This week we have revisited King’s Cross to check on the progress of the new Google building, which will become its headquarters. The building, known as KGX1, will combine with Google’s existing offices at 6 Pancras Square and should be completed by 2024.
In 2018 Google started building its new “landscraper” London headquarters in King’s Cross. The structure, designed by Bjarke Ingel Group and Heatherwick Studio, will be longer than The Shard is tall at 312 metres, and will be equipped with a wellness centre, plenty of bike parking, and a roof garden planted with gooseberry and sage.
The building is not only going to be for the Google employees, but alongside the individual retail units, a market hall will offer a launchpad for small businesses. At the same time, a community, education and event space will host a changing programme of events all year round.
‘We want the spaces and experiences we offer to create opportunity for local people and businesses and contribute to the culture of entrepreneurship and vibrancy of the area’
-Ronan Harris, Vice President and MD, Google UK & Ireland
Once completed, it will bring Google’s total number of offices in the area to three. Not to be outdone, Facebook signed a deal in 2018 for 57,000 square metres of office space across three buildings also around King’s Cross.
Other notable arrivals into the King’s Cross area include:
Francis Crick Institute - the largest biomedical research institute in Europe focuses on the biology underlying health and disease.
Universal Music - the record label, one of the big three and Sony and Warner Group, moved here from Kensington in 2018.
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