Nabarro leads for new client Google on London HQ purchase

Nabarro, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Hogan Lovells have taken roles on Google’s acquisition of a site in King’s Cross for the development of the technology giant’s new UK headquarters.

In a deal signed on 17 January, Google was granted a 999-year lease by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), as well as the right to develop one million sq ft of office space and ground-floor retail. A value for the deal has not been disclosed.

Google has targeted 2016 for a move to the building, with the lease of its current London headquarters at 123 Buckingham Palace Road in Victoria set to end that year.

Nabarro landed the role to advise new client Google UK, following a successful competitive pitch 18 months ago. Real estate partner Marie Scott led a team that included environment partner Clare Deanesly and planning partner Christopher Stanwell.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Google team over the last year on this exciting project,” said Scott. “We look forward to a continued involvement as the development gets underway.”

KCCLP was represented by a team led by BLP real estate partner Andrew Sanders and associate Chris Rowe, as well as a Hogan Lovells team headed by real estate partner Gill McGreevy. The deal means that more than half of the eight million sq ft of commercial space at the King’s Cross development is now committed, including the headquarters of BNP Paribas real estate and new offices for Camden Council.

“This is a big investment by Google we’re committing further to the UK,” said Matt Brittin, Google vice president for North and Central Europe. “It’s good news for Google, London and the UK.”