Computer Associates (CA) plans to open its new European headquarters in Ditton Park, Thames Valley, by autumn 1999 at a cost of #100 million.
The firm currently has 500 UK staff, but expects to double this to 1,000 by the time the new site is opened. It is also establishing educational links with universities and the local towns of Datchet and Slough to train local people up for employment.
Charles Wang, CA?s president and chief executive, said: ?We?re bringing our US strategies to Europe and some of our top executives will be brought over to implement our plans - to help centralise global accounts and reseller programmes. The headquarters will deal with the administration of sales, marketing and accounting, but it will be more R&D-focused. It will continue to focus particularly on our client/server products, Jasmine and Ingres.?
The office will be 250,000 square feet when complete, but CA is also restoring the original Grade Two listed Manor House as a training centre and 'Open Virtual Environment Centre', where users can see CA products being demonstrated.
It is also renovating the original grounds, gardens and waterways designed by Capability Brown, and is installing a baseball pitch for local people to use.
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