The project

This project involved the design and construction of the purpose built 11-storey structure as a new headquarters for Google, the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the US.

The new steel-framed, structurally glazed building is being developed from the ground up and will contribute to the Knowledge Quarter and King’s Cross’s growing knowledge-based economy. The completed building’s width will vary from 60m-wide to the north to just 20m-wide to the south over its 330m length and will provide c.650,000 square feet of office space, including the roof structure which will accommodate a garden area, amenity space, a multi-use games area and a 25m pool. The structure is being developed around five concrete cores containing lift shafts, from which the floors of the frame attach and carry a proportion of the overall weight. The frame also incorporates over-arching roof trusses which, via a series of hangers, carry the weight of the extremities of each level of the structure.

Location

King’s Cross, London

Client

Google UK

Contract manager

Lendlease Construction (Europe)

Engineer

ATK II

Architect

Bjarke Ingels Group/ Heatherwick Studio

Tonnage

16,441

Completion date

June 2021