Render of Google's Kings Cross HQ

Work on Google's upcoming London headquarters has been put on hold as the search giant went back to the drawing board to put together an even more ambitious project. BAM Construct, the contractor selected for the construction, revealed that the launch of the building has been pushed back to "at least 2017."

London's Camden Council green-lit the construction for the 950,000 sq. ft. King's Cross site in September, but Google went back to the drawing board in November with architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, stating that it wants the design of the building to be as "ambitious as possible."

The decision to revisit the design of the London headquarters is said to be motivated by a desire to match the design of the search giant's upcoming 1.1 million square foot Mountain View, California headquarters. Google hasn't provided a timeframe as to when the London HQ will be finished, but has provided a statement saying that the design change will take time.

King's Cross is our future home in London. As we raise our ambitions on what we can achieve in King's Cross, this will inevitably take some additional time.

Source: City AM, Via: Engadget


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Google London HQ redesign pushes opening back to 2017

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Sounds attractive on paper to have a HQ in a new redevelopment area close to a mainline train terminus and underground station in North East of 'Central' London. I couldn't think of a worse area to access. Camden Council are money hungry and wallowing in its fees to its very wealthy, very poor or very central residents and visitors.
The area has been struggling to cope with passenger numbers and traffic for decades. I would even suggest cycling in that area is tantamount to a death wish. I have had to drive through or divert around the area a lot again recently. I don't know what the staffing figures will be but its money badly spent. There are other areas of London with far greater accessibility and escape routes. Good luck, Google. Maybe take a look at the traffic red lines on your maps at any time before 10pm. Oh wait, too late.

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