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Wapping sell-off spikes Amanda Levete redevelopment plans

Plans by Amanda Levete Architects to re-model News International’s headquarters have been derailed by a decision to sell the east London site

The company which owns The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers announced yesterday that major plans to redevelop the 6 hectare site had been scrapped due to ‘current market conditions’.

In 2009 Amanda Levete won planning permission to remodel the company’s main building as part of plans to create a new campus for the company which would house the offices of  News International, Harper Collins, MySpace, Dow Jones and Fox.

The sale of News International’s home for the past 25 years could raise between £150 million and £200 million it has been estimated, with a residential redevelopment scheme expected to be mooted.

In 2009 the majority of News International’s workforce was relocated to nearby Thomas More Square as part of plans for the redevelopment. The remaining staff will move to the building by the end of the year.

Amanda Levete’s project featured a 33m-high atrium, a restaurant, museum and publicly accessible walkways.

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