We’re thrilled to hear of the news yesterday (28-Sept-2011) that Google is coming to Old Street – putting them only a few streets from our own office on Curtain Road in Shoreditch!
The new Google offices located near the Old Street roundabout (aka Silicon Roundabout) are being heralded as a ‘Start up Centre’ and will host training workshops, product demonstrations and ‘hackathons’ in addition to providing workspace for new companies and more generally assistance to new technology companies.
It is due to open next year after millions of pounds’ worth of refurbishment and with new office spaces on the roundabout being largely empty we’re super confident that the area is going to go from strength to strength.
‘Finding a suitable building is the first major step, and we hope to announce more details about the organisations we’ll work with and how they will use the space in the coming months,’ said David Singleton, Google UK’s engineering director.
‘East London is already home to hundreds of innovative British start-ups, and has huge potential for economic growth and new jobs over the coming years.’
Chancellor George Osborne said the investment was ‘great news’, adding: ‘It shows that we can create the right environment to attract start-ups and established hi-tech businesses.’
Last November the prime minister announced his £400m Tech City initiative to turn the area surrounding around Old Street into a creative hub for technology companies.
Google’s UK headquarters are currently in central London and the California-based company has stressed that it has no plans to relocate.