Reportedly, the British arm of Sony Music will leave its West London base and will join Universal Music, Facebook and Google in the rapidly growing music, technology and media center of the capital at King's Cross.
Second Property Week, the music label is approaching an agreement to occupy six floors and 124,000 square feet of office space at 4 Handyside Street, located in the heart of North London's district. Sony Music declined to comment on the reported move, which is not scheduled for 2021.
If it is correct, Sony will again be close to Universal Music, which has moved from its long-time home in West London to King's Cross last year. Google's UK offices are also in the once-prosperous and prosperous Kings Cross neighborhood with Silicon Valley technology giant planning to build a new 11-story Landscaper campus near its current base. Once completed, it will be the first building owned and designed by Google outside the United States.
Last year, it was announced that Facebook had signed an agreement to acquire 611,000 square feet of space in three buildings at King's Cross. The new Facebook offices, which include hanging gardens and panoramic terraces, should be open in 2021.
Present at King's Cross is the UK rights authoring company PRS for Music, Vevo, the British newspaper The Guardian, the media multinational Havas, Louis Vuitton and the University of the Arts of London (home of Central Saint Martins, whose pupils include Stella McCartney, PJ Harvey and Pulp Singer Jarvis Cocker).
Meanwhile, a stone's throw away is Tileyard Studios, a large complex with over 80 recording studios and over 100 offices including Mark Ronson, Chase & Status, 100 Management, Notting Hill Music publisher and Spitfire Audio among its clients .
Whether or when Sony will join them at King's Cross – located near Camden, St. Pancras International train station and Regent's Park – will only leave Warner Music in Kensington, the wealthy West London neighborhood which has long been home to the British music industry.