Google will spend £730m to 'reinvigorate' its UK offices
Google is backing a return to the office with an investment that will expand its UK capacity by 50% and "reinvigorate" the work environment.
The search giant is spending £730m ($1bn) and expects headcount to rise from 6,400 to 10,000.
It is buying one of the London sites, Central Saint Giles, in which it is currently a tenant.
As well as purchasing the Central Saint Giles site, Google said it would be undertaking a multi-million pound refurbishment of its offices there to ensure they were on a par with those in its new King's Cross development currently under construction.
That will provide more space so offices can be less densely populated, and will include collaboration spaces and "inclusive meeting rooms for hybrid working" as well as covered outdoor workspaces, the firm said.
Eventually, Google wants the vast majority of its workforce to return to the office for three days a week.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak welcomed Google's investment, describing it as "a big vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading tech hub".
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