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First Look: Amazon doubles tech roles at new London HQ

Amazon is set to double the number of research and development roles based in London, as it opens a new 15 storey Shoreditch office on 25 July.

The new office, which takes up the entire 600,000 sq ft of the Principal Place building in Shoreditch, will eventually house 900 high tech roles, up from the current 450. According to the etailer, the expansion represents its increasing investment in British innovation.

By the end of the year, Amazon expects to have 5,000 employees across its three London offices, with 1,500 across the UK working in tech development roles. The London development team will primarily focus on the Prime Video service.

The new office features 20,000sq ft of retail space, alongside office and events facilities and a public piazza. The building as been designed to reflect its Shoreditch surroundings and will display work from local artists.

At the launch, Amazon also unveiled plans to fund one million school children’s breakfasts in 2017/2018, as well as doubling the size of the Amazon Women in Innovation bursary, which will now fund 24 students each year attending Cambridge, Edinburgh and Kings College London Universities.

Speaking at the launch, Doug Gurr, country manager, at Amazon, said: “London is one of the world’s truly great cities and home to some of the most talented, creative people on the planet, and we are delighted to provide our teams of innovators with a new, purpose-built workplace.”

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