Amazon signs London office deal as it expands in the UK

AMAZON is set to move hundreds of staff to a new central London office near Smithfield Market.

The online retail giant announced yesterday that it had signed a lease on the new project, which will be 12 floors high and cover 210,000 square feet.

The new glass and steel structure, at 60 Holborn Viaduct close to St Paul’s, will be able to house over 1,600 employees when it is completed, and the first phase of the development is set to be finished by September. Amazon said it expects “several hundred” current employees to move in by the end of the year, though it did not say what roles the development will house. The company opened an engineering hub, where much of its technology is developed, last year and its UK headquarters are in Slough. It is understood that both these offices will remain in place.

“This new office location will provide the space we require for hundreds of our existing employees as well as many more that we will hire in the future,” said Christopher North, Amazon UK’s managing director. “We will continue to create thousands of jobs in the coming years across the UK.”