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Google’s plans for King’s Cross London office revealed for first time

The grandiose plans for Internet giant Google’s new London office have been unveiled for the first time.

Based on a 2.4-acre plot of land, the King’s Cross construction project is set to cost more than £1bn by the time it is complete. It will also be the first time Google has committed to building work on a London office, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, from scratch.

The search engine firm currently operates in the UK capital from its Holborn and Victoria offices, but will look to consolidate them at the new Kings Cross Central development upon its completion.

In total, is is expected the new 725,000 sq ft of London office space will be able to house more than 4,500 Google staff members, although at present, the firm actually only has 2,000 staff based at its two London premises. The new building will also feature 50,000 sq of shop space.

The building has been designed by London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and is set to stand 11-storeys in height.

Google UK managing director, Dan Cobley, said: “Building our new headquarters in King’s Cross is good for Google and good for London.

“We’re committed to the UK and to playing a role in the regeneration of this historic area.”

Construction work on the site is set to begin later this year and Google expects to fully relocate to the complex in 2017.

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