Facebook to open nifty new London office, creating 800 jobs.
Facebook is opening a new London office that will create a lot of new UK jobs, that will expand to 2,300 people in the UK. On top of the 800 tech jobs it will create, Facebook says the building and fitting of the new area also created 400 construction jobs.
The building, is designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who is famous for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The building is located it a public space called Rathbone Place near Oxford Circus and is planned to be Facebook’s biggest engineering hub outside the US. The 247,000 square foot office building will also include the business’ first in-house incubator space for start-ups, called LDN-LAB.
The three-month programme will facilitate UK-based startups to kickstart their ventures by working with Facebook experts, who will mentor the entrepreneurs on engineering, product and partnerships.
New Facebook London office at Rathbone Place
Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice-President, Facebook EMEA, said,
Today’s announcements show that Facebook is more committed than ever to the UK and in supporting the growth of the country’s innovative start-ups. 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.
Julian David, Chief Executive of TechUK, mentioned that Facebook’s investment is a vote of confidence for London, despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit,
Facebook has chosen to be amongst like-minded businesses and the brightest minds in placing its very first in-house start-up incubator, LDN_LAB, in the UK. The message is clear: London is open, and tech is the flag bearer.
The new office is about to launch during Facebook’s tenth anniversary in the UK.
The social media company first arrived in London 10 years ago. The new place aims take its total UK workforce up to 2,300 by the end of the next year.