Today Google UK agreed to rent 160,000 square feet of office space at the new Central Saint Giles development in the West End of London.
The Central Saint Giles area also includes a public plaza which will link Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Soho.
It is certainly the style that Google is associated with, so whether Google is planning to expand into the new offices or move is not known at present, although there are reports that its current lease will expire in 2016.
Google will be based on the 4th, 5th and 9th floors with parts of the 3rd and 6th floors also taken. It is expected that Google will move in later this year once they have installed a games room, some palm trees and some other amusements for their staff.
Google UK’s CEO said:
“This is a fabulous building and we’ll be working hard over the next few months to fit it out in Google style, ready for some of our teams to move later in the year. As well as its size and green credentials, it has the advantage of being even closer to some of our major customers and partners. This is all part of our continued investment in our UK operations, and we’re hiring rapidly across all our teams.” - Matt Brittin.
There are rumours that Google were competing with Facebook for this office space – maybe the first of many new battles over the next few years.
It is certainly well sited though, being 30 minutes from the City and about 1 hour from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Luton airports. Google’s current offices are at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road.
The Central Saint Giles offices were designed by Renzo Piano, the renowned Italian architect who is the man behind the Shard London Bridge which will be the tallest building in Europe when it is completed next year. He also designed Kansai International Airport, for which he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Renzo Piano has won several architectural awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1998), AIA Gold Medal (2008) and Sonning Prize (2008).
You can learn more about the development from Legal and General’s website: www.legalandgeneralmediacentre.com/Press-Releases/160-000-Sq-Ft-Google-deal-secures-full-office-occupancy-For-Legal-General-and-MEC-s-Central-Saint-Giles-399.aspx