BDOnline have released the first building renders for Google’s new UK headquarters which will be located in London’s Kings Cross. Google bought the 2.4 acre piece of land last year for a whopping £1bn, and would consist of a seven and eleven storey complex. When Google first bought the land it was thought that the building would be completed by 2016, although according to the latest reports by BDOnline, this date has now been moved forward to 2017.
Matt Brittin, vice-president for northern and central Europe at Google, said last year when they first bought the land: “This is a big investment by Google, we’re committing further to the UK – where computing and the web were invented. It’s good news for Google, for London and for the UK.”
Simon Allford, director of AHMM, said: “This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty-first century working environment for Google’s staff. The architectural approach, which has taken inspiration from King’s Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, complements the local area’s strong industrial heritage and will be a building London can be proud of.”
Much of the internal structure will be constructed using steel framing with cross laminated timber panels – a first for a contemporary building of this scale. The aspiration is to achieve Breeam ‘Outstanding’ and Leed ‘Platinum’ ratings and deliver an overall carbon saving of 40%.
Once the building is completed it will allow the two existing Google offices in London to merge into one, relocating from their current premises in Victoria and Holborn.
The images below are the first initial renders for the proposed Google headquarters in the UK, and were designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) who have designing prestigious buildings for over 20 years. The designs are still yet to be approved by Camden council, and if/when they are, building is expected to be completed by 2017
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