Amazon is turning its back on its UK headquarters in Slough and moving to a new 15-storey office around the corner from Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch

The US retail giant is set to take up two thirds of the £500 million Principal Place development which spans 600,000 square feet across a plot situated between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.

Plans suggest that it will have a swimming pool, tennis court and basketball court on the roof terrace.

Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.co.uk, said: “We have already invested over £1 billion and created more than 7,000 permanent jobs across the UK. To support our continued growth in the UK, we have secured this building giving us the capacity to hire thousands of new employees in London.”

Construction is due to begin later this month and Amazon will move in the year after the development’s completion in 2016.

The company currently has two corporate offices in London. They include 60 Holborn Viaduct, which opened last year, and the Amazon Development Centre, which opened on Glasshouse Yard, near the Barbican, in 2012.

Amazon is yet to decide which London office will become the company's new HQ.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I am very pleased that Amazon have confirmed their intention to create thousands of new jobs at a new base in east London. We are proving time and again that we have the right places and people to support this vibrant sector.”

Another US tech giant in the process of relocating its UK headquarters is Google. The Mountain View-headquartered firm was due to move into a new £600 million office in King's Cross in 2017 but building work is yet to start and the firm told Techworld last week that it now has no target date for moving in.

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