Google Acquires An Expensive Office Building In The U.K

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Google has announced on Friday January 13, that it has acquired all of the Central St. Giles building, where it already occupies various floors, in London’s West End.

As per the web giant, their interest in this striking Renzo Piano-designed development represents their continued confidence in the office as a place for in-person collaboration and connection.

Google’s main U.K. center is in the recently improved King’s Cross area on the northern edge of the downtown area. The organization has gobbled up some offices nearby but its fundamental U.K. office is as yet under development.

Google has purchased a lovely and colourful office space in London for $1 billion while it hangs tight for building work on its intensely deferred U.K. office to be finished.

Google intends to repair the workplace over the course of the next few years, adding that there will be collaboration spaces, team pods, and covered outdoor working spaces.

The Mountain View-settled firm employs 6,400 staff in the U.K.. Furthermore, the organization has swore to build enough U.K. office space for 10,000 before long. Its main hub is in the recently gentrified King’s Cross neighborhood on the northern fringe of the city center, where it has snapped up several offices.

However, its new U.K. headquarters, which sits on a plot behind King’s Cross train station, is still under construction. The 11-storey “groundscraper” has been designed by the prestigious Heatherwick Studios and Bjarke Ingels Group. The plans show a 25-meter swimming pool, a 200-meter rooftop running trail, and a large sports hall with views over London. It will accommodate up to 4,000 Googlers when it’s completed.

Google was initially hoping to be in the building by 2016, but a series of setbacks pushed them back several years. The initial £1 billion ($1.2 billion) plans drawn up by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris were reportedly scrapped by Google cofounder Larry Page for being “excessively boring”.

According to dependable sources, Google is expecting to be in by 2023/2024, denoting a postponement of right around 10 years.

Other Google buildings in the King’s Cross neighborhood are at various stages of completion. Google eventually expects to employ around 7,000 people in the area.

Meanwhile, the U.K. is one of the biggest outposts for U.S. tech giants. Meta, Twitter, and Amazon have also acquired shiny multi-story buildings in London in recent years to accommodate their growing armies.


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