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article imageGoogle to open London 'innovation centre'

By Milo Noblet     Sep 29, 2011 in Technology
London - Google is to open a multi-million pound innovation centre in London, UK, as part of the Goverment's plan to create a "Tech City" in the capital.
Google has signed a lease on a seven floor building in east London, its first step in showing their committment to the British Government's "Tech City" programme. Google has secured the lease on the building, at 4-5 Bonhill Street London, which will now undergo a full refurbishment in order to be ready for a 2012 opening.
As well as providing space for other organisations that work with new businesses, the building will be host to a wide range of activities including hackathons, lectures, seminars and product demonstrations. The building's lease runs until 'at least 2022'. Google will be keeping their existing UK operations at their current central London offices.
David Singleton, Engineering Director said in the Google press release passed on to me by Louise Rutter at the Google press office, “We announced our involvement in the Tech City project last year, and we’ve been working hard to make this vision a reality. Finding a suitable building is the first major step, and we hope to announce more details about the organisations we’ll work with and how they will use the space in the coming months. East London is already home to hundreds of innovative British start-ups, and has huge potential for economic growth and new jobs over the coming years.”
It is also wondered whether Google has plans to run a similar initiative in Manchester, north-west England, which has a booming science and technology industry
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