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Google have lodged updated plans to Camden Council regarding its £1 Billion Kings Cross campus building. The new plans are to include new play facilities such as a five-a-side football pitch, swimming pool and a 200-metre running trail.

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The headquarters will allow the recruitment of more employees, or “Googlers” starting with 4,500 employees; combined with their other two London offices, which they are keeping in operation, they can potentially house 7,000 employees in London.

Top quality facilities

The plans suggest that the building will comprise of the very best facilities, similar to an expensive hotel, to “ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and foster the innovation and creativity that defines the organisation”. Facilities include a 300m long landscaped roof terrace, a “trim trail” for runners and a rooftop terrace café.

The building is designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Danish Bjarke Ingels Group and will also contain some shops on the bottom floor as well as a centre to be used for the launching of products and various events.

Show of faith in the UK

The proposal will be seen as a big positive as it shows that Google is still committed to London’s HQ after it leaves the bloc. Argent, who led the regeneration of Kings Cross, will also be delighted at the news.

The aim of this new office is to bring the “Googlers” together and from London will plan to tackle fake news by sending trainers to newsrooms to teach journalists how to use tools to verify videos and photos legitimacy.

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