Oldham Chronicle building up for sale

The former offices of the Oldham Evening Chronicle have been made available for sale through Lambert Smith Hampton.

The building, on the junction of Rhodes Bank and Union Street in the town centre, is made up of 33,100 sq ft of office space across four storeys, plus a former printing hall located in a single-storey extension.

In the latest sign of the difficulties facing the publishing industry, the newspaper ceased publication at the end of August after its parent company Hirst, Kidd & Rennie went into administration.

The building is located at the south east end of the town centre, close to the proposed £60m Prince’s Gate scheme – from which M&S pulled out of an agreement to occupy a 51,000 sq ft store a year ago – and between the Oldham Central and Oldham Mumps Metrolink stops.

Paul Parker, associate director at LSH, said: “The Oldham Evening Chronicle has been a mainstay of the town for generations and its offices were well known to most people in the area.

“It stands adjacent to another local landmark site – the former YMCA building on Prince Street – and the area is primed for redevelopment. We are pleased to be bringing such iconic local properties to the market and we anticipate a great deal of interest given its proximity to a major new development scheme and the regional transport network.”

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This is very sad. I remember as a child going to the Chrons office to put announcements in it with my Mother.People had great local pride then.There was a distinct smell and very efficient women who worked there. This is a sad day for Oldham.

By Elephant

Surprised Ian Scott at LSH has not proposed a big PRS scheme there!

By The Old Faithful

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