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Google expands in London

by on14 January 2022


Wants to hire 10,000 people

Google is seriously expanding its presence in London, snapping up the Central Saint Giles development next to Tottenham Court Road station for $1 billion as part of a plan to expand its UK workforce to 10,000 people.

The company is continuing to build its flagship UK office space in King’s Cross, announced in 2013 and costing another £1 billion.

According to The Guardian, the King’s Cross office will be finished in 2022 and will be 11 storeys.

All this is happening as many companies are realising that the days of big offices are done as it can take only one pandemic to make the investment pretty pointless.
Google said it was aware that the working landscape has changed during the pandemic, especially in relation to working in an office. The plan, according to the company, is to let employees use a hybrid model.

Ronan Harris, Google’s UK and Ireland boss, says. “Whilst most of our UK employees want to be on-site some of the time, they want the flexibility of working from home a couple of days a week. Some of our people will want to be fully remote. Our future UK workplace has room for all of those possibilities.”

Google CFO Ruth Porat said: “We have been privileged to operate in the UK for nearly 20 years, and our purchase of the Central Saint Giles development reflects our continued commitment to the country’s growth and success.”

 

Last modified on 14 January 2022
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