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Google HQ designs unveiled

The latest architectural plans for the new London headquarters of global IT giant Google have been unveiled.

Proposals put forward by architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) outline the layout and structural design of the new one million sq ft premises, which is to be built in King's Cross and will see the firm moving staff from their present accommodation in Holborn and Victoria.

Standing at 330 metres in height and residing on a 2.4-acre site, the new £300 million structure will be one of the company's largest headquarters outside of its base in California.

It will be a marvel of glass and steel, featuring massive glass windows and open plan offices, creating a feeling of drawing the outside in for those who work there.

Consisting of 11 storeys - which include plans for the creation of up to 50,000 sq ft of prime retail space at its base - the new building is also expected to include a 20,000 sq ft area for bike parking and a climbing wall between floors - drawing on the company's ethos of innovation and fun in the workplace.

Google was founded by Stanford University graduates Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 and has since gone on to become one of the largest internet search and technology businesses in the world, officially becoming a publicly-listed enterprise on the US NASDAQ stock exchange in August 2004.

Construction of the new London headquarters will be carried out by developer BAM and is earmarked to get underway early next year, with an initial deadline for completion set for late 2016.

AHMM director Simon Allford said: "The architectural approach, which has taken inspiration from King's Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, complements the local area's strong industrial heritage and will be a building London can be proud of."

He added the building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and aims to be a property that delivers a 21st century working environment for Google's staff in the future. 

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