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Friday01 August 2014

AHMM's Google mega-project in for planning

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Building will rise to 11 storeys at its highest point

AHMM has submitted its plans for a giant new HQ for Google at King’s Cross in London.

The scheme, which stretches 330m in length, includes one building rising to 11 storeys.

Simon Allford, director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, said: “This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty first century working environment for Google’s staff.

“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.”

The building has been designed to encourage walking between floors and a large proportion of the roof area will be dedicated to gardens.

Much of the internal structure will be constructed using steel framing with cross laminated timber panels - a first for a contemporary building of this scale. The aspiration is to achieve Breeam ‘Outstanding’ and Leed ‘Platinum’ ratings and deliver an overall carbon saving of 40%.

If Camden council approves the plans work is scheduled to start on site next year and will complete fully in 2017.

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  • Industrial heritage for sure...all hail the latest mass-produced construction monstrosity!

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  • I'm confused, how can a company that never makes any profits afford to build an 11 storey building in the centre of London?

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  • You certainly won't have any problem searching for that!

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  • I thought AHMM were better than that. Its not awful, but it doesnt appear to be to the same standard as some of their other projects.

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  • I am thinking the CGI's for this could be better and help sell the scheme a bit more. Not sure what I think of this overall to be honest. Nothing special.

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  • keenplanner

    Underwhelmed. Maybe it looks better when seen through Google Glasses

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  • Who would have thought a company whose UK operations are so unprofitable they barely make any taxable profit, could still afford to build a new 11-storey building?

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  • I'd have expected a lot better than this from AHMM.

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  • Looks like this had 3 designers

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  • Mike Duriez

    Brutalism is definitively coming back.

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