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Google Office Building King’s Cross

KX London Commercial Development design by Mossessian Architecture architects, England, UK

2 Mar 2016

Google Office Building in King’s Cross

Design: Mossessian Architecture, architects

Google’s Office Building in London King’s Cross

UK studio Mossessian Architecture’s 11-storey office building for Google in London’s King’s Cross has received planning permission by Camden Council.

The S2 building for the tech company will be located behind Central Saint Martins arts college, reports Dezeen.

Mossessian Architecture’s design features a large roof terrace complete with views over London, and is expected to be completed by 2017 at the earliest.

Google Office Building in King's Cross

Although it is unclear at what Google will use the building for, or how many staff will be based there, Techworld reports that the company has agreed a 15-year lease for S2 at around £55 per square foot.

“We are very excited to be moving forward with a successful planning permission for S2, a Mossessian Architecture and Argent development building,” said Joe Borrett, Google’s director of real estate and construction in a statement. “This achievement further cements Google’s expansion in King’s Cross and that Google sees King’s Cross as its future home for Google London.”

In January 2013, Google announced its intentions to build a new £1 billion UK headquarters in the area by 2016, although building work for this property is yet to begin.

Architects AHMM submitted plans for the company’s headquarters in 2013, but reports in 2015 stated Google was considering scrapping the London-based firm’s design after CEO Larry Page allegedly branded the scheme “boring”.

British designer Thomas Heatherwick was then rumoured to be working on the project.

Despite the delay of the headquarters, Google has been quietly begun occupying several other plots in the King’s Cross area.
DeepMind, an artificial intelligence startup acquired by Google in 2014, has an office at 7 Pancras Square in King’s Cross that accommodates over 150 people.

The tech giant has also taken out a lease on the neighbouring 6 Pancras Square building — and is due to start moving in up to 4,000 people within the next few months.

Google’s current office in Covent Garden was designed by PENSON, while its Victoria headquarters building design was by architects Scott Brownrigg.

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