Google recently unveiled its massive plans for its very trendy new £1billion London headquarters that is longer than the Shard is high.
Google unveiled its final plans for its luxury £1billion UK headquarters, which will feature sleep pods, sports pitches and a rooftop field with a 200 metre running track to ensure health and wellbeing for up to 7,000 employees.
The tech giant’s 870,000 square foot building planned for Kings Cross in London will be the first office Google has designed for itself outside of California.
Google has submitted plans for approval to Camden Council, two years after boss Larry Page ordered previous extravagant proposals to be discarded because they were too boring.
The building was redesigned by US-Danish architect BIG and Heatherwick Studio after the tech giant parted ways with previous architect AHMM.
The building is described as the ‘groundscraper’ because it will be as long as the Shard is tall. According to designers, it will be one of the best places to work in the world.
The building is set to include a massive playground, a half Olympic sized swimming pool, wellness and fitness centre with a gym and a huge indoor sports hall for football and basketball.
Its remarkable 300 metre long landscaped roof terrace will have fields, gardens, meadows’ and a rooftop café which will provide free food and drink to allow Google employees to take a break and relax.
Inside, the open plan office will have ‘pause areas’ surrounded by greenery and ‘living walls’ – and sleeping pods if staff need a nap or stay overnight after a busy day.
An events centre will also be used by Google for product launches, talks, presentations and events. Google also anticipates the space to be used by technology-focused organisations and community groups or charities.
Google currently has three main offices in central London – two close to Victoria station and the other near Covent Garden.
Joe Borrett, director of real estate and construction, said: “We are excited to be able to bring our London Googlers together in one campus, with a new purpose-built building that we’ve developed from the ground up.”
“Our offices and facilities play a key part in shaping the Google culture, which is one of the reasons we are known for being amongst the best places to work in the industry”.