Amazon has opened a new UK headquarters in London to support its growth in the country.
The Principal Place building, based on the fringes of Shoreditch and the City of London, boasts 15 storeys and 600,000 sq ft.
It’s unclear how many staff the office will be able to accommodate but an Amazon webpage that was amended over the weekend suggested it could house 5,000 staff. Amazon now says that it employs 5,000 staff across all three of its London offices.
Amazon said in a press release on Tuesday that it “celebrates the industrial heritage and rich culture of Shoreditch,” adding that it will have a rotating selection of art provided by local artists.
The architects’ initial plans for the building suggested that it would have a basketball court, a tennis court, and a swimming pool but a source with knowledge of the building said none of these have come to fruition.
Amazon’s office opening comes less than a day after Deliveroo revealed its new office on the River Thames.
However, Amazon announced on Tuesday that it decided to take the whole building in order to accommodate its aggressive growth in the UK.
Amazon employees might use the roof terraces to discuss future projects, such as its delivery drone.
The office is located on Norton Folgate, between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street station.
Principal Place is a mixed-use development with half an acre of public piazza and events space and 20,000 sq ft of retail.
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