Plans approved for new Google HQ
The ambitious plans for the construction of the London headquarters of one of the biggest technology firms on the planet have been approved by Camden Council.Set to house as many as 5,000 members of staff once completed, the new facility - dubbed Project Queen - is set to cost approximately £300 million and will offer an array of innovative features to staff working at the site in the future.These quirky additions - something the internet giant is renowned for - will include a full-scale Olympic swimming pool and running track on the roof.It will be situated in King's Cross in the heart of London, with BAM Construction having secured construction rights for the scheme and is set to get underway in earnest from early next year.Once complete, the premises will be one of the largest operated by Google outside of its Googleplex corporate headquarters in California.Director of architect AHMM 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."Delivering upwards of one million sq ft of commercial premises for the company, the new building is to be housed on a 2.4-acre site that cost the search firm £650 million, bringing the overall value of the new development close to £1 billion in all.In addition, the project includes the construction of a number of smaller premises across the park, all of which will serve to meet the present and future needs of staff at Google in the UK and the local community.Indeed, Dan Cobley, Google UK's managing director, told the BBC: "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."
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