Internet search giant Google has confirmed its purchase of 2.4 acres at the 67-acre King’s Cross development to build its 1 million sq ft UK headquarters, in a boost for developer Argent after drawn-out talks throughout last year.
Construction is set to start this year pending approval from Camden council and is due to be finished in 2016.
Argent has generally stuck to three contractors on existing King’s Cross projects – Bam, Carillion and Kier – but Google may opt for a different firm to build its UK flagship office.
The planned building will range in height from seven to 11 storeys. It was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris architects and will sit above retail units comprising shops, cafes and restaurants.
The construction plot, known as Zone A, is situated immediately north of the new concourse at King’s Cross station, east of King’s Boulevard and south of the Regent’s Canal.
Google’s acquisition means that 4.5 million sq ft of the total 8 million sq ft of the commercial space at King’s Cross – more than 50 per cent – is now completed or committed.
The property advisers were John Forrester of DTZ for land owner King’s Cross Central and Simon Calvert of CBRE for Google UK. Savills and DTZ act as joint agents for KCCLP.