THE Telegraph & Argus is to move to new offices in Bradford, leaving its city centre site.

The newspaper firm’s operations are to relocate from one historic building to another near the M606, which was once the clubhouse of West Bowling Golf Club.

In addition to taking on part of the newly-restored Grade II-listed Newhall on Rooley Lane, the T&A is taking the last remaining unit of storage and distribution space at the adjacent nano park.

A sale has also been agreed in respect of the T&A’s long-time home at Hall Ings. It is expected that operations, including editorial, advertising and distribution, will move across by the end of May this year. A flexible city centre base will also be retained for some reporting staff.

T&A editor Nigel Burton said: “This will continue to give the T&A a prominent home in the city of Bradford as we continue to serve the people of the district. It will also see us make the move from one historic building to another.

“Although we leave Hall Ings with many fond memories, our new home marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the T&A."

Both Newhall and the nano park have been developed by Bradford company Frank Marshall Estates.

The building, dating back to 1672, has been refurbished and is now split into two wings. Frank Marshall Estates themselves are based in the East Wing and the T&A will take 2,075 sq ft of office space in the West Wing.

Edward Marshall said: “The Telegraph & Argus has been serving the Bradford region with distinction for more than 150 years. It is a West Yorkshire institution. We are proud – and honoured – to have such a prestigious tenant as our neighbours at Newhall.

“We love our offices here at Newhall and we are confident that the T&A will as well. We feel very much part of the Bradford community and I know how important that is for a newspaper like the T&A. They need to be connected to their readers.

“New Hall is a tremendous building, which had fallen on hard times, and we are proud that it is our new home. We have invested in excess of £500,000 in its regeneration and it has been restored to the highest of standards.

“The offices at Newhall are a mixture of old and new, of cutting edge office space with a wonderful historical ambience. I feel that reflects the T&A, a traditional newspaper which has adapted brilliantly to the challenges of the 21st century.”

“We have had several people interested in the building but we wanted to hold out for a real Bradford tenant and I believe we have ended up with the best we could ever have hoped for.”