Google lease London office space.
West End office space taken up by Google.
Google has taken up a huge amount of office space in Central Saint Giles in the West End of London. The internet giant has signed an agreement to lease 160,000 square feet of office space in the iconic building.
The company will pay approximately £65 per square foot of office space after reportedly being involved in a bidding war with other tech giants Sony and Facebook. Google plan on moving into the office space later this year after the workspace has been refurbished to meet the standards that Google employees are used to.
“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,” commented Google’s managing director Matt Brittin.
Google will occupy the whole of the fourth, fifth and ninth floors along with sections of the third and sixth floors after signing the long-term ten year lease. The company has been increasing its UK presence in recent years and the move will allow Google to expand its team even further.
“This is all part of our continued investment in our UK operations, and we’re hiring rapidly across all our teams,” said Mr Brittin.
During negotiations Google were advised by CB Richard Ellis whilst Central Saint Giles received advice from Cushman & Wakefield and Jones Lang LaSalle.