Google’s ‘land­scraper’ Lon­don HQ

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LON­DON: A rooftop meadow, a run­ning trail, a 25m swim­ming pool and mas­sage rooms; this will be Google’s new £1 bil­lion (R16.4bn) Lon­don head­quar­ters.

The tech­nol­ogy gi­ant hopes to build a “land­scraper” longer than The Shard is tall, com­plete with a games area where staff can play foot­ball in­doors.

Google is known for its wacky of­fices, decked out like teenagers’ bed­rooms or chil­dren’s play­grounds. Now, bosses hope to build a new HQ near King’s Cross sta­tion wor­thy of “last­ing 100 years”.

It will form part of a “cam­pus” for 7 000 Lon­don staff.

How­ever, the show­piece will not be in­side the build­ing, but on its roof. The multi-lay­ered gar­den will host a café, trees and meadow flow­ers and will be home to sum­mer straw­ber­ries, sage and goose­ber­ries.

Google hopes to start con­struc­tion next year.

As well as boast­ing the fa­cil­i­ties of a five-star ho­tel, the 11-storey of­fice is de­signed to be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

So­lar pan­els on the roof will help to power the build­ing. There will be space to park 686 bikes, but just four cars.

Joe Bor­rett, Google’s Euro­pean prop­erty chief, said: “Our of­fices and fa­cil­i­ties play a key part in shap­ing the Google cul­ture, which is one of the rea­sons we are known for be­ing among the best places to work.” – Daily Mail

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