Google 'to move its central London offices to King's Cross'
Google will move its current central London offices at Buckingham Palace Road to new premises on wasteland behind King's Cross station when its lease expires in four years.

An exclusive report from the London Evening Standard reveals that Google has chosen to establish its UK headquarters at the King's Cross Central scheme and is currently preparing planning permission for its new site.

Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has been appointed to design 725,000 sq ft of space for Google's new London offices and facilities.

The newspaper claims the search engine giant will lease its new base, rather than buy it outright, with the offices spread over five buildings to the south-east of the 67-acre development.

Google will keep its seven-storey Tech City UK hub, which it announced last year would provide flexible working space for start-up enterprises. Tech City UK itself had more than 600 companies operating out of it as of November 2011.

Once the King's Cross Central scheme is completed, it will provide 23 refurbished and new buildings of central London offices. These will all be Grade A and total 3.4 million sq ft.

Businesses can take space ranging from 20,000 sq ft to 380,000 sq ft, with the facilities designed to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating of at least 'Excellent'. The scheme also enjoys a new postcode, N1C.

The plans include up to 2,000 new homes, with 950 of these set to be sold on the market or available for rent. The rest will be affordable housing targeted at local residents, while 650 student units are planned, with the first stage earmarked for completion in the middle of 2013.

Up to 500,000 sq ft of retail facilities will also be available for companies and will add to the 90,000 sq ft of new catering and retail space at St Pancras International Station.

Posted by John Evans

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