Google expanding London hub
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.