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Google reveals its plans for London HQ by BIG and Heatherwick

Two years after inviting Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to design its new London campus, Google has submitted a planning application for a building featuring a huge rooftop garden, a running track and a swimming pool.

Google submitted an application to Camden Council this week for a 93,000-square-metre structure – one of three buildings that will form a campus for up to 7,000 of the company’s employees at King’s Cross.

Ingels’ firm BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on the project. The studios, which are also working on Google’s new California campus, were drafted in to replace the previous scheme by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Their proposed design is for a large structure, known as the Zone A Building, that will rise in height from seven to 11 storeys.

Its key feature will be its expansive roof garden, which will span the length of the building. As well as landscaped terraces, it will feature a “trim track” where staff can keep in shape.

Other amenities will include an events centre, a swimming pool, a sports court, a gym and a number of cafes. The building will also accommodate shops at ground level.

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