Google’s massive King’s Cross HQ to be built by Lendlease Construction

The site of Google's new headquarters at King's Cross. Credit: Google
The site of Google’s new headquarters at King’s Cross. Credit: Google

Google has struck a £650m deal with Lendlease Construction to build its new London headquarters, a 10 storey structure set to tower over King’s Cross.

The Europe-based branch of the company beat competition from the likes of Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine to secure the contract.  

Joe Borrett, Google’s EMEA director of real estate and construction, said: “Lendlease emerged from a rigorous selection process as the best choice as our construction partner at King’s Cross.”

Mr Borrett added that the companies share “a desire to challenge industry norms, a focus on innovation, and a highly collaborative approach”.

The massive new building will house up to 4,000 Google employees. At 330 metres high, it will lie parallel with the railway station.

Neil Martin, managing director of Lendlease, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be appointed by Google on this landmark project. With our global construction experience, we are confident this will be as distinctive as everything else Google does.”

The new Google HQ has been designed by Heatherwick Studio, the company behind the Olympic Cauldron in the London’s opening ceremony in 2012.

Lendlease is no stranger to London construction operations and is behind some of the largest mixed-use regeneration projects such as Elephant & Castle’s residential scheme.