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Saturday19 August 2017

Google's third King's Cross building wins planning

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Mossessian Architecture gets green light as BIG dodges ‘speculation’ over £650m AHMM job

Mossessian Architecture has won planning for a new office for Google at King’s Cross.

It is one of a pair of offices designed by the Anglo-French architect overlooking Lewis Cubitt Park. The two buildings are part of the next phase of the King’s Cross masterplan.

It came after a report in the Evening Standard repeating “rumours” that BIG could be poised to replace AHMM on the design of Google’s £650 million UK headquarters, also at King’s Cross. The tech giant pulled the consented project in 2013, and sent AHMM back to the drawing board.

Bjarke Ingels refused to comment, saying: “I can’t talk about any of that.” Industry insiders dismissed the Standard’s story as “speculation”. Google declined to comment.

Mossessian’s Building S2 is 11 storeys and contains 17,000sq m of open-plan office space above a ground floor filled with retail. Inset balconies are a feature of every office level and there is a landscaped roof terrace.

The Google office will be separated from S2’s slightly smaller, currently unlet neighbour, S1, by a passageway leading to an open space containing restaurants.

Joe Borrett, a director in Google’s property division, said: “This achievement further cements Google’s expansion in King’s Cross and that Google sees King’s Cross as its future home for Google London.”

The tech giant, which will occupy the whole building, has already taken the 50,000sq m of space in Wilmotte & Associes-designed 6 Pancras Square at the other end of the King’s Cross development next to buildings by David Chipperfield and Allies & Morrison.

 

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