After two years of construction the Yorkshire Evening Post building on Wellington Street was nearing completion.
Designed by architect John Madin, it was one of many imposing brutalist buildings, including the nearby Leeds international swimming pool, to pop up around the city in the 1960s and 1970s.
Madin stated that concrete was the chosen material as it was “inexpensive and easy to use”. Opened by Prince Charles in 1970, the site was home to the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post for 42 years until owners Johnston Press put it up for sale and relocated staff to new offices at Number 1 Leeds on neighbouring Whitehall Road in 2012. The main building was demolished in April 2014, leaving behind the famous clock tower which will be restored. In October plans were revealed to turn the five-acre site into a mixed use development.