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July 1, 2013

Google submits plans for new London headquarters

The new building will merge Google's London operations into a single building, replacing existing offices in Holborn and Victoria.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has submitted a planning application to the Camden Council in the UK to build a new £650m UK headquarters at King’s Cross Central in London.

The new one million ft² building is designed by architects Allford Hall and Monaghan Morris and ranges between seven and 11 storeys in height.

The tower will be 330m high and will be taller than 310m tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, the Shard tower.

Features of the new building will include 725,000ft² of office space, 50,000ft² of retail space at ground level, several shops and cafes and restaurants.

The new UK headquarters will merge Google’s London operations into a single building, which would replace existing offices in Holborn and Victoria.

Google acquired the site from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to build the new headquarters.

Construction on the project is expected to start in early 2014 and be completed by late 2016 through to 2017.

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Google UK managing director, Dan Cobley, said building the company’s new headquarters in King’s Cross is good for the company and London.

"We’re committed to the UK and to playing a role in the regeneration of this historic area," Cobley said.

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