How do I politely tell them I'd like to keep my current working setup if/when they move the rest of the UK people into that small open office?
The most polite way is referring to the non-existing location in your contract.
When they first approach you about moving, you can say you are willing to renegotiate the contract if they plan on incorporating a fixed ...
How do I politely tell them I'd like to keep my current working setup
if/when they move the rest of the UK people into that small open
You just talk. You explain, as you have here, that you would prefer to continue working from home, and you explain why.
I do not have any worry about them saying "no" as I can find another
contract within a ...
I joined this company around 1.5 months ago
They've just hired one more person ... and now the lead person in the UK
Your company has hired 2 people in less than 2 months, can it be on an expansion mode? Since the newest member is a lead, maybe he knows about these plans more than you would?
Now the lead person in the UK (London) says we will get an ...
If your contract don't state place (or method) of where work should be performed then adding such requirment would require appendix to your contract.
And that leave you open for negotiation. Requiring you to commute to workplace means your income will be lower.
You agreed on X pay based on the fact that you will work from home. Commute will change that pay ...