Google still seeking new Sydney home

Google still seeking new Sydney home

Summary: A property search appears to have stalled for Google Australia almost a year after the search giant reportedly started looking for a second office in Sydney.

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A property search appears to have stalled for Google Australia almost a year after the search giant reportedly started looking for a second office in Sydney.

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Google's Sydney office is across two floors in the Pyrmont Accenture building.
(Screenshot by Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

The Sydney Morning Herald reported last June that Google had gone to market for a second office in Sydney to supplement the company's growing footprint.

The company holds a lease on 6500 square metres of space across two levels inside its current facility in Pyrmont until December 2018 and is interested in leasing another 2500 square metres of space in the same area, Fairfax reported.

Almost a year on, however, the search appears to have gone nowhere, to the dismay of local property managers who submitted applications.

One property manager who spoke to ZDNet Australia said that over 100 applications had been submitted to Google after it went to market late last year looking for a second Sydney home.

The developer added that nobody had heard back from the search giant since then.

"If you've got good news for us, we'd be happy to hear it," he joked.

Other developers and commercial agents also confirmed to ZDNet Australia that Google had gone to market last year, but that they were yet to hear back in response to their applications.

Google Australia remained tight-lipped on the house hunt.

Google Australia's engineering director, Alan Noble, told ZDNet Australia in an interview last year that the web giant would only look to expand its physical footprint if the opportunity presented itself.

Topics: Google, Microsoft, IT Employment

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  • If they want to think outside the box a little, they could do worse than an area like Wollongong.

    The Wollongong exchange is about to get NBN, so they are within striking distance of fibre broadband.

    Wollongong Uni rolls out several thousand high quality IT staff on an anual basis, so they are within striking distance of simple and effective recruitment.

    And above all, its an area screaming out for large profile investment for something like this, to take the taint away from all the jobs that have been recently lost in its heavy industry sector. There are plenty of places that would happily take the trade as well.

    For the Federal Government, it could also be a catalyst to show how the NBN helps develop regional areas as well. A business as big as Google investing in an NBN area would certainly be something to crow about.

    Just some thoughts, and plenty of bias from my perspective, but its the sort of thing Google is known to do.
    Gav70