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Internet giant Google to move its London office to Kings Cross

Internet giant Google is set to move its London office to King Cross following a staggering £1bn property deal.

The search engine firm plans to move staff members across from its Holborn and Victoria offices following the completion of the new London office space located in Kings Cross Central development.

The firm has purchased a 2.4 acre at the former fish, coal and goods yard, and is planning to build two buildings there; A seven storey office block and an 11 storey one.

The new headquarters will be designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The site in Kings Cross Central development itself spans across 67 acres and, once completed, will feature a number of offices as well as shops and homes.

Google vice president for northern and central Europe, Matt Brittin, said the move was a big investment on the part of Google.

He said: “We’re committing further to the UK, where computing and the web were invented.”

In the past, the firm has typically leased its overseas offices away from its Mountain View, California head office – often known as the Googleplex.

However, in the past two years the firm has invested in property in many parts of Europe including Paris and Dublin.

Building work is set to commence at the end of this year and it is hoped that the work will be completed in 2016.

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