Search leads Google to Central Saint Giles offices

Posted on by John Cronin

Internet search giant Google has agreed to lease offices at a landmark building in London.

Central Saint GilesGoogle UK has agreed to a 10-year lease for 160,000 sq ft of floor space at Legal & General Property and Mitsubishi Estate Company’s Central Saint Giles Development (pictured – website).

Google is taking the entire 4th, 5th, and 9th floors and part of the 3rd and 6th floors within the mixed-use, 12-storey building. The Central Saint Giles scheme offers residential apartments coupled with 408,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and ground-floor retail units. Rental prices have not been disclosed but market reports suggest that a figure of around £65 / sq ft has been agreed.

Legal & General have confirmed that the office space within the building is now fully let. The first tenant, media company Mindshare took 78,000 sq ft last October. The colourful building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, offers large floor plates of approximately 43,000 sq ft and has a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

Google is expected to continue to search for additional office space within London as it continues to recruit staff. The company already leases floor space at Belgrave House, Buckingham Palace Road. The offices hit the headlines in 2009 when a lunchtime barbecue got out of control and the fire brigade had to be called out. Google has recently commissioned a striking interior fit-out at the offices.

Commenting on the deal, Matt Brittin, MD of Google UK, said: “This is a fabulous building and we’ll be working hard over the next few months to fit it out in Google style, ready for some of our teams to move later in the year”.

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