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Google splashes $1bn on new London HQ


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. 

Google already rents office space in the development, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano. The building comes with distinctive outside colouring, 38,000 square metres of office space, as well as 100 apartments alongside cafes and restaurants on the ground floor. 

The company is continuing to build its flagship UK office space in King’s Cross, announced way back in 2013 and costing £1 billion. According to The Guardian, the King’s Cross office will be finished in 2022 and will stand 11 storeys tall. 

Google Central Saint Giles

(Image credit: Google)

Google remains 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. 



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