Twitter flies nest after Facebook moves in: Micro-blogging site ditches plan for new HQ after rival social network sets sights on same building

Zuckerberg’s social network ruffles rival’s feathers by moving into same London building

It seems Twitter and Facebook aren’t just competing for users – Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has ruffled its rival’s feathers by moving into the same London building as Twitter’s new offices.

The micro-blogging site is reportedly ditching plans to move its headquarters to 10 Brock Street, near Euston, after Facebook announced this week it was taking space directly below its rival.

Twitter, which floated on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, signed up to occupy the ninth floor of the building in July. On Thursday Facebook revealed that it too was setting up in the building, taking up the three floors directly below Twitter.

While some may see it as a match made in heaven, the two are set to be short-lived neighbours. Twitter is now planning to sublet its 18,000 sq ft floor rather than occupy it, according to Property Week. Twitter has instructed  property agents Jones Lang LaSalle to look for a new 30,000 sq ft space elsewhere in the West End, while its  London team stay put for now at its current offices just north of Oxford Street.

San Francisco-headquartered Twitter may have been put off by Facebook’s grand plans for the building. The social network, which has taken more than four times as much space in the building as Twitter, has hired world renowned architect Frank Gehry to design the interior of its new office, due to open next year.

Gehry, who is also working on Facebook’s new Californian “campus”, is most famous for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and has been called the most “important architect of our age” by Vanity Fair. His plans for Brock Street are unclear but Facebook said the design would encourage an “open, collaborative and fast-moving work culture”.

Facebook also plans to double its London staff to 500, a number thought to dwarf Twitter’s UK team, although it does not disclose exact  numbers. The UK is Twitter’s biggest market after the US and the larger lease it is  looking for hints that it may soon be hiring here.

Facebook has hired Frank Gehry to design the interior of its new office Facebook has hired Frank Gehry to design the interior of its new office (AFP)
Aside from Facebook, other tenants of the 14-storey building include Manchester City Football Club and Debenhams. Brock Street is also just minutes from the site of Google’s new £650m King’s Cross headquarters, construction of which was this week delayed. The search giant’s original plans for the 1 million sq ft complex include an open air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a roof garden and a climbing wall – although architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris have be told by Google to draw up even more ambitious plans.

While Twitter is vacating Brock Street, it is thought it will remain close by. The company is reportedly looking for space in the area between Soho and King’s Cross, rather than opting for east London where a cluster of home-grown technology businesses have emerged.

News of Twitters office exit could wel have gone unnoticed following the company’s float on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares surged 73 per cent on their debut, valuing the company at $31bn. The micro-blogging site’s stock market flotation was the largest public offering since Facebook’s controversial listing last year and Twitter appears to have avoided the hiccups that beset its rival.

Twitter could not be reached for comment, while Facebook declined to comment.

News
people
News
people
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
News
i100
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
News
people
News
The village was originally named Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain after the Celtic female Saint Brigit, but the name was changed 150 years ago to Llansantffraid – a decision which suggests the incorrect gender of the saint
newsA Welsh town has changed its name - and a prize if you can notice how
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic
theatreReview: Kristin Scott Thomas is magnificent in a five-star performance of ‘Electra’
News
Destructive discourse: Jewish boys look at anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on to the walls of the synagogue in March 2006, near Tel Aviv
peopleAt the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
Life and Style
Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...

    QA/BA - Agile

    £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are currently seekin...

    Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Server, Networks

    £40000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Infrastructure En...

    Application Support Analyst - Service Desk - Central London

    £30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analy...

    Day In a Page

    Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

    Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

    A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
    Time to stop running: At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity

    Time to stop running

    At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

    The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
    An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

    An app for the amorous

    Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

    Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

    Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

    After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
    She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

    She's having a laugh

    Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

    Let there be light

    Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
    Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

    Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

    Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
    Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

    A look to the future

    It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
    The 10 best bedspreads

    The 10 best bedspreads

    Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
    Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

    Arsenal vs Galatasaray

    Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
    Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

    This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
    Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

    The children orphaned by Ebola...

    ... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
    Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    Are censors pandering to homophobia?

    US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence