Post & Mail on the move
Birmingham newspapers to return to heart of city
THE Birmingham Post is moving back to where it belongs in the heart of the Second City. This newspaper – along with its sister titles the Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury – is to move to a new base at Embassy House in Church Street, in the city’s Colmore business district.
Journalists will transfer from the current Fort Dunlop headquarters where the they have been based since 2008.
It will be only the fourth home in a century for the newspapers which were based in Cannon Street and New Street until 1964.
They then moved to the custombuilt Post & Mail House in Colmore Circus in 1964 before the move out to the iconic Fort Dunlop building besides the M6 in 2008.
The relocation to Embassy House by the end of the year will place the papers closer to the business and retail districts and burgeoning nighttime economy which have seen unprecedented growth in recent years.
“This move has been long overdue,” said Birmingham Post and Mail editor-in-chief Marc Reeves.
“It will enable our journalists to spend more time on the beat, gath- ering stories and meeting contacts. Birmingham, and in particular the city centre, has seen huge growth in recent years so it’s great to know we will be back in the core of the action and better able to cover the key news events affecting our readers.
“It will also help our business teams cement their relationships with advertisers and enable them to reach their key audiences through our print and digital products and events.
“Our industry-leading online growth has transformed the Post & Mail into a true digital media business.
“Alongside the office move, we are also planning some innovative and ground-breaking changes to our online presence which will see us leading the way for regional publishers in the UK.”
Embassy House has a heritage dating back to 1899 but now boasts a modern glass-walled tower and state-of-the-art offices.
It rubs shoulders with Michelinstarred Purnell’s, the restaurant owned and run by top chef Glynn Purnell next door to the office’s Cornwall Street frontage.
Situated at the heart of Birmingham’s commercial hub, Embassy House benefits from its location within the business district – an area that is already home to over 500 companies.
Birmingham Post & Mail editor-in-chief Marc Reeves outside the new office at Embassy House, in Church Street