News Corporation is to create a new campus for its U.K. businesses on its historic Wapping site, bringing together News International, Harper Collins, MySpace, Dow Jones, Fox and related businesses under one roof for the first time. The intention is to complete the project in 2012.
The 20-acre central London site, where News International is now based, was chosen because it provides the company room to expand and the opportunity to design a bold and innovative campus. News International’s move to Wapping in 1986 helped transform the newspaper industry. This next exciting phase will see Wapping become home to some of the leading media brands in the world, spanning newspapers, television, film, book publishing and internet.
The project aims to set the standard for media organisations across the world. While each company will retain its distinct identity and culture, the new campus will provide a unique working environment for thousands of talented people. It will offer the opportunity for greater communication and interaction between our businesses and greater commercial opportunities for clients and partners.
News Corporation will work closely with Tower Hamlets Borough Council and local organisations, communicating and consulting throughout the project. The company will bring a greater number of employees and a range of media organisations to the area, who in turn will contribute even further to the community. By 2012 the capital will be hosting the Olympics and Wapping will have become a gateway to the whole of a regenerated East London.
The company has selected one of the world’s most innovative architects, Future Systems, to lead the project and Arup has been appointed to manage engineering and sustainability. Pringle Brandon has been appointed to do space planning and Savant will provide quantity surveying support. Programme management support will be provided by Corporate Property Advisers (CPA).
James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia, News Corp, said: “Throughout our history, News Corporation has challenged conventions and we hope this building will provide benefits to the business that can’t be found in traditional commercial real estate. Wapping is not only important as a physical site, but also it is a symbol of how bold individuals, working together, can advance the world of media and thereby contribute to life in Britain. We have chosen to create an exciting campus that is flexible, environmentally sustainable and where colleagues can do the best work of their lives.”
News International moved to Wapping in 1986. The company comprises four national titles – The Sun, The Times, News of the World and The Sunday Times – the free London newspaper, thelondonpaper, and a number of related businesses.
The presses at Wapping were decommissioned in early 2008 after production moved to the company’s new print site at Broxbourne.