For the first time in almost 50 years today’s Evening Express has been produced from offices in the heart of Aberdeen.
Journalists yesterday started work at the new Aberdeen Journals headquarters inside the Marischal Square development.
The move from the Lang Stracht back into the city centre is a historic one for the Evening Express and our sister paper The Press and Journal.
From 1894 until 1970 the newspapers were based in Broad Street, on the site of the current council chambers.
Journalists from the Evening Express and P&J made the move over the weekend and in the coming weeks other departments will leave the Mastrick building for the £107 million state-of-the-art development.
As well as moving our offices back to the city centre, readers will also be able to place notices, pay for ads, buy merchandise and book holidays at a new Aberdeen Journals shop opening soon on Upperkirkgate.
Aberdeen Journals – part of DC Thomson Media – has taken residence of the top floor of 1 Marischal Square, which will be home to more than 200 staff from editorial, digital, advertising, newspaper sales, marketing and commercial.
Mike Watson, chief executive Officer of DC Thomson Media, said: “We’re thrilled to be moving the Aberdeen team into state-of-the-art office space in the heart of the city.
“This move will provide the teams with a brilliant environment to work in, just a stone’s throw from the old Aberdeen Journals office on Broad Street.
“Our investment in this space cements our commitment to Aberdeen and the papers that serve the city.”
Alan McCabe, editor-in-chief at DC Thomson evening newspapers, said: “We’re delighted to be producing the Evening Express and The Press and Journal from our fantastic new home in the heart of Aberdeen.
“Virtually everyone who has set foot in the new office has been bowled over and that’s down to the vision and hard work of Fiona Adam and her team at Covell Matthews and the fit-out team at Transform who’ve done an outstanding job, designing and creating such an amazing space for us.
“We wanted somewhere that would inspire our teams and reflect the way Aberdeen Journals has changed from a traditional publisher to a modern, multimedia company – and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.”
The offices have been fitted out in sleek contemporary style with quirky touches such as meeting booths fitted out as train carriages.
Project architect Fiona Adam said: “The long history of the Journals in the north-east afforded us excellent design opportunities to include local references within the artwork timeline of Fittie, Dunnottar and Balmoral Castles and footballing legend Willie Miller.
“Covell Matthews Architects have been delighted to have been involved in the delivery of the new office for Aberdeen Journals. It has been a hugely enjoyable and fun project working with such a terrific client, contractor and design team.”
Other companies which have already moved into the building include Mackie’s, Costa, All Bar One and Marriott International, Tony Macaroni and Prezzo.
Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Scotland will also make the move from its current home in the West End to Marischal Square this month.
NHS National Services Scotland began talks in April to fit out part of the fourth floor of 1 Marischal Square.