By Neal Keeling
Five years ago, the Grade II-listed building underwent a refurbishment worth millions of pounds.
Manchester has lost one of its most famous landmarks. The Express Building, a Grade II-listed building on Great Ancoats Street, has had its front painted red.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that they received a report of the vandalism at 7:40am this morning and are currently investigating. The police said that their investigation is “at a very early stage”. As yet, there are no clues as to the identity of those responsible for vandalism or why.
The building, which was once the Daily Express’s headquarters, played a major role in “the other Fleet Street” that existed at one time. The building opened in 1939, with its Art-Deco style, curves and black glass. The paper’s London and Glasgow offices also had similar designs. It was created by Sir Own Williams, an engineer.
Upper floors housed reporters, editors and staff while the basement was occupied by presses. The “Crystal Palace” was given listed status by the British in 1974.
It was an active newspaper for 50 years before 1989, when the press closed and the newsrooms were shut down. Building was exchanged many times, and it was vacant for years.
Real estate consultant OBI Property received consent in 2018 to refurbish the 81,000 square foot building. This six-storey structure has been home to businesses in a variety of industries, such as those involved with the digital, tech and creative scene.
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