Google ex­pand­ing Lon­don hub

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

US tech gi­ant Google will ex­pand its vast cam­pus in cen­tral Lon­don, a move ex­pected to bring 3000 new jobs to the Bri­tish cap­i­tal.

Google an­nounced it would add a new of­fice build­ing to a com­plex cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment be­hind Lon­don’s King’s Cross train sta­tion, which the tech firm said would be its first wholly owned and de­signed build­ing out­side the US.

“Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer sci­ence has a great fu­ture with the tal­ent, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and pas­sion for in­no­va­tion we see all around us,” Google CEO Sun­dar Pichai said.

An es­ti­mated 3000 jobs will be cre­ated by the move, a source close to the mat­ter told AFP.

The 10-storey build­ing adds to Google’s pre­vi­ously an­nounced plans in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal, with 2500 Google em­ploy­ees al­ready work­ing in one of­fice and more due to move into a build­ing set to open in 2018.

In to­tal 7000 Google staff will even­tu­ally be work­ing at the King’s Cross hub, with no date given for the open­ing of the newly an­nounced third of­fice.

The deep­en­ing com­mit­ment to Lon­don by Google comes as the gov­ern­ment tries to re­as­sure the busi­ness world in the wake of Bri­tain’s de­ci­sion to leave the EU.

Brexit has raised fears that firms will be un­will­ing to in­vest in Bri­tain if the coun­try loses ac­cess to the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket.

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