Internet search engine Google has secured approval from Camden Council in the UK for its new £650m UK headquarters at King’s Cross Central in London.
Designed by architects Allford Hall and Monaghan Morris, the one million ft² building will range between seven and 11 storeys high.
After completion, the building will feature 725,000ft² of office space and 50,000ft² of retail space at ground level for a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.
The new building will consolidate work from the company’s two other facilities in London.
Google acquired the site from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to develop the headquarters.
The new building will feature 16 retail stores on the ground floor with King’s Cross Central retaining ownership of the stores as part of the agreement with Google.
Plans also include two basement levels totalling 7,235m² featuring loading bays, four disabled parking spaces, refuse storage, plant and utilities.
The roof areas will feature amenity terraces, a running track, a swimming pool and two additional cafes.
Steel framing with cross laminated timber panels will be used in the internal structure of the facility.
The new headquarters will face One and Two Pancras Square, two office buildings which are currently being built by KCCLP.
Construction work on the new building is anticipated to begin in early 2014 and will be completed by late 2016/early 2017.
Image: Google’s new UK headquarters will be constructed at King Cross Central in London. Photo: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.