Tech giant Google has broken ground on its new headquarters in London, which will be the company’s first wholly-owned building outside the US.
Stretching parallel to the platforms of London King’s Cross railway station, the 870,000 sq ft building will be constructed with an investment of around $1.3bn.
The 11-story tower will feature open-plan office spaces and a running track and a rooftop garden. It will also include a ‘wellness centre’ that will feature gyms, massage rooms, a narrow swimming pool and multi-use indoor sports pitch.
Once operational, the new HQ as well as the existing building at 6 Pancras Square and a third office space will create a new Google campus, which can house to 7,000 Google employees.
Google and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said: “We’re proud of our investment here and work hard to ensure Google can act as the growth engine for businesses and individuals to thrive.”
“The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can't help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London,” said Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, which designed the new HQ.