Google in advanced talks to lease new offices in London - report

Google's parent Alphabet is in advanced talks to lease an additional 70,000 square feet in buildings close to its €1 billion new headquarters in King's Cross, London, The Times reported on Tuesday. The tech giant has also agreed to extend a lease at Central Saint Giles, an office development near Tottenham Court Road, for a further decade, the report said. Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The move comes weeks after Google halted plans to rent an office space in Dublin. The tech giant made the decision to not take out the lease on the Sorting Office in Grand Canal Dock. It is believed the office space would have capacity for up to 2,000 staff members.

Google currently employs 8,000 people in Ireland.

The company said in July that most of its employees will be allowed to work from home until July 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the company says it is committed to Ireland and continues to invest in its Irish operations.