‘Fortress Wapping’ goes on show in bid to integrate back into community

Public consultations begin on Saturday for the proposed London Dock development to reintegrate Murdoch’s former News International ‘Fortress Wapping’ complex back into the community.

An exhibition of plans for homes, offices, shops, restaurants and open spaces is being staged by developers St George Central London who bought the 15-acre site in May.

“We want to hear people’s views and collaborate with the community,” pledged St George’s managing director Nick Hutchings. “The development will reintegrate the site into the community as a place to live and work.”

Murdoch surrounded the complex with high walls and barbed wire for his newspaper empire when he moved his News of the World, Sun, Times and Sunday Times from Fleet Street in the 1980s, which led to stiff trade union opposition and violent demonstrations and clashes with police.

But more than three decades have passed. News International finally quit Wapping when it sold the site three months ago to St George’s.

The exhibition opens at Pennington Street Warehouse, off The Highway, on Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Monday 1-8pm, Tuesday 11-6pm and Wednesday 1-6pm.

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