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Google UK HQ designs go back to the drawing board

Posted by Marianne
January 13, 2014 in Office Design & Fit Out

To much industry coverage, Google recently showed off its early ideas for its new offices in King’s Cross.

The site, which will become the new HQ for the tech multinational, showed designs for a swimming pool and a running track on the roof. Most innovative of all perhaps though, was the climbing wall linking each floor.

However, the company has now claimed the plans are not ambitious enough, and returned to the drawing board.

In many ways, this is not a surprise, with office design being very much a question of swings and roundabouts. One  office fit out  office fit out is very different to the next, despite certain parallels in regard to standard design.

However, in the UK, many companies are taking this one step further, creating veritable playgrounds for their workers. This is certainly the case with many firms working in the creative and technological sectors, with Google being a case in point.

It is not just the Californian giant that wants to shake things up though, there are many inspired designs all across the country.

At its head office in London, Innocent Drinks have certainly turfed out the old ideas. Quite literally; its entire  office flooring  office flooring has been laid with fake grass.

Outside of the capital, inspirational outdoorsy design is taking hold too. In Leeds, Duke Studios has installed a picnic area to make networking and idea sharing less formal, whilst Brighton based PR firm Man Bites Dog has its own pier and beach huts, helping boost employee performance.

Whilst such designs may not be ideal for all firms, it does show that office design is key to staff productivity, from the ground up; something Google knows only too well.

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