Google selects BIG & Heatherwick

Nick Myall
Thursday 17 Nov 2016

BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios are confirmed as the architects for Google's new Headquarters at Kings Cross in London

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, has confirmed that Google plans to build a new purpose-built building on its King’s Cross campus—the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States. The new building joins a growing Google campus at King’s Cross—the campus will eventually house 7,000 employees across three offices in more than 1m sq ft.  

The ten story, 650,000 sq ft building will be an integral part of Google's rapidly developing community in one of the most exciting parts of London.

"From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King's Cross has been extraordinary. 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.“ Bjarke Ingels & Thomas Heatherwick.

The building will complement Google’s existing commitment to the 67-acre King's Cross Estate. Google will eventually occupy three buildings in the area, including the recently occupied 380,000 sq ft development at 6 Pancras Square, which has desk space for approximately 2,500 Googlers. Construction on a second building that Google will lease began earlier this year, with Google set to take occupancy in 2018.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, said “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. We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”

Nick Myall

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