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Lendlease confirmed for Google HQ contract

Lendlease has been formally named as the main contractor for Google’s new London HQ.

The search giant said the contractor would deliver the King’s Cross building to accommodate 4,000 Google employees.

Construction News reported in January that Lendlease was expected to win the scheme, thought to be worth in the region of £600m, ahead of Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McApline.

Google EMEA director of real estate and construction Joe Borrett said: “Lendlease emerged from a rigorous selection process as the best choice as our construction partner at King’s Cross because we felt it shared many of our own values: a desire to challenge industry norms; a focus on innovation; and a highly collaborative approach.”

The original plan to build a new HQ for Google was put on hold in November 2013 after the firm rejected initial designs by architect AHMM. 

Bam Construct had been appointed as main contractor for that scheme in March 2013 in a deal worth £300m.

The construction works for the revised plan are thought to consist of in the region of £400m for the shell and core and about £200m for fit-out of the building.

The HQ, which will house workers who are currently split between Covent Garden and Victoria offices, has been designed by Heatherwick Studios and BIG in collaboration with BDP.

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