Google Lands London’s Biggest Office Deal
Internet search giant Google UK Ltd has taken 160,000 sq ft of office space at the iconic Central Saint Giles Development in the West End, in what is London’s biggest conventional office deal so far this year.
Google’s agreement means that all of the office space in the scheme has now been spoken for, just one year after it was launched. The rest of the 400,000 sq ft site features private apartments, affordable homes, restaurants and caf├⌐ bars, which are located around a new courtyard piazza.
Reports suggest that Sony and Facebook had also been interested in the space.
The scheme was designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, who is also responsible for the iconic Shard London Bridge, set to be the tallest building in Europe.
The Grade A office space is located on the fourth, fifth, and ninth floors and part of the third and sixth floors and will provide space for Google’s expanding team, while other staff will remain in their existing offices on Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria.
The space will now be fitted out “Google-style”, which will undoubtedly see the interior transformed to incorporate the firm’s traditional office style – with ultra-modern design, quirky features and colourful d├⌐cor at every turn.
According to Bloomberg, Matt Brittin, MD of Google UK, 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.”
Simon Wilkes, Head of Development at Legal & General Property – which part manage the site along with partners Mitsubishi Estate Company, said that they are “delighted” with the letting.
He added: “Given the difficult economic circumstances for UK plc, this can only be taken as a tremendous endorsement of our scheme and clear recognition of its attractions as a great place to work.”
Google are due to move in later this year.
Find out more about office space to rent in the West End online at officebroker.com.
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