News of the landmark Yorkshire Evening Post building being set for demolition has seen a flood of reaction from readers.
The familiar, grey, concrete clad heart of news, set on a huge 4.75 acre site, is a stalwart of the ever increasing city skyline.
But the typical 1960’s architecture could soon be bulldozed, as a demolition order has been submitted to Leeds City Council.
A sale of the building is expected to be concluded shortly.
YEP readers have slammed the building as “a concrete monstrosity” and “an eyesore,” while others think it is an “architectural gem”.
Nostalgia has been aired for the digital clock and temperature tower, which is passed by thousands of motorists each day, on Leeds Inner Ring Road.
The digital age meant the old building was no longer suitable for producing newspapers, as staff were moved to new offices at nearby No 1 Leeds, at Whitehall Road, last year.
Kevin Grady, director of Leeds Civic Trust, an expert in architecture, said the Trust had visited the empty premises last year.
Dr Grady said: “It was interesting to look around inside. I can see why some people may think of this grey, Brutalist building, so typical of its era from the 60s and 70s, as being ‘ugly’, but its setting next to a major road network, flyover and car park, all make it seem uglier than it is. The building is an iconic structure.
“Inside, ceiling levels are high with interesting spaces. It is similar design to the now demolished Leeds International Pool, the only other structure of this type in the city are at Leeds University, which are listed.”
A host of famous faces have worked at the Wellington Street offices. Among them are Mark Knopfler, a Leeds University student who became a reporter before quitting his job for life as a musician in his band Dire Straits.
Spice Girl Mel B worked briefly for Leeds Weekly News promotions. Presenter and comedian Keith Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, worked in creative design before moving to London.
Paul Fox, of Fox Lloyd Jones, handling the sale for owners Johnston Press, said the site had attracted wide ranging interest.
“We are hopeful of being able to conclude a sale shortly,” he said.
Helen Oldham, managing director of Johnston Press Yorkshire, said: “This is the next, natural progression of the sale process. It’s unlikely that we will commission any demolition work ourselves.”
Built in 1970 and opened by Prince Charles.
Designed in 1968 by architect John Maudin.
English Heritage said it will not be a Listed Building.
Made of concrete which was cheap in the 1960s.
Covers a 4.75 acre site and the buildings cover 220,000 sq ft.
The huge newsroom was fondly known as the ‘concrete bunker’.
When it opened 1,300 staff were employed.