Consented Kings Cross HQ to be entirely redesigned
Google has decided to ditch AHMM’s designs for its Kings Cross headquarters in favour of an even more ambitious scheme.
It has asked the architect to draw up a new design within the original floor plan that will push the boundaries of office design and better fit the needs of the local community, according to a report in Property Week.
A decision to overhaul the project is thought to have been made within the last week. As a result of the change in plans, the building’s completion date is thought to have been moved back from 2016 to 2017.
Google has said it remains committed to the project in the long term.
AHMM took two years to design the original plans, which were revealed in June and featured a roof-top running track and swimming pool. They won planning from Camden Council in September.
At 330m long, the scheme will be a “groundscraper” that would be the length of the Shard if stood on its end — longer than Google’s 220m New York headquarters.
Joe Borrett, head of real estate and construction at Google, said: “We have a great plan for the new building at Kings Cross but we want to challenge ourselves to do something even better for Google, Kings Cross and for the local community.”
AHMM declined to comment.