Silicon Valley meets London train sheds in BIG and Heatherwick’s new Google UK HQ

Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick will join forces to design Google’s new London headquarters at King’s Cross..

Google’s headquarters will occupy a 330m stretch of land between Regent’s Canal and King’s Cross station

The ten-storey block will be Google’s first purpose-built building outside America, where the duo is already at work on the company’s Californian HQ.

“From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King’s Cross has been extraordinary,” said Bjarke Ingels (pictured right) and Thomas Heatherwick (pictured left), who are yet to unveil their designs for the site.

“Rather than impose a universal style on Google’s buildings in the UK and the USA, we have tried to create an interestingness that fits the scale and the community of King’s Cross.

“The Silicon Valley startup garage meets the London train sheds in a building that couples clarity with eccentricity and anchors innovation with heritage.”

The company will axe its existing PENSON-designed premises in Covent Garden and offices designed by Scott Brownrigg designed in Victoria.

“Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us,” said Google chief executive Sundar Pichai. “We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”

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