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Facebook opens its new London office



Google has submitted its finished design to Camden Council of its new London Headquarters in King’s Cross, the heart of Central London.

The building dubbed a ‘Landscraper’ will be eleven floors high and the equivalent in length to The Shard building at London Bridge, with an overall land mass totalling 92,000 square metres.

The ‘Landscraper’ will run parallel with King’s Cross railway stations, which means a good transport link is something businesses, especially ‘tech’ companies who not only need the super-cyber highway links offered by London’s superior ultra-fast broadband connections built and maintained by British Telecom (BTplc), but by real-world infrastructure connections such as rail, road, air and sea links both nationally and internationally.  

King’s Cross Railway Station serves rail-links to the major railway stations in the North of England such as Bradford, Doncaster, Newcastle, Peterborough, Sunderland and York. It also links England with Scottish railway stations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow Central and as far as Inverness.     

Right next door is St. Pancras Railway Station that serves rail-links to railway stations like Leicester and services to Luton Airport. But also runs services to Paris, Brussels and also DisneyLand in Paris, France. At various times during the skiing season trains go to the French Alps and in the summer season trains go further afield to Lyon, Marseille and the southern French city of Avignon.  

The ‘Landscraper’ was designed by Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and designers from Heatherwick Studio.

As you would imagine the design will be a more modern futuristic and open planned interior space to encourage creativity and propel Google into more technological advances in computing and the new focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI).  

The 7,000 strong Google staff will enjoy the benefits of an in-house gym and a total of four cafes. There is a rooftop area where certain wild flower gardens will be situated giving a new space to relax while being situated in the heart of London.

To encourage a respect for the environment the building will have solar panels to help source energy to power the equipment and infrastructure within, which will have external motorised timber blinds to keep the over-powering sunlight out throughout the day.

British Designer Tom Heatherwick said in a statement: “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.”  

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement of the firm’s commitment to the UK, enjoying the infrastructure of the British capital city London; as well as the superior computer science drive within the country by the British government and various institutions such as schools and universities.

London has certainly attracted the big tech companies over the years and with the new Facebook office down the road in Oxford Street, things are looking brighter for the digital technology sector.

Google is to build a ‘Landscraper’ office complex in Central London

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