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January 18, 2013

Google to build £1bn headquarters in London

Construction expected to complete in 2016

By CBR Staff Writer

Google is planning to construct a new £1bn UK headquarters on a 2.4 acre site, at King’s Cross Central in London.

Designed by the UK-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the one million square foot building will range between 7 to 11 storeys high. The building is expected to be ready in 2016.

After completion of the construction, 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. Google acquired the site from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to develop the headquarters.

Google vice-president for northern and central Europe Matt Brittin said: "This is a big investment by Google. We’re committing further to the UK, where computing and the web were invented."

The new headquarters will join the company’s other international facilities purchased by it in Paris and Dublin in the past two years. Until those moves and now the King’s Cross purchase, Google had leased most of its offices.

Last year, UK lawmakers criticised Google and other companies for using complex accounting methods to avoid taxes in the UK.

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