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US insiders tip BIG to replace Foster on World Trade Centre scheme

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Foster + Partners could be about to lose its grip on its much-anticipated 2 World Trade Centre project, according to reports in the US

The Wall Street Journal, is tipping Danish star Bjarke Ingels and his practice BIG to take over the long-awaited 260,000m² office scheme in New York.

The reports come just days after Rupert Murdoch’s companies News Corporation and 21st Century Fox were rumoured to be looking to move to the unrealised 79-storey tower - potentially occupying half the new building (AJ 20.04.15).

According to an earlier article in the New York Times, the two companies had spent months in talks with the scheme’s backers Silverstein Properties and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about the deal which would kickstart the construction of the unbuilt skyscraper.

The newspaper, also hinted that the existing design - which dates back to 2006 - could be altered to accommodate television studios and that a separate architect may be recruited to complete any redesign.

Only the foundations and enabling work has been carried out on the Foster + Partners’ tower, which sits within Daniel Libeskind’s World Trade Centre masterplan, and little has been done on site since 2008.

Located at 200 Greenwich St, the tower features a diamond-shaped summit and cruciform plan containing four 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 Centre – opened in November last year.

BIG and Foster + Partners both refused to comment.

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