Amazon will lease a new corporate office in the Shoreditch section of London in 2017. The company currently employs 1,700 employees in its UK offices (and over 7,000 permanent jobs in the UK in total), and the new space will provide the company with total capacity for over 5,000 corporate employees in London.
Amazon currently has two offices in London – one that opened last year, and the Amazon Development Centre that opened in 2012. To provide additional capacity for growth in London in the lead up to the opening of the new Shoreditch office in 2017, Amazon will also take temporary occupancy of 1 Leadenhall Court in April 2015.
Amazon said all corporate employees will be located across three offices in London by next summer. The company has also been expanding in its hometown of Seattle, Washington at a startling rate.
Like other U.S.-based corporations, Amazon has come under fire over reports that it was not paying its fair share of taxes on revenue generated in the country.
In its press release announcing the new planned office space, Amazon UK Managing Director Christopher North said, “We have already invested well over 1 billion pounds and created more than 7,000 permanent jobs across the UK. To support our continued growth in the UK, we have secured this exceptional building giving us the capacity to hire thousands of new employees in London in the coming years, in addition to the thousands of permanent roles we will create across our UK fulfilment and customer service centres.”
The new Shoreditch space is a mixed-use development with a 600,000 sq ft, 15 story office building and an adjacent residential tower. Construction will commence later this month and Amazon will take residence in 431,000 sq ft of office space in 2017, following the development’s completion in 2016.
Amazon launched the UK site Amazon.co.uk in 1998 and opened its first UK fulfillment center that same year.