Google to invest $700m in Warsaw office complex

Google to invest $700m in Warsaw office complex
The Warsaw HUB office complex in central Warsaw, Poland. Image: Courtesy of Google

Google Monday announced that it will invest nearly $700 million in purchasing and further developing The Warsaw HUB office complex in central Warsaw, Poland.

Developed and constructed by Ghelamco, The Warsaw HUB, Google’s Warsaw headquarters, is one of the most technologically advanced buildings in Europe.

Google has been a tenant in the complex since 2021 and opened a center there focusing on solutions powering its global cloud products. Google Poland occupies over 20,000 sqm of office space.

The Warsaw HUB, the complex of three buildings, is being built in Warsaw’s business center and will offer 113 thousand sq m of multi-functional space.

“Google has been operating in Poland for more than 15 years, and we are proud to deepen our commitment to the country with this purchase of The Warsaw HUB office complex,” said Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO of Google and Alphabet.

“Our work in Poland goes beyond supporting its digital economy, and we are extremely focused on helping those who need it most at this time. That is why we are using Google’s spaces and resources to support those affected by the war in Ukraine, including by using the Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw as a space where local NGOs can provide legal and psychological support to refugees,” he added.

Google currently employs over 1,000 people in Poland, 600 of whom are part of the Warsaw engineering team, making it the largest center in Europe developing Google’s cloud technology.

In 2021, Google Cloud launched a cloud region for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), headquartered in Warsaw, and became the first global cloud provider to launch such an investment in CEE.

Since 2015, Google has also operated a Google for Startups Campus in the city’s historic Praga district, focused on supporting global expansion of startups from the region.

Google has also been running extensive educational programs in recent years in Poland, to date training more than 270,000 people in digital skills across the country. During the last two years, it also educated more than 24,000 local specialists in cloud computing.

With the acquisition and development of the Warsaw HUB Google will have capacity for 2,500 employees across its Warsaw sites, with potential for future growth. Employees at Google have the flexibility to work remotely, or in a hybrid in-office/at home arrangement, and this acquisition ensures the capacity to accommodate both.

The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki said: “Our cooperation and regular contact with Google CEO Sundar Pichai have resulted in another investment in Poland. Thank you for confirming this during our conversation a few days ago. Google’s decision, made in such difficult times, is proof of the vitality of our economy. This is not just a one-off investment but epitomizes a trend of strategic cooperation with our American partners. Poland has already proved its economy to be stable despite global crises; it has recuperated the losses caused by the pandemic at the fastest rate in the EU. Another Google investment in our country also affirms the importance of Poland’s place in developing companies in the area of new technologies. With its investments in this sector, Poland is keeping perfectly in step with global trends.”

“Google’s investment in Warsaw is another proof that our country has great potential in developing innovation and new technologies. Our best assets are most of all talented and highly qualified professionals, who work on the most innovative projects in the world. As the minister of economic development and technology, I am glad that Poland contributes to the development of global cloud solutions, which support basically all branches of the modern economy,” added Piotr Nowak, Poland’s Minister of Economic Development and Technology.

“Google values what Poland has to offer and is an example of how together our countries are building a future in technology that can change the world”, underlined Mark Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland.