Facebook has officially opened its new Covent Garden office space.
The office will house the company’s first engineering hub outside the US. Around 20 engineers will work at the building, focusing on the development of Facebook on mobile devices.
Located on Earlham Street, the open plan office provides a stunning view of London’s skyline. The brightly-coloured Central St Giles, which houses Facebook’s main rival Google, is just one of the many buildings that can be spotted from its windows.
The social media giant is said to have chosen London as the location for the new office because of the large amount of third-party Facebook developers located in the city.
Chancellor George Osbourne was present to mark the opening of the office. Unsurprisingly, he hailed Facebook’s decision to open a new London location.
“Our ambition is that the UK leads the world as a technology hub.
“We hope that you (Facebook) will build your base here and then others will come,” he added.
Chancellor Osbourne continued by stating that the government was determined to attract the world’s biggest technology firms to the country.
Facebook’s vice president of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, also spoke at the grand opening.
He said: “We’re excited to be building our first major European engineering centre in a city that is rapidly emerging as a global technology hub. The London Engineering team will play a crucial role in development of future products and core technology for Facebook. I can’t wait to see what they build here.”
Facebook has similar US engineering hubs in New York, Seattle and at its main headquarters, at Menlo Park, California.
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