Internet search engine Google is planning to build a new £1bn UK headquarters on a 2.4-acre site at King’s Cross Central in London.
Designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the 1 million ft² building will range between seven and 11 storeys in height and is expected to complete in 2016.
Upon completion, the building will feature a range of shops and cafes and restaurants. Google’s employees will relocate from current offices in Victoria and Holborn.
Construction on the headquarters is expected to start in late 2013 after receiving approval from Camden Council in the UK.
Google has acquired the site from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to develop the headquarters.
The new headquarters will face One and Two Pancras Square, two office buildings which are currently being built by KCCLP.
Pancras Square will also be home to the new headquarters of BNP Paribas Real Estate, a new office building for Camden Council featuring a customer contact centre, public sport and leisure facilities and office space.
KCCLP chairman David Clementi said, "With One and Two Pancras Square under construction, providing around 200,000 square feet of grade A flexible space, we expect to make further announcements of new lettings at King’s Cross soon."
Property firm Argent will be developer of the new headquarters while property advisers for the project were John Forrester of DTZ for KCCLP and Simon Calvert of CBRE for Google UK.
Argent director of King’s Cross David Partridge said, "This is clearly a major step in delivering our vision for King’s Cross and will provide a catalyst for developing the next phase of this unique 67-acre central London location, which will create around 35,000 jobs and deliver over 1,900 new homes."
Image: Google’s new UK headquarters will be built on a 2.4-acre site at King Cross Central in London. Photo: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.