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Google's King's Cross headquarters plans unveiled

Google has submitted plans for its £650m UK headquarters in King’s Cross to Camden Council.

Work is due to start early in 2014, with completion scheduled to be completed by late 2016 through to 2017.

Construction News revealed in March that Bam Construct had clinched the £300m contract for the project, fending off competition from Carillion, Skanska, and Balfour Beatty.

Bam Construct is one of the three principal contractors for King’s Cross, alongside Carillion and Kier.

Kier failed to make the original shortlist of four for the £300m deal, but was subsequently awarded an £18m contract to redevelop the Midland Goods Shed at King’s Cross for supermarket chain Waitrose.

The 1m sq ft office features 725,000 sq ft of office space and 50,000 sq ft of retail space at ground level.

It ranges from seven storeys at the south end close to the station, to 11 at the northern end overlooking Regent’s Canal.

The new building will house all London-based Google staff, who will relocate from Holborn and Victoria.

The building is expected to create 1,500 construction jobs, with 35,000 people working in the new development when it is completed.

Google UK managing director Dan Cobley said: “Building our new headquarters in King’s Cross is good for Google and good for London. We’re committed to the UK and to playing a role in the regeneration of this historic area.”

Google’s purchase of the 2.4-acre plot was confirmed in January after lengthy talks throughout last year.

Architect AHMM has been working on the plans for nearly two years.

AHMM director Simon Allford said: “This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty-first century working environment for Google’s staff.

“The architectural approach, which has taken inspiration from King’s Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, complements the local area’s strong industrial heritage and will be a building London can be proud of.”

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