City Spy: More King’s Cross doodling for Google

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The tech giant scrapped the original plans for headquarters by architects AHMM in late 2013, and has since drafted in designer Thomas Heatherwick to work with AHMM  on the new design, a move which  is likely to mean the London  HQ will not be delivered for  several years.

Now Estates Gazette reports the firm pre-letting another building on the King’s Cross Central site, the S2 building, which is yet to get planning permission. another Google base at King’s Cross, 6 Pancras Square, won’t be completed this year. Certainly Google won’t be rushed.

* A property boss reports over lunch an intriguing rumour that Labour’s prince over the water David Miliband has given his Primrose Hill tenants notice ahead of a London return. Alas, “completely untrue”, says Miliband’s New York spinner. Spy’s eyes remain peeled.

Mulberry’s old boss Hill out to bag the limelight?

Ping! Spy is informed Emma Hill is launching an accessories line. That would be the Alexa-toting ex-Mulberry creative director Emma Hill, who is credited with turning Mulberry into a global brand and who left the British business in 2013 prior to its recent woes.

The news comes a month before new Mulberry creative director Johnny Coca joins, attempting to restore its fortunes. Spy hopes Hill isn’t trying to spoil his parade.

* What’s rubbing London developer Daniel Van Gelder up the wrong way? Planning delays? The EU referendum? Try the X Factor. He vents on Twitter: “Can’t we just have a year off X Factor? We’ve all been good.” It’s a no from him.

iPhone at a Samsung launch? Get them out of here NOW!

Spy dropped in on  the launch of Samsung’s new Wireless 360 speakers at Victoria House off Bloomsbury Square.

The event, which was hosted and DJ’d by I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! NOW! presenter Laura Whitmore, threw the blue spotlights on its 500-quid giant egg-shaped surround sound system. But if the sounds were soothing for the tech giant, its bosses will have been less pleased by the sight of the cluster of iPhones whipped from its guests’ pockets to take photos.

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June 23, 2015 |
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