Google has unveiled final plans for its luxury £1billion UK super headquarters with sleep pods, sports pitches and a rooftop ‘field’ with 200metre running track to ensure ‘wellness’ for up to 7,000 staff.
The tech giant’s 870,000 sq ft building planned for Kings Cross in London will be the first office it has designed for itself outside California.
Described as a ‘groundscraper’ because the building will be as long as the Shard is tall – designers say when completed it will be one of the best places to work in the world.
The new office has been likened to a giant playground for staff and has a half Olympic sized swimming pool, ‘wellness and fitness centre’ with a gym and a large indoor sports hall for games of basketball and football.
Its breathtaking 300 metre long landscaped roof terrace will have ‘fields, gardens and meadows’ and a large rooftop cafe providing free food and drink to allow ‘Googlers’ to ‘escape from work’ and ‘relax’.
Inside the open plan office there are ‘pause areas’ surrounded by plants, trees and ‘living walls’ of greenery – and sleeping pods if staff need a nap or stay overnight after a long day.
Google has submitted plans to Camden Council for approval around two years after boss Larry Page ordered previous extravagant proposals be ripped up because they were too boring.
- £1billion super headquarters planned for Kings Cross would be its first self-designed ‘campus’ outside US
- The 11-storey building at 6 Pancras Square includes oak and steel staircases and a gym with a running track
- It is described as a ‘groundscraper’ because the building has 300m-plus footprint – as long as the Shard is tall
- Work on UK headquarters is expected to start in 2018 and when completed will house up to 7,000 ‘Googlers’
- All food and drink in the cafes and canteens is complimentary while there are also sleep pods for naps