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Heatherwick and BIG to take over from AHMM on Google job

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Heatherwick Studio and BIG could be set to takeover from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Google’s delayed King’s Cross HQ

It is understood the stars, which are already working together on Google’s California campus, are set to come up with new designs for the search engine giant’s London headquarters.

The reworked scheme could see a variant of the duo’s US proposal of ‘lightweight block-like structures’ brought to the UK.

AHMM had already been sent back to the drawing board on its £1 billion scheme, 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.

Delays on the project were blamed for a number of ‘frustrated and exasperated’ staff leaving the AJ120 firm.

It is believed the burgeoning big hitter, which had more than 50 architects working on the job at one time, was never given a rigid client brief but told to draw up ‘what they thought could be achieved’.

The internet giant has refused to confirm a start date either with the architects, or with King’s Cross developer Argent, which sold Google their site on a 999-year lease for more than £550 million in 2012.

AHMM’s Simon Allford, didn’t confirm the situation at King’s Cross, but said: ‘We are busy with Google [on other sites] at King’s Cross and indeed are looking at projects with Google in Berlin and elsewhere.’

However, according to sources close to the project,  it is believed AHMM would be unlikely to remain on the King’s Cross headquarters scheme should the BIG and Heatherwick designs move forward.

Previous story (AJ 02.05.14)

AHMM’s Google HQ designs delayed

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