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Friday 19 January 2018

Google on track to build exercise-friendly office

Google HQ in Dublin 2
Google HQ in Dublin 2
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

GOOGLE’s new UK headquarters will boast a running track on its roof.

The internet giant has secured local government approval for the plans, which propose a 920,000 square foot building centrally located beside King’s Cross train station in London.

As well as a running track, the office will boast a swimming pool and space for as many as 5,000 workers.

A “significant proportion” of these 5,000 staff will be new jobs, according to the company.

Google expects to move into the building, which will be seven to 11 stories high, in 2015. It agreed in January to buy the land from previous owners King’s Cross Central. Construction is due to start at the end of this year.

Google’s Dublin offices, its European headquarters known as “Google Docks”, are also world-renowned for their luxury and design. One of its four Barrow Street constructions is the tallest commercial building in Dublin.

The four offices feature everything from music rooms to a kitchen disguised as a traditional Irish pub. Collectively they provide five restaurants, 42 kitchen areas, game rooms, several gyms, and over 400 meeting rooms.

Members of the public will have a chance to tour the offices during Dublin’s Open House weekend, where 100 buildings will go on show from October 4 to 6.

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