VIDEO: Old Chad building is finally bulldozed

Five decades of newspaper history came crashing to the ground this week as demolition workers moved onto the site of the old Chad office.

The building on Newgate Lane has stood empty since August last year when Chad moved to its brand new home on Sherwood Oaks Business Park on Southwell Road West.

The derelict building, which was beyond repair, had been fenced off in recent months but has still attracted thieves and vandals.

The site, with attached car park, has since been snapped up by the Newgate Lodge nursing home next door, with plans to build a 34-bed extension.

And work finally got underway today, Tuesday 8th July, as heavy bulldozing machinery was brought in to tear the building down.

However, clearing the site will take days.

Assistant Chad editor Ashley Booker said: “Although we have been away from the Newgate Lane office for nearly a year, it was still quite sad to see demolition work begin on the old building.

“Although it was not fit for purpose towards the end, a lot of great people and great stories came out of there.”

Chad first moved from its home on Westgate in 1974, still under the ownership of Mansfield-based W&J Linney Ltd.

It was bought by Johnston Press in 1995.

But with the advent of modern-day methods in newspaper production - including the loss of the printing press on site - the building on Newgate Lane became too large for the current staffing levels.