The countdown began this week for the County Times’ move to state of the art offices in the heart of Horsham.
As the title continues to develop both its newspapers and its wide range of 24/7 digital news services a new enlarged newsroom was vital.
Springfield House in the centre of the town, will enable the County Times, and its sister titles, to remain at the forefront of local news, information, and advertising, in a fast-changing technological age.
A major employer in Horsham, the County Times remains committed to the town but needed to create a pioneering print and digital environment for the next stage in its growth - which couldn’t be accommodated within its current historic buildings which comprise a network of small rooms.
Editor In Chief Gary Shipton said: “The County Times continues to invest heavily in its news services and thanks to its superb website and robust print titles delivers a huge audience in the Horsham District.
“Earlier this year, we transformed the Horsham Advertiser into the Weekend Herald series offering advertisers an unprecedented 60,000 print copies per week into homes and businesses across the Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex areas.
“At the same time, the County Times newspaper gets even better. We have fine-tuned the design of the pages to make them even easier to read, and this year added a weekly pull-out leisure magazine WOW24/7 as well as a monthly business supplement.
“With the move will come more additions such as a weekly nostalgia pull-out as well.
“All this combined with our market-leading property guide makes the County Times exceptional value for money.
“But the real challenge, as our on-line audience grows extraordinarily quickly, is to ensure that we have a newsroom equipped to exceed their expectations too. That is why this move is so important.
“Being first with the local news is what we are all about. That was exemplified only this weekend with our detailed and comprehensive coverage of the county council election results.”
Springfield House is located in a high profile point at the junction of Albion Way with Springfield Road, adjacent to the town centre and the Swan Walk Shopping Centre.
The County Times expects to move there at the end of this month, although a precise date along with full contact details will be confirmed closer to the time.