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BDP joins Heatherwick and BIG on Google's King's Cross job

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AJ100 practice BDP has been appointed to work alongside Heatherwick Studio and BIG on Google’s delayed King’s Cross headquarters project

The company, which was bought this month by Japanese engineering giant Nippon Koei, is understood to have seen off a shortlist of major UK-based commercial big hitters to land a role on the £650 million job.

Last year the AJ revealed that Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the original architect on the prize commission for the internet giant, was to be replaced on the scheme by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio and Bjarke Ingel’s practice (AJ 15.06.16).

AHMM had initially been sent back to the drawing board after being told by the technology giant that it wanted a ‘more ambitious’ design than the one it had won planning for back in September 2013. Despite coming up with new designs, the practice recently confirmed it was no longer working on the project, though it continues to deliver schemes for Google elsewhere in London and Berlin. 

Heatherwick and BIG are already collaborating with Google on its Mountain View headquarters campus in California and last week revealed reworked designs for the site (AJ 18.03.16).

Argent, the developer which is leading the redevelopment of the north London site, would not comment on the appointment.

BDP also refused to comment.

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