Google splashes £762.5 MILLION on London site

Google splashes £762.5 MILLION on London site in push to get 10,000 staff back to the office (but they’ll only have to come in three days a week)

  • Tech giant’s move to buy Central St Giles office is major bet on return of offices
  • Google said it sees office ‘as a place for in-person collaboration and connection
  • It is already in the process of building its UK HQ new King’s Cross railway station
  • 구글 has splashed out £762.5million on buying a new 런던 사무실, in a major bet on employees coming back to work.

    The tech giant’s decision to purchase the colourful Central St Giles block, where it currently rents several floors, will give it the capacity to host 10,000 workers in the UK, compared to the 6,400 it currently employs.

    오늘, a senior executive said the move demonstrated Google’s ‘continued confidence in the office as a place for in-person collaboration and connectionat a time when most white collar workers are working from home.

    Guidance to WFH is still in place across the UK in response to the 오미크론 변종, and the pandemic has sparked a major shift towards remote working that many expect to result in mass office closures over the coming years.

    결국, Google hopes that most of its staff will come into the office for at least three days a week.

    The tech giant's decision to purchase the colourful Central St Giles block, where it currently rents several floors, will give it the capacity to host 10,000 workers in the UK, compared to the 6,400 it currently employs

    The tech giant’s decision to purchase the colourful Central St Giles block, where it currently rents several floors, will give it the capacity to host 10,000 workers in the UK, compared to the 6,400 it currently employs

    Google is already in the process of building a long-delayed development in King’s Cross, which will serve as its UK HQ.

    The King’s Cross site will include a 200-metre rooftop running trail and a large sports hall with views over London. It will also feature a swimming pool, basketball court and massage rooms.

    Senior Vice President Ruth Porat said: ‘We have been privileged to operate in the UK for nearly 20 연령, and our purchase of the Central St Giles development reflects our continued commitment to the country’s growth and success.

    ‘Our focus remains on creating flexible workspaces that foster innovation, creativity and inclusivity.

    Google is already in the process of building a long-delayed development in King's Cross, which will serve as its UK HQ. Pictured is the 'La La Library', which will serve as a quiet space for reflection

    Google is already in the process of building a long-delayed development in King’s Cross, which will serve as its UK HQ. Pictured is the ‘La La Library’, which will serve as a quiet space for reflection

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘This investment in jobs from Google is a big vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading tech hub.

    ‘It is also proof that this country continues to be one of the most attractive places in the world for leading firms to grow their business.

    ‘The tech sector will play a pivotal role in our future economy and help drive forward our recovery from the pandemic, and we are committed to creating the right environment to ensure it continues to thrive.

    London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan, 말했다: ‘Google’s latest investment in London is fantastic news sending a clear message that our capital is a global draw for investment, business and talent.

    ‘This will help London maintain its position as a world leading technology hub.

    The King's Cross site (also pictured here) will include a 200-metre rooftop running trail and a large sports hall with views over London. It will also feature a swimming pool, basketball court and massage rooms

    The King’s Cross site (also pictured here) will include a 200-metre rooftop running trail and a large sports hall with views over London. It will also feature a swimming pool, basketball court and massage rooms

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