WE’RE on the move! After more than 40 years based at The News Centre, your favourite daily newspaper is setting up a new home in the area’s premier business spot, 1000 Lakeside.
Our current Hilsea base – where we have been producing papers since August 1969 – is in a privileged spot at the top end of Portsea Island beside one of the main routes in and out of the city.
But the rigours of the last 43 years and the changing face of our business mean that it is no longer fit for purpose.
As a modern-thinking and forward-looking media operation we feel the time is right to find a new News Centre – and the former IBM base in North Harbour fits the bill perfectly.
It will see us joining the likes of The Southern Co-operative, Market Makers, Verisona, Coffin Mew and Capita at the thriving business hub off Western Avenue.
The move will see us maintain a ground-floor presence through our own front counter and shop service for all readers and customers.
With easy access to 1000 Lakeside and ample parking, all our over-the-counter services provided at The News Centre will still be readily available.
All our editorial, advertising, newspaper sales and finance and IT support teams will be on the third floor.
Our printing operation will stay on site at Hilsea and we remain committed for the pages of The News to continue to roll off these presses.
Karl Dimmock, MD of Johnston Press South – our parent company – said: ‘This is an exciting move for everybody associated with The News.
‘We remain a vital part of life in the local community and this short move from Hilsea to Lakeside demonstrates that we are committed to remaining that way in the future.
‘Within the last six months we have relaunched the newspaper, launched The News as a tablet app on Apple and Android and redesigned our website.
‘As a dynamic, forward-thinking business we want to be working within a dynamic, forward-thinking office environment – and that is what Lakeside provides.’
1000 Lakeside is owned and managed by Highcross and is on the Lakeside North Harbour business park, adjacent to Junction 12 of the M27.
It provides high-specification office space and wide-ranging facilities including a cafe, meeting rooms, spectacular atrium, extensive car parking and complimentary shuttle bus service.
Highcross’ plans for the business park ultimately comprise around one million square feet of new development, including more office buildings alongside the lake.
The new retail and lifestyle hub in the park’s Central Square is almost fully occupied, with The Southern Co-operative, Starbucks, dry cleaners and a hair salon now open. A new Porsche retail centre opened at the eastern edge of the business park last summer and a 3.1-acre site has been sold to the De Vere Group for a new resort hotel.
Nick Turner, asset management director at Highcross, said: ‘We are delighted by The News’ decision to move its operations to 1000 Lakeside.
‘The paper plays an important role in the city’s business community and its new location at the heart of Lakeside North Harbour reflects the success and dynamism of the business park and adds another dimension to the breadth of companies already here.
‘With around 30,000sq ft in new lettings agreed since the beginning of the year, our 1000 Lakeside office building is now 88 per cent occupied, and we are also seeing positive interest in our exciting new-build office opportunities at the park.’
‘WE’RE COMMITTED TO BEING AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY...’
When The News was born in 1877 it was printed in a disused slaughterhouse behind a former butcher’s shop in Arundel Street, Landport.
Many of our most long-established readers will remember our old city centre headquarters in Stanhope Road, from where we moved to Hilsea.
Editor Mark Waldron said: ‘We pride ourselves in being fully immersed in our local community – providing readers with the most comprehensive coverage of local news, sport, information and entertainment and providing local businesses with the best possible means of reaching those readers.
‘Wherever we are based we remain committed to standing up for our local communities while also celebrating all that is good about local life.
‘While it will be a wrench to leave behind many happy memories from our time at the News Centre, our staff will certainly enjoy working from our new base. And I hope that all our readers and local businesses see this move as a bold statement that we’re staying embedded in our news heartland and showing our commitment to being around for many, many more years to come.’