, the Paper’s office staff moved a few hundred yards to 1 Whitehall in 2012 leaving this production facility / iconic landmark empty.
The buildings consist of the charmingly brutal octagonal concrete office building fronting Wellington St with, and to the rear the production facility which is now stripped of the machinery.
English Heritage said in February 2013 the buildings would not be listed owing to the tight integration of the architecture with the building’s use for printing, and the loss of that use diminished “its ability to demonstrate its original function” and had “impacted on the integrity of the building”.
Designed by John Madin, a stalwart of the brutalist Architectural movement in the UK from the 1950's onwards. His practice was responsible for a lot of the mucky, neglected concrete buildings that populated Birmingham until a great many were recently demolished.
It was excellent to have a roam around in here and I'd been wanting to do so for a while. There were a great many empty office spaces although the Archives and photography department held loads of ancient bits and pieces which made for pleasurable rummaging.
A Few photos all shot hand held at ISO 1billion with added HangoverShake™
This office was echoey and full of old football programmes.
Quite evidently millions of these little record cards detailing headlines from each section of the paper from each day from the beginning of time.
Copies of the "Leeds Intelligencer" as the paper was called reet back in the olden days.
Production & Maintenance.
Thanks for looking in on this slice of Leeds now about to disappear.