Google's London Base Put On Hold Until 2017

By Gerald Lynch on at

Google's massively-ambitious plans for a £650 million headquarters in London's Kings Cross have been put on hold, with contractors BAM Construct revealing it'll likely be another three years before the search giant's UK base comes together.

Google was given the green-light for a 950,000 sq ft site to house its 5,000 UK staff by Camden Council planners back in September. However, with Google wanting the build to be as "ambitious as possible", it went back to the drawing board with architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in November. It's likely that planned revisions to the design of the company's new Mountain View, California headquarters influenced the decision to postpone.

For a company that moves so quickly in its own technological field, the slow pace of the construction industry must be a real frustration for Google. Likewise, Google's probably spouting out new ideas for its HQ with every swiftly-shifting move its own business makes, which must be a headache for any involved on the construction side of the new London offices, too. [City AM via Engadget]