Is Google's leisure-filled £1bn London HQ set for approval?

Google’s proposed £1bn London HQ at King’s Cross, designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, looks set to be recommended for approval by the local council.

According to Construction News, the tech giant’s proposal has convinced planning officers at Camden Council ahead of a formal committee decision next week.

Leisure lies at the heart of the dramatic ‘landscraper’ proposal, revealed in June. It features a vast rooftop garden across multiple storeys; a sports hall; a 200m-long running track for employees; a promenade looking out towards the station; and a wellness centre containing gyms and massage rooms and a swimming pool.

In total, the complex will house more than 1 million square feet (92,000sq m), of which Google will occupy at least 650,000sq ft. It will run in parallel to a number of platforms at the station, dominating the landscape as trains pull into King’s Cross.

Explaining the design for the project, Ingels has previously said: “The new building is rooted in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors.”

The council’s planning report comments that these “gentle varieties and rigorous repetitions in the façade mitigate the intervention of this large new form into the townscape and wider context.”

Construction of the purpose-built 11-storey building – the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the US – is set to begin next year if the green light is approved. The main contractor is Lendlease and executive architects BDP and landscape designers Gillespies are also on the team.

A Google Campus – formed of the new building alongside Wilmotte & Associés’ recently-completed 6 Pancras Square and a forthcoming 11-storey office designed by Mossessian Architecture – could one day house as many as 7,000 company employees.

Google’s King’s Cross project a centrepiece of the wider regeneration taking place in the area, which includes the new German Gymnasium restaurant by Conran and Partners and a forthcoming plaza, also designed by Heatherwick, integrated around two Victorian coal drop buildings.

Both Ingels and Heatherwick Studio are also working on Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California.

Related stories

Google reveals BIG and Heatherwick's leisure-filled design for King's Cross HQ

Google’s proposed £1bn London HQ at King’s Cross, designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, looks set to be recommended for approval by the local council. According to Construction News, the tech giant’s proposal has convinced planning officers at Camden Council ahead of a formal committee decision next week. Leisure lies at the heart of the dramatic ‘landscraper’ proposal, revealed in June. It features a vast rooftop
CLD,PRO,ARC,DES,DEV,INV
In total, the complex will house more than 1 million square feet (92,000sq m), of which Google will occupy 650,000sq ft
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7475     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7475     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Polin Group
Market leader in design, manufacturing and installation of waterslides and water leisure developments.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
Marianne Shillingford
"The technology involved in paint is extraordinary"

Used cleverly, colour has the power to influence how people use the spaces they inhabit, says the creative director of Dulux

Manuelle Gautrand
"The cities where you have good cultural buildings and facilities – it’s a way for people to mix, to share the city in a much deeper way"

The French architect and winner of the 2017 European Prize for Architecture tells us why she is determined to surprise

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
"Funding woes and murky timelines are common problems. It can be easier to make a difference one small project at a time"

From parks designed to mitigate the effects of flooding to warming huts for one of the world’s coldest cities, these projects have been designed for increasingly extreme climates

The views of the mountains take centre stage
"Sam was such a champion for the team, and my goal is simply to carry that same torch"

As Blackberry Mountain resort opens in Tennessee, we find out why the project is a deeply personal one for owner Mary Celeste Beall

The Royal Pool and Spa Suite has a private bio-sauna, steam sauna and jacuzzi
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

cladkit product news
Tino Seubert x Theodora Alfredsdottir lighting collection inspired by mid-century furniture making traditions
The Corrugation Lights were inspired by midcentury and post-war furniture making techniques
London-based designers Tino Seubert and Theodora Alfredsdottir have teamed up to create Corrugation Lights, a lighting collection inspired by midcentury ...
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
cladkit product news
Space Popular creates video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate in South Korea
Gate of Bright Lights was designed to show visitors how screens and digital interfaces have replaced physical objects the gateway between us and the rest of the world.
Lauren Heath-Jones
Multidisciplinary design firm Space Popular has created a video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate at the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, ...
XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
Metalline transforms London hotel with bespoke aluminium fins
The aluminium fins will form the façade of the upcoming Minories Hotel in Aldgate, London
Lauren Heath-Jones
Metalline, an architectural metalwork specialist based in the UK, has created a range of bespoke 3D twisted metal fins for ...
cladkit product news
John Pomp Studios expands Tidal collection
The Eclipse Pendant light was inspired by the lunar eclipse
Lauren Heath-Jones
John Pomp Studios, a design practice based in Philadelphia in the US, has expanded its Tidal collection to include five ...
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
Daniel Svahn creates furniture collection using repurposed table tops
The Goodies But Oldies collection features three pieces made from repurposed MDF table tops
Lauren Heath-Jones
Daniel Svahn, a Stockholm-based furniture designer, has created a new range of sustainable furnishings, made from recycled MDF tabletops. Svahn, ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates