The global internet search engine and all round “internet experience improver” giant have committed to doubling its King’s Cross UK HQ
The proposed 650,000 sq ft landmark building will be the first to be owned by Google outside the USA and was confirmed last night by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai in his speech to the press at the existing King’s Cross office.
Pichai said of the UK “it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation” he continued that “Google are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross Campus”
The proposed office is to be located between St Pancras and King’s Cross Stations across the road from the King’s Cross Theatre and is expected to house 7000 employees.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan enthused that “London is one of the world’s leading technology hubs and investment into the capital post-Brexit remains robust, so Google’s expansion will further strengthen our city’s reputation as a global leader in digital technology”
Graham Ibbetson, Managing Director of XCM, was delighted that London received such an accolade, he said “Our innovative and highly skilled analysts and developers have grown out of the same skills pool as Google’s with the abilities and dedication to create and develop truly Insightful systems for our clients”. Graham continued with “The recent expansion of XCM was naturally located in the centre of the capital, just like Google, to get the right people in the right place to carry out our tremendous work”
Post Brexit the UK needs positive attitudes and confidence from major players such as Google to bolster the already successful tech industry in the UK.