Google's KGX1 campus is taking shape at King's Cross. Construction of the huge one million sq ft building designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Danish architects BIG is now well advanced. Topping is expected later this year with completion by 2024.
Despite delays during the pandemic, the company says that it is confident it is on track for the next milestone.
New detailed designs submitted this week with Camden Council reveal a long parade of retail units “with a mix of established and growing brands” as well as a “market hall” for small businesses. There will also be “a community, education and event space" that will host a changing programme of events all year round.
The building stretches 300 metres alongside railway lines south of the Regent’s Canal. The plans show a 25-metre swimming pool, a 200-metre rooftop running trail and a large sports hall with views over London.
In 2021 Google decided to expand its presence in London as part of a plan to increase its UK workforce to 10,000 people. In 2022 it then acquired the Central Saint Giles development next to Tottenham Court Road station for £730 million.