The UK headquarters of Google are to be relocated at a £1bn property development. The new site will be at King’s Cross, covering 2.4 acres of land for the new development. The search engine giant plans to build a complex which has seven and 11 storeys, to house the staff who are currently located in Holborn and Victoria.
Staff who are housed at the current offices are expected to move into the new premises following completion of the new complex, which is expected to be in 2016. According to Matt Brittin, northern and central Europe’s vice president for Google, the new development is “good news for Google, London and the UK”.
The new complex will be situated at the King’s Cross Central development which covers 67 acres of land. The area was previously a coal, fish and grain yard. Following extensive redevelopment the site will house shops, offices and new homes.
Previously, Google has leased offices at overseas developments. However, the US company has bought premises in Dublin, Paris and London in the last two years, demonstrating the investment made by the company. Brittin said:
“This is a big investment by Google. We’re committing further to the UK, where computing and the web were invented.”
Work at the new site is expected to commence towards the end of 2013. Google plays a central role in the search engine optimisation of company websites. As the company demonstrates its long term commitment to remain in the UK, businesses all over the UK including Chester will be focusing on their SEO campaign.