Wednesday 24 January 2018

Take a look inside Facebook's new 247,000 sq ft office in central London

Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
A large logo is seen at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A woman carries an Instagram branded bag at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
People write messages next to a slogan at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Facebook Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Printed slogans are tacked to a wall at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
EDITORIAL USE ONLY FacebookÕs new office at Rathbone Place in London with artwork by Barbara Walker, opened as Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 4, 2017. The new office, designed by Frank Gehry and Associates, will be home to mainly engineering staff as the UK becomes FacebookÕs largest engineering hub outside of the US. Photo credit should read: Ben Lister/PA Wire
People walk through the lobby at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Jemma Crew

Social media giant Facebook has opened a new office in London.

It will be the US company’s biggest engineering hub outside the US, with more than half of the team focusing on engineering.

Facebook first arrived in London 10 years ago, and the new addition will take its total UK workforce up to 2,300 by the end of 2018.

The 247,000 square foot office, which opened on Monday, is in Rathbone Place, just off bustling Oxford Street in central London.

A large logo is seen at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A large logo is seen at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A woman carries an Instagram branded bag at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
People write messages next to a slogan at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Facebook Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Designed by the architect Frank Gehry, it includes seven floors and a new public square called Rathbone Square.

It will also include an “incubator space” for start-ups, called LDN_LAB, which will help kick-start fledgling businesses.

Some 400 construction jobs were created to build and fit out the offices from March to December.

Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president for Facebook Europe, Middle East and Asia, said the announcement showed that Facebook “is more committed than ever to the UK”.

She added: “The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and international reputation for engineering excellence makes it one of the best places in the world to build a tech company.

“And we’ve built our company here – this country has been a huge part of Facebook’s story over the past decade, and I look forward to continuing our work to achieve our mission of bringing the world closer together.”

Chancellor Philip Hammond was one of the first to congratulate the company.

He said: “It’s a sign of confidence in our country that innovative companies like Facebook invest here, and it’s terrific news that they will be hiring 800 more highly skilled workers next year.”

Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK Credit: Ben Lister/PA Wire
EDITORIAL USE ONLY FacebookÕs new office at Rathbone Place in London with artwork by Barbara Walker, opened as Facebook announces the creation of 800 new jobs and celebrates 10 years in the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 4, 2017. The new office, designed by Frank Gehry and Associates, will be home to mainly engineering staff as the UK becomes FacebookÕs largest engineering hub outside of the US. Photo credit should read: Ben Lister/PA Wire

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also welcomed the “fantastic” announcement, adding: “The launch of the company’s incubator is set to play a crucial role in attracting vital talent to London and will help to pave the way for the next generation of successful start-ups.”

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