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Google submits plans for new £600m King's Cross HQ

Google has submitted long-awaited plans for its new £600m London headquarters at King’s Cross. 

Sitting just north of the main line station, the £1bn project – known as the Zone A Building – will provide 80,819 sq m of space for the internet giant on developer Argent’s flagship regeneration site.

Plans for the new development have an estimated construction value of more than £600m, with £400m for the shell and core and around £200m for the fit-out.

Lendlease was confirmed as main contractor on the project in February, fending off competition from Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine. 

The delivery team behind the scheme, which has been on the drawing board in various guises for more than five years, includes BDP as executive architect and landscape specialists Gillespies. 

The huge office scheme was effectively put on hold in November 2013 after Google asked for AHMM’s consented scheme to be redesigned.

Heatherwick Studio and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) were subsequently brought in to come up with a new concept for the same site.

Both BIG and Heatherwick Studio are also working on Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California. The pair described the King’s Cross scheme as a “Silicon Valley startup garage meets the London train sheds”.

Submitted as a reserved matters application to Camden Council this week, the King’s Cross project rises in height from seven to 11 storeys and will house more than 4,000 staff.

The building will sit on a ‘plinth’ of shops, punctuated by office entrances running along King’s Boulevard.

As well as a three-lane 25 m-long pool, the building will feature a huge landscaped roof including a 200 m running and walking track.

Google’s staff are currently spread across offices in Covent Garden and Victoria, and the new offices will bring them together under one roof.

The tech giant already has a presence at the King’s Cross redevelopment site, having taken space inside 6 Pancras Square – a building designed by Wilmotte & Associes and fitted out by AHMM. 

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