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News International London

NI Wapping Development in east London, England – design by Amanda Levete Architects

6 Sep 2011

News International Development Wapping

News International put Wapping site up for sale

Since the demise of the News of the World newspaper and the surrounding controversy in the UK it looked likely that this project might be in trouble. It is now reported that News International will abandon this design by Amanda Levete Architects and relocate their headquarters elsewhere.

News International moved from Fleet Street to Wapping in 1986. The motivation for the relocation was to defeat the print unions. The Wapping site is 15 acres in size. News International titles include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

17 Nov 2009

News International Wapping

News International Granted Planning Permission to
Transform Historic Wapping Site

News International welcomes the decision by the Tower Hamlets Strategic Development Committee granting planning permission for the re-modelling of the main building at its historic site in Wapping.

The planning permission marks an important step in the process to bring new life to the Wapping site.

News International London News International Building
renders from Amanda Levete Architects

When completed, the building will represent a unique and modern working environment bringing News International, Harper Collins, MySpace, Dow Jones, Fox and all related businesses under one roof for the first time.

The plans aim also to regenerate the local area, opening up the site through the creation of publicly accessible walkways and new public spaces, including a restaurant. They will also bring new life to the whole area, providing for over 4,300 jobs that will include apprenticeships and internship schemes for residents of Tower Hamlets.

In addition, the re-modelled building sets new standards in working environments and sustainability, exceeding all GLA guidelines.

The re-modelled building has been designed by Amanda Levete Architects. The proposal for the building includes a 33m 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.

News International will now begin the next phase of design work.

News International London image / information from Amanda Levete Architects




At 20-acres the site is one of the largest developments in London with considerable transformative potential both for News Corporation and for the local community. The existing industrial environment is being re-worked to create a world class media campus, bringing together all News Corporation’s UK operations including The Times, Sunday Times, News of the World and the Sun newspapers, Dow Jones, Harper Collins, MySpace and 20th Century Fox.

News International London
render from architects

The proposal for the building includes a spectacular 18m high atrium carved out of the original print works. Great swathes of light are cut into the building and puncture the space with a series of atria along the main circulation paths to maximize natural day lighting and ventilation. Opening up the building in this way creates a greater interaction with the public realm. Designed to enhance the creative energy of News Corporation, the campus will set new standards in working environments and sustainability and it will be one of the largest naturally ventilated office buildings in the UK.

The site is being opened up through demolition of the perimeter walls and the creation of public walkways. A new entrance at the east end of the site to be shared with Tobacco Dock will provide access to a museum, restaurants, retail units and other public spaces. Pending planning permission work will start on site in 2010 and complete in 2013.

News International London – Building Information

Client: News Corporation Ltd
Lead Architect: Amanda Levete Architects
Principal: Amanda Levete
Directors: Kwamina Monney, Ho-Yin Ng
Project Team: Katie Newall, Liz Ferguson, Fredrick Pitmann,
Gidon Fuehrer, Ciriaco Castro Diez, Steven Jones, David Flynn,
Filippo Prevatali, Gemma Douglas, Taneli Mansik,
Maximilano Arrocet, Manuel Irsara, Matthew Wilkinson, Cyril Manyara
John O’Mara, Alan Dempsey, Andreas Groh, Ralph Eikelberg,
Andreas Schon, Henning Dehn, Donald Carson, Kwon Jung Sung,
Eugene Lee, Sarah Samoy, Adam Holloway

Program: Multimedia Headquarters; Offices, Restaurant, Museum / Archive, Potential retail space for local businesses

Area – building: 98,595 sqm
Project Manager: Savant
Cost Consultant: Savant
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Acoustic Consultant: Arup
Planning Consultant: DP9
Landscape Architect: Gross Max
Heritage Consultant: Dan Cruickshank
Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
Work Place Consultant: Pringle Brandon
Start on site: 2010
Completion: 2013


Amanda Levete Architects were selected to lead the project. Arup were appointed to manage engineering and sustainability. Gross Max are landscape architects for the project.
In September 2008 News Corporation opted to remain at its historic Wapping site and create an innovative campus to house its entire UK operations. The titles which will eventually operate from Wapping include:

– The Times
– The Sun
– News of the World
– the london paper
– Dow Jones
– Harper Collins
– 20th Century Fox
– MySpace

News International London image / information from Amanda Levete Architects

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Location: Wapping, London, England, UK

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News International Limited publishes The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World. In terms of growth, share, circulation and reader engagement, the Company’s titles are among the world’s most successful. NewsPrinters Ltd prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state-of-the-art printing plants. Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement and The News International group has investments in property search-engine and fashion website

In 2007, News International Ltd became the UK’s first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets.

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