Olsson chosen for Google’s Kings Cross campus
Fire and risk engineering specialist Olsson has been chosen by Google as its consultant for the multinational technology company’s new 1,000,000 sq ft new London HQ.
The new 11-storey development will be the first wholly-owned and designed Google building outside of the US, subject to planning approval by Camden Council.
Fire and risk engineering firm Olsson will provide consultancy services, with work due to commence in 2018.
Speaking about the project, Olsson director, Sam Liptrott, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this team on such a pioneering project.
“In just 12 months we’ve established a UK-wide team and partnered with some incredible clients to work on exciting projects, so we are perfectly placed to help Google realise its ambitious vision for this landmark project.”
The building was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio.
Discussing the design of the building, Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, said: “As my home and the home of my studio for more than 15 years, I have a close relationship with King’s Cross.
“The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London.”
“Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come.”