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Inside Google's upcoming London headquarters

Last updated on: November 08, 2013 14:30 IST

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Google offers its employees probably the best working conditions. The search engine giant is now constructing a new headquarters in London that will have a swimming pool, a running track, and all other amenities that adorn its offices worldwide.

Recently, the company received approval from the local government for one million square foot office in King’s Cross, which is touted as a campus within a building.

Let’s take a look at Google’s upcoming UK headquarters and the facilities it will offer to its employees.

Courtesy: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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The architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has developed high quality, sustainable design concepts for the new Google headquarters that will provide a dynamic and flexible working environment for employees. It is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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The new UK headquarters will consolidate work from Google’s other offices in London. The company already has one office at Victoria and the other one at Holborn. About 5,000 workers will use the building.

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The 1-million-sq-ft office will be developed on 2.4 acres of land between Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.

This was one of the biggest commercial property purchases in the UK. According to media reports, the company will spend over $1 billion to buy and develop the site.

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The new office boasts of an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall, and a roof garden.

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About 16 stores will also be built on the ground floor of the new building. Kings Cross Central will own the shops as part of the deal with Google.

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It will be one of the internet giant's largest offices outside its so-called Googleplex corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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The new Google site is expected to include a 20,000 square feet area for bike parking, about the size of seven tennis courts, and a climbing wall between floors, according to Reuters.

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Employees can cycle straight in to these rooms, which are equipped with showers and lockers.

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The company's offices are famous for perks like gourmet food, bowling alleys, roof gardens, high-tech gyms and on-site medical staff and massages. The new office is expected to have all of these.

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The inside spaces in the building will be flexible and can be reconfigured as and when needed. The meeting rooms and play rooms, all of it can be changed swiftly.

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According to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Google's new workplace is organised around a “looped three-dimensional promenade” that wraps its way along, through and up the building's six to ten office floors. It connects cycling ramps, cores, workstations, major shared amenities, terraces and a large roof garden.

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The internet giant is a prized tenant for the landlords and its presence is expected to draw other technology companies to King's Cross - especially small start-ups - and help bump up rents.

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While on the rooftop garden, the employees can see the trains entering and leaving Kings Cross station. The building is also surrounded by Guardian’s office and is located in close proximity to The British Library.

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Google has traditionally leased its overseas offices but in the last few years it has purchased premises in Paris, Dublin, and now London.

Some feel that it could be due to taxation issues. Google has huge pile of tax it earned out of its business in different countries. To take this cash back to the use will attract huge tax. That’s why, Google is buying properties for its offices rather than renting it.


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