Google gets green light for King’s Cross HQ

Google has received the green light by Camden Council for the construction of its new £600m London HQ at King’s Cross.

The 11-storey building, designed by Heatherwick Studios and BIG, will be more than one million square feet of which Google will occupy 650,000 sq ft.

It will be the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside of the United States.

Joe Borrett, director of real estate and construction at Google, said: “We’re pleased that our new UK HQ has been approved by Camden and are excited to progress with the next phase of the development, through construction to occupation.

“The Knowledge Quarter in and around King’s Cross is an important centre for innovation and creativity; and we are proud to be able to call it home.”

Speaking about the decision, David Partridge, of King’s Cross Central, said: “We are very pleased that Google’s UK HQ has been given the green light, and the team can now commence construction.

“Exceptional design and innovative engineering have created a fitting home for the Googlers who will enjoy the culture, leisure and public spaces that King’s Cross offers.”

This new building, combined with the current building at 6 Pancras Square and an additional third building, will create a Google campus with the potential to house 7,000 Google employees.