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Saturday, April 11, 2009

News International Headquarters, London, United Kingdom

News International HQ submitted to Tower Hamlets planning office
Following the announcement of Amanda Levete's first three independent projects since leaving Future Systems, a key London project has now been submitted by her firm to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for planning permission.

News Corporation today announced that submission of plans for the re-modelling of the main building at its historic site in Wapping. The media organisation commissioned Amanda Levete Architects to design the building and worked with planning consultants DP9 to prepare the application.

The HQ is set to lend a united home to News International, Harper Collins, MySpace, Dow Jones, Fox and related businesses for the first time and will help to regenerate the Wapping site, which played a pivotal role in the transformation of the newspaper industry in the 1980s, for the new era.

The local area will also benefit from the scheme by creating publicly accessible walkways and new public space at the eastern end of the site, with a museum, restaurants and retail units.

The re-modelled building is designed to set new standards in working environments and sustainability and will be one of the largest naturally ventilated office buildings in the UK. The proposal for the building includes an 18m high atrium carved out of the original print works with a series of other atria along main circulation paths to maximise natural lighting and ventilation.

Niki May Young
News Editor
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