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Google London office with rooftop pool and running track approved

Sam Shead | Sept. 9, 2013
The new facility will accommodate over 5,000 Googlers

Google's £650 million UK headquarters in London, complete with a rooftop swimming pool and running track, has been approved by Camden Council.

A Camden Council spokesperson told Techworld that the borough's Development and Control Committee unanimously approved Google's 85,000 square foot facility last night.

The Californian internet giant will now build the office on a 2.4-acre site capable of housing an army of 5,000 Googlers, over the next two to three years.

According to a filing to Camden Council, a "significant proportion of the 5,000-plus staff would be new jobs". Google will also relocate some of its staff currently based in leased offices in Victoria and near the Tottenham Court Road tube station.

Google's "groundscraper" will only be up to 11 storeys high but at 330m in length, it will be as long as the Shard is tall.

It will also be home to various gyms, "wellness" facilities and a multi-use-games-area (Muga). Meanwhile, 16 new shops will open on the ground floor but these will be owned by King's Cross Central LP.

Construction is due to begin at the end of the year and the tech goliath expects to move into the space in late 2016.

Google is already renowned for giving its employees a number of perks, including free meals and time out of the office to work on solo projects.

Several people working in London's tech scene now consider King's Cross to be within the boundaries of Tech City, including outgoing deputy CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation, Benjamin Southworth, and founder of Innovation Warehouse, Ami Shpiro.

 

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