泰晤士报:英国石油公司计划出售伦敦总部

原标题:泰晤士报:英国石油公司计划出售伦敦总部

中国石化新闻网讯 据彭博新闻社2020年8月31日伦敦报道,英国《泰晤士报》周日报道,由于英国石油公司(BP)正在进行裁员并采用弹性工作制,BP计划出售其位于伦敦市中心的总部。

《泰晤士报》没有援引任何人的消息称,BP计划在永久离开前把位于圣詹姆斯广场的办公大楼从新主人手中租回最长两年。BP在英国拥有6500名办公人员。BP拒绝就该报道置评。

在许多员工因疫情大流行开始在家工作后,BP加入了其他雇主改变工作方式的行列。BP首席执行官伯纳德•鲁尼曾表示,BP将把公司办公和家庭办公结合起来。

这项计划凸显了房地产市场面临的不确定性,这是因为疫情让办公室工作人员在厨房或起居室里办公,导致伦敦金融城、金丝雀码头等商业中心以及伦敦其他地方的高楼被清空。

8月份,在伦敦,只有13%的人回到了他们的办公室。《泰晤士报》援引对手机数据的分析称,在全国63个最大的城市中心,这一数字为17%。

《泰晤士报》称,BP在2001年以1.17亿英镑(1.56亿美元)的价格买下了这栋大楼作为公司总部,这栋大楼而今售价可能超过3亿英镑。

李峻 编译自 彭博社

原文如下:

BP Reportedly Planning to Sell London HQ

BP Plc plans to sell its headquarters in central London as it cuts jobs and adopts flexible working, The Times reported on Sunday.

The oil major, which employs 6,500 office staff in the U.K., plans to rent back the building on St. James’s Square from the new owner for as long as two years before leaving for good, the newspaper said, without citing anyone. BP declined to comment on the report.

BP joins other employers that are changing their work styles after many employees began working at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Executive Officer Bernard Looney has said the company will move to a mixture of home and office working.

The plan highlights the uncertainty the property market is facing as the coronavirus sent office workers to setups in their kitchens or living rooms, emptying towers in the City and Canary Wharf business centers and elsewhere across London.

Only 13% of people were back to their offices this month in London. Across the nation’s 63 biggest urban centers the number was 17%, the newspaper said, citing analysis of mobile phone data.

The building, which BP bought for 117 million pounds ($156 million) in 2001, could be priced at more than 300 million pounds today, the newspaper said.