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PHOTOS: Google's new London office is very fancy

Employees will be given free food, access to a 90m running track, massages and cookery classes.

GOOGLE’S NEW LONDON office is ready to house several hundred of the company’s staff.

Around 800 engineers moved into the building at 6 Pancras Square in King’s Cross during the week, with another 2,000 staff expected to move in over the course of the year. Only five floors of the building are finished but Google expects all 11 to be completed by October.

The staff at 6 Pancras Square will work on some of Google’s best-known products including Android, the company’s mobile operating system, and YouTube.

They’ll be given free food, access to a 90m running track, massages and cookery classes from a chef who used to work with Jamie Oliver.

Business Insider was recently given a tour of the office by Google real estate executive Andrew Martin and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) architect Steve Smith. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos but Google has sent over a limited selection that we can show you.

The 11-storey office has been leased by Google from BNP Paribas Real Estate, as the search giant stalls on a new £1 billion (€882 million) UK headquarters that it said it would build on a plot of land less than 200 metres away. Google said in 2013 the new UK HQ would be ready by 2016 but the initial plans were scrapped for being “too boring” and the company is yet to start building.

Google has quietly snapped up several other properties in King’s Cross, including the building next door (7 Pancras Square), which is home to the company’s AI research lab, Google DeepMind, and a mystery property called S2, which is yet to be built.

The building is around 371,000 square feet, meaning it is less than half the size of the UK HQ that Google announced in 2013.

the-building-is-around-371000-square-feet-meaning-it-is-less-than-half-the-size-of-the-uk-hq-that-google-announced-in-2013 (1) Source: BNP Paribas

Black metal beams give it an industrial feel, possibly to reflect the proximity to the nearby King’s Cross train station.

black-metal-beams-give-it-an-industrial-feel-possibly-to-reflect-the-proximity-to-the-nearby-kings-cross-train-station Source: BNP Paribas

The roof terraces offer Googlers stunning views over London. They come with sun loungers and gardens.

the-roof-terraces-offer-googlers-stunning-views-over-london-they-come-with-sun-loungers-and-gardens-that-will-no-doubt-make-for-a-pleasant-outdoor-dining-experience Source: BNP Paribas

This is the underground passage Google staff will take from King’s Cross St Pancras to their new office.

this-is-the-underground-passage-that-google-staff-will-take-from-kings-cross-st-pancras-to-their-new-office Source: Jim Edwards

Architecture firm AHMM deliberately designed the interior with plenty of communal areas to facilitate chance encounters between engineers working on different projects. These encounters are important, Google says, as they fuel “engineering serendipity”.

architecture-firm-ahmm-deliberately-designed-the-interior-with-plenty-of-communal-areas-to-facilitate-chance-encounters-between-engineers-working-on-different-projects-these-encounters-are-important-google-says-as-they-fu Source: Tim Soar

Lounge areas like this one give Googlers the chance to chill out on Vitra sofas that can cost up to £17,000 (€15,000) or even take a nap in one of five Metronap ‘nap pods’, which cost £5,500 (€4,850).

Barista stations can be found across the Google building. Free coffee will be provided but Google expects many of its staff to bring their own speciality blends anyway.

barista-stations-can-be-found-across-the-google-building-free-coffee-will-be-provided-but-google-expects-many-of-its-staff-to-bring-their-own-speciality-blends-anyway Source: Tim Soar

The curvy staircase is one of the centrepieces of the building.

the-curvy-staircase-is-one-of-the-centrepieces-of-the-building Source: Tim Soar

Unlike many of Google’s other offices, 6 Pancras Square doesn’t make regular use of the bright, bold, colours associated with Google’s logo.

unlike-many-of-googles-other-offices-6-pancras-square-doesnt-make-regular-use-of-the-bright-bold-colours-associated-with-googles-logo Source: Tim Soar

One of the rooms in the new Google office block is called Platform 9 3/4 after the train platform that students from Hogwarts in Harry Potter use to board the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross.

All of the desks in Google’s new office can be raised, allowing Googlers to stand and work if they want to.

all-of-the-desks-in-googles-new-office-can-be-raised-allowing-googlers-to-stand-and-work-if-they-want-to Source: Tim Soar

Floors 7-11 are finished, while floors 1-6 — home to massage rooms and a huge gym with a 90m running track — are still being worked on. The striking staircase links some of the higher floors.

floors-7-11-are-finished-while-floors-1-6--home-to-massage-rooms-and-a-huge-gym-with-a-90m-running-track--are-still-being-worked-on-the-striking-staircase-links-some-of-the-higher-floors Source: Tim Soar

Google staff will be able to take the Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels and Paris in around two hours. This is a key selling point for the office’s location, according to Google.

Here is a computer-generated image of the mystery building that Google has bought on another site in King’s Cross. It is around 180,000 square feet.

here-is-a-computer-generated-image-of-the-mystery-building-that-google-has-bought-on-another-site-in-kings-cross-it-is-around-180000-square-feet Source: Mossessian Architecture

The wider King’s Cross area is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, meaning Googlers across the area will be able to make use of things like an outdoor swimming pool or explore a nearby nature reserve when they’re not writing code.

They’ll also be able to eat at popular restaurants like Dishoom, which has a large restaurant close to the new office.

Questions remain over when Google’s UK HQ will open. Here is a photo of the plans that were scrapped.

questions-remain-over-when-googles-uk-hq-will-open-here-is-a-photo-of-the-plans-that-were-scrapped Source: AHMM/Dezeen

- Sam Shead

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