Google buyed a central London building for$1 billion. The company is currently a tenant there, but this way it is showing its confidence in the future of the office as a place to work, the company said on Friday.
Google employs 6,400 people in Britain. Meanwhile, the giant is planning a multi-million-pound refurbishment of its offices within the Central Saint Giles development it is buying, close to Covent Garden in central London. Ruth Porat, CFO of Google’s parent company Alphabet said:
“We have been privileged to operate in the UK for nearly 20 years, and our purchase of the Central Saint Giles development reflects our continued commitment to the country’s growth and success.”
Google plans to refit the building so it is adapted for in-person teamwork and has meeting rooms for hybrid working, as well as creating more space for individuals.
The company also said the new refurbishment will also feature outdoor covered working spaces to enable work in the fresh air.