Middlesex, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 12, 2013 -- Online retail giant signs the lease on a prime site in London.
Amazon is one of the giants of the retail world but it isn't afraid of making its mark in bricks and mortar. The company has just signed the lease on 210,000 square feet of prime London premises. The address is 60 Holborn Viaduct, just opposite Smithfield Market and covers 12 floors.
The site originally held an office block that was a BT telephone exchange in the 1960s. That was replaced but progress on the rebuild was interrupted by the financial crisis. Work started again three years ago and is set to be finished in the summer.
Amazon's UK headquarters is in Slough but the firm predicts up to 1,600 members of staff will move to the new address, with a few hundred being in place by the end of this year. The property is the second major retail site bought by Amazon in the past twelve months and is part of the firm's strategy to expand into TV and video and to be "more than just an online retailer". It reflects the growing confidence and attraction of London to major multinationals who want to take advantage of being part of the capital's economy and boosting its workforce.
For the members of the Amazon team it marks a major new phase in their lives. It isn't just a case of having a new desk and a new office. Instead it could mean having to move to a new city, finding a new place to live.
Clarendon Serviced Apartments works with major corporate firms who are relocating members of their team and provides a vital stopgap for those getting ready to begin a fresh start.
In terms of location, Clarendon often caters for firms in The City, which is close by to Holborn and Smithfield Market. The name "The City" might conjure a few streets of real-estate but it's so attractive because of its transport networks and central hub; it's easy to get anywhere in the capital from The City. Close to Amazon's new home are North Mews on Gray's Inn Road and apartments in Brushfield Street.
North Mews offers 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments in the heart of Holborn. They're bright and spacious with open plan living and dining rooms. The modern finished kitchens make it ideal for guests who want to make their own meals and do their own laundry; although there is a weekly housekeeping service to keep things spick and span. The new development is finished to a high standard with walk in showers and all mod cons and only opened in June.
Brushfield Street is in a central location with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments ideal for those living and working in The City. It's close to Liverpool St as well as numerous boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Both developments offer Freeview and Wi-Fi.
These are just two of the perfect solutions in Clarendon's portfolio for someone who wanted to be close to the office but still be part of a vibrant and bustling capital city. When relocating it can be easy to feel isolated and disconnected. A serviced apartment that is both close to the office as well as plenty of attractions makes it easier to build a life in a new city. It also removes the need of having to find a flat or house quickly. The size of the apartments on offer - with 3 bedrooms in North Mews - means that even if a member of staff is moving with their family they don't have to do so piecemeal but can all move together. It makes for a smoother relocation and a less stressful experience.
Amazon's decision to buy more prime office space in the heart of the capital is great news for London. It also offers employees the chance to be part of one of the world's great cities. A serviced apartment is the ideal solution for someone who wants to move - either with or without their family - and wants to find somewhere that is a home from home.