UK firm plans for Google’s new London HQ

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London-based office Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has applied for planning permission to construct the new Google headquarters in London’s Kings Cross.

The design features a steel-framed structure consisting of cross-laminated timber panels. Intending to reference the painted metalwork of the neighbouring railways stations, the firm decided to use bold primary colours to be picked out on the exposed steel members.

“This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty-first century working environment for Google staff,” said AHMM director, Simon Allford.

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He continued: “The architectural approach, which has taken inspiration from King’s Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, complements the local area’s strong heritage and will be a building London can be proud of.”

Shops, cafes and restaurants are planned to occupy the ground floor with a garden designed for the roof top.

Construction of the building will start at the beginning of next year with completion date planned for 2017.

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