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Amanda Levete job for Murdoch ‘safe’

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A top secret proposal by Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) for BSkyB will not be derailed by the controversy surrounding its non-executive chairman James Murdoch or the collapsed BSkyB takeover by News Corporation

It is understood AL_A was appointed in March to look at further developments around the recently completed Arup Associates-designed £233 million Harlequin 1 broadcasting centre (pictured bottom) at Sky’s headquarters in Osterley, west London, where the company has been based since 1989.

Levete has previously designed a yacht for Murdoch and has also drawn up plans for a new Wapping headquarters for News International, the Murdochs’ UK newspaper arm.

Despite calls for Murdoch to resign from his position as a result of the phone-hacking scandal, insiders at Sky say the AL_A designs will continue and insist the standalone proposals for the company’s growth were always independent of any potential acquisition (BSkyB bid dropped amid ‘firestorm’) .

A Sky spokesperson: ‘We are in discussions with the London Borough of Hounslow about provisional plans to further redevelop Sky’s main campus in west London. At this stage we are assessing feasibility and no formal applications have yet been submitted.’

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