Amazon has selected a design by Foster+Partners for their UK office in central London. The company will move its staff from their current building in Slough into the $470 million Principal Place, which will be located on the edge of the City of London. Up to 5,000 Amazon employees will be housed in the new building that will include outdoor dining spaces, a tennis court and a basketball court.
The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations in east London. The 55,700-square-meter building will include areas of greenery, roof terraces, a double-height lobby and two atriums, distributed across 15 storeys at the front to nine storeys at the rear.
The execution of Principal Place was halted due to the financial crisis. In 2012 a company that was supposed to move into the building pulled out and the project was sold by developer Hammerson to Brookfield, after which Amazon was chosen as the new tenant. The development will also include a 50-storey residential tower, 1,800 square meters of retail spaces, offices and a large public plaza.