Facebook's about to upend some of its UK staff and create a cosy new build for them to scooter around from informal meeting to informal meeting, with the social network agreeing to take on three as yet unbuilt office buildings in King's Cross – just around the corner from Google's forthcoming tech battlestation.
Up to 6,000 people will eventually look at statistics on you from within 11 and 21 Canal Reach, and a building to be known as P2 on Lewis Cubitt Square, where Facebook will enjoy around 600,000 sq ft of desk space, augmented by modern additions such as roof gardens and internal shops so its elite staff don't have to go out and risk being infected by us normal people fingering the baguettes in Greggs.
The plan will double the amount of floorspace Facebook has for people on the ground in London, with at least one of the buildings coming with dedicated cycle access and racks for as many as 238 bikes; because even people who work for Facebook can't afford to live within walking distance of anything even approximating the centre of London.
Two of the three sites already have planning permission, with Facebook expecting to move its people and algorithms in in 2021 or thereabouts. [Dezeen]