Google delays HQ construction in favour of a more ambitious design
Google has delayed the construction of its £300 million HQ in Kings Cross because it isn’t completely happy with the design the architect has drawn up.
According to constructionenquirer.com, architect AHMM’s original plans included enough space for 5,000 workers; as well as a swimming pool and running track facilities on the roof of the building. However, Google did not think the plans were ambitious enough – so it is holding off its HQ move just so the building can be redesigned.
Unlikely to change architects but plans will have to be resubmitted
A source close to the project told telegraph.co.uk the reason behind the delay:
“There was nothing wrong with the old designs – it would have been a great building – but we just decided to be even more ambitious. We are still completely committed to the project, which is good for Google and good for the UK too.”
Sources also said it was unlikely that Google is going to change architects but plans will have to be resubmitted in order for new permissions to be granted.
Google employees to move into new HQ in 2017
It is not currently known what the new proposal will look like or what will differ from the current building design.
Construction work by BAM Construction was supposed to have begun early next year; with a completion date of 2016. However, it is likely that Google employees won’t get to move into their new HQ until 2017 at the earliest.
Author: Laura Varley Date Written: 05 November 2013