Boris gives thumbs down to Murdoch Wapping plans


London Mayor Boris Johnson has expressed concerns at the existing proposal for the remodeling of News International’s headquarters. The newspaper publishing group is the British arm of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp.

The plans would see the 900,000 square foot site redeveloped to make it more accessible to the public and to include a museum, restaurants and retail outlets. The new building would be one of the largest naturally-ventilated office spaces in the UK.

However, in a report to Tower Hamlets council, Johnson argued for alterations in terms of transport, biodiversity and climate change before the plans could be approved.

Key to his report was the requirement for greater access to nature, since the building is located in a so-called ‘area of deficiency’ and the current plans represent a missed opportunity to improve this. He also asked for greater funding for buses to the site.