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Murdoch deal could resurrect Foster’s World Trade Centre tower

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A deal with media companies owned by Rupert Murdoch could see Norman Foster’s 2 World Trade Centre project finally start on site

News Corporation and 21st Century Fox – both owned by the high-profile media mogul – are reportedly in negotiations about occupying half of the long-awaited 260,000m² office tower.

First revealed in 2006 and originally planned to complete in 2011, the 79-storey tower is the only project on Daniel Libeskind’s World Trade Centre masterplan which has yet to begin construction in earnest - although foundation work has been carried out.

According to the New York Times, the two companies have spent months in talks with the scheme’s backers Silverstein Properties and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about a possible move to the landmark building.

The existing design may however be altered to accommodate television studios and, according to the newspaper, a separate architect may also be recruited to complete any redesign.

Located at 200 Greenwich St, the tower features a diamond-shaped summit and cruciform plan containing 4 blocks of offices.

Richard Rogers 3 World Trade Centre nearby was put on hold three years ago after reaching seven stories high but is now on track to complete in 2017.

The centrepiece of the reconstruction project – the 104-storey 1 World Trade Center – opened in November last year.

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