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Google’s King’s Cross London office HQ delayed until at least 2017

The ambitious new £650m London office headquarters of Google is set to be delayed by as many as three years it has emerged.

The Internet giant’s plans for a huge new building at King’s Cross first hit a creative stumbling block in November last year, but  the firm responsible for the work, BAM Construct, has now warned building work will be pushed back to at least 2017.

BAM Construct chief executive, Graham Cash, said: “We were delighted to have been selected as preferred bidder for Google’s new Headquarters in King’s Cross.

“It is disappointing – from our point of view – that the building has now been delayed to at least 2017 as Google has asked its concept architects to go back to the drawing board.”

The office build was given the go ahead in September last year by Camden Council planners with work set to start this year.

But, with Google announcing in the November it was going to scrap the design as it ‘challenged’ itself to do ”something even better’, those plans have since been put on hold. Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is still responsible for the new office design however.

Once constructed Google’s new London office will offer 950,000 sq ft of London office space as well as housing 5,000 staff members.

A spokesperson for Google said: “King’s Cross is our future home in London. As we raise our ambitions on what we can achieve in King’s Cross, this will inevitably take some additional time.”

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