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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
  • 2 Minute Read
  • 06th March 2012

Google to leave their eccentric Victoria office space in favour of a spot in the new King’s Cross development

Currently situated in one of the London has ever seen, technology giant Google has just signed to move its headquarters from its current location in to when the current lease expires in 2016.

The large expanse of wasteland behind King’s Cross Station is to be redeveloped and will house 700 flats as well as a whole host of new shops and bars. This includes a chic new restaurant in place of an existing gymnasium used in the 1866 London Olympic Games and originally built by the German gymnastic team in 1865.

Sainsbury’s supermarket has also expressed an interest in gaining a presence on the site, although they have so far been unsuccessful in offloading their current lease.

Google’s current London headquarters far excels any other office space in the area with its inclusion of facilities such as a slide, a games room, a recording studio, sofas, Starship Enterprise themed corridors, deck chairs, a rowing boat and walls comprised entirely of white boards.

Office space in Google's current Victoria headquartersConduct your meetings from the comfort of a sofaForget the conventional staircase, Google have installed a slide!

Google seriously considered , or the new Olympics media centre in , but US bosses of the company favoured the King’s Cross development as the new headquarters.

Their new plans are currently being outlaid in a planning application and Google have just completed an exclusivity agreement with Argent – the King’s Cross developer who is advised by property agents DTZ and Savills. Google, advised by CBRE, have also commissioned architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to come up with a design for the 725,000 .

Google will lease five buildings in the midst of the development and will be situated to the north of King’s Cross Station, benefitting from fantastic transport links and putting them next to Central St Martins, BNP Paribas and Camden Council who also occupy space in this 67-acre project.

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