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AHMM wins planning for £650m Google HQ

Blossoming big hitter AHMM has won planning permission for Google’s £650 million headquarters building in King’s Cross, London

Camden Council unanimously approved the huge 93,000m² development, which will bring together all of the search engine giant’s London staff under one roof, at a planning committee meeting last night (5 September).

The latest addition to Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration vision ranges in height from seven to eleven storeys and features 68,000m² of office space and 4,600m² of retail.

The scheme is planned to open in late 2016,

Yestertday AHMM also won the go-ahead for the redevelopment of 207-211 Old Street for developer Helical Bar. The project will remodel three existing buildings and create 26,000m² of office space and extra shops.

The 250-strong practice has seen its turnover and staff grow nearly 40 per cent over the last 12 months and, earlier this year, the outfit burst into the AJ100 top ten for the first time in its history (AJ 08.05.2013).

AHMM’s co-founder Simon Allford said: ‘Thursday was a big night for the very many of us involved in two major projects for Google and Helical/Crosstree on the roundabout at Old Street.

A very good night all round that went on into the evening

‘Courtesy of a black cab and serendipitous scheduling by Camden and Islington’s planning committees I was able attend both meetings to see both projects unanimously approved. So a very good night all round that went on into the evening. Both projects were programmed to move ahead in the hope of consent so, thankfully, no change at AHMM as we press on to site.’

The practice is working on a clutch of much-anticipated projects around the capital, including the redevelopment of BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush and the reworking of the former Guardian building in Farringdon Road.

Previous story (AJ 28.06.2013)

AHMM submits Google HQ plans

[First look + plans] AHMM has submitted a reserved matters planning application for a new £650 million Google’s headquarters building in King’s Cross, London

Planned to open in late 2016, the 93,000m² development will house all of the search engine giant’s London staff – currently based in Victoria and Holborn – under one roof.

Submitted to local authority Camden Council, the project is the latest addition to Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration vision which won outline planning seven years ago.  

The mixed-use proposal ranges from seven to eleven storeys and features 68,000m² of office space and 4,600m² of retail.

Simon Allford, director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, said: ‘This building is underpinned by cutting edge design intelligence and technologies to provide a sophisticated twenty first century working environment for Google’s staff.

‘The architectural approach, which has taken inspiration from King’s Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, complements the local area’s strong industrial heritage and will be a building London can be proud of.’

Google UK’s managing director Dan Cobley said: ‘Building our new headquarters in King’s Cross is good for Google and good for London. We’re committed to the UK and to playing a role in the regeneration of this historic area.’

David Partridge, director of Argent King’s Cross, said: ‘This project is hugely important for King’s Cross and underlines our commitment to support world class design. It will attract further investment into the wider area and act as a catalyst for the local economy and the community which we are building.’

The one hectare project is planned to start on site in early 2014 subject to planning.


Project data

Architects: AHMM
Location: King’s Cross, London
Type Of Project: Headquarters
Structural Engineers: Watermans
Project Architect: AHMM
Design Team: Tbc
Client: Google
Funding: Private
Tender date: Tbc
Start on site date: Q1 2014
Contract duration: Occupation Q2 2016
Gross internal floor area: 1,000,000 sq ft
Form of contract and/or procurement: Two stage design and build
Total cost: £650 million
M&E consultant: Hilson Moran
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon
Planning supervisor: ECAL
Lighting consultant: GIA Equation
Main contractor: Tbc
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Tbc
Annual co2 emissions: Tbc









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