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Google Puts Off London Based Headquarters For At Least A Few Years

May 15, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Google has been working on plans for a new London based headquarters at Kings Cross, but word is that they’ll be putting the project on hold for a little while and are anticipating the new building to take at least a few years(2017 and beyond) before it’ll be finished. This new London headquarters is literally massive, and just to put things in perspective, Google’s main headquarters in Moutain View California is 1.1 million square feet, while the plans for this new building in London see the headquarters spanning 950,000 square feet of space, giving Google a large workspace that is almost as big as their home. We suppose this means that daily tea and crumpets will have to be put on hold as well. All jokes aside, we wonder what kinds of food they’ll have on hand and if it will have any sort of UK cuisine influence. The possibilities could be endless there as Google usually likes to put out a veritable spread for their employees.

The new building is said to cost £650 million according to the company who is heading up the contracting, known as BAM Construct. If you have ever been inside or seen images of the inside of Google’s headquarters in any location, they have a certain flare to them, we’ll just refer to the design as having a level of Googlyness about it, one that could only be achieved by tapping into ones inner Google. The architects that Google have put on the job(Allford Hall Monaghan Morris) are said to be going back to the drawing board and redoing their efforts in an attempt to make the building even more spectacular.

Although Google might have been looking forward to getting this new HQ project off the ground and running as soon as possible, they seem to want things to be really rather awesome and have no trouble waiting until things are just right. With that said, Google and its team of architects apparently want to be as “ambitious as possible”, so they seem to have no exact time constraints for when the design of the building should be done either. We expect we’ll be seeing some rather big things once everything is finished, but like we said above that’s at least a good few years away.