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Google Asks For Redesign Of Proposed Kings Cross London Office Space

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Work on Google’s new London office space is set to be delayed by up to a year, after the search giant asked its architects for a redesign.

Located in Kings Cross, planning permission for the project had been granted two months ago (September).

However, Google has reportedly stated that it wants Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) to draw up a new set of plans – which it wants to ‘push the boundaries’ of office space design.

The original project was set to provide around 93,000 sq metres of London office space, and was set to cost around £650 million.

Providing planning permission for the redesign gets granted, it will be completed – ready for staff at Google’s existing headquarters to move into – by 2017. The initially proposed building was set to be completed and opened in late 2016.

Speaking about the decision to turn back on the original design, Google stated: “We have a great plan for the new building at Kings Cross but we want to challenge ourselves to do something even better for Google, Kings Cross and for the local community.”

AHMM has declined to comment.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership, David Clementi, said: “We fully understand Google’s reasons for reviewing their requirements at Kings Cross and we look forward to working with them to create the headquarters that they aspire to.”

By: Kirsty MacGregor

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