Apple UK HQ moving to iconic Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station consists of two power stations built fifty years apart, but the building is renowned for its unique appearance, which is known across the world. (It’s almost as iconic as Tower Bridge). The building is also remarkable for its wonderful Art Deco interior fittings and décor. It is currently being restored after a criminal 33-years of being abandoned.
Apple will occupy six floors (500,000 square feet) in the iconic central boiler house. The company is expected to move in in 2021. It currently employs over 1,400 people in London. “This is a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighborhood rich with history,” the company said.
Good for business
“I’m very pleased to give Apple a warm welcome to the London Borough of Wandsworth,” added Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Borough Council. “Apple will become the largest employer in the Borough and we are hugely excited that they will play a keen and active role in our local community.”
It’s also highly likely to boost nearby property prices as Apple employees hunt around for good places to live within walking distance. Hopefully, it will also see a few more dogs and cats rehomed or otherwise sponsored as Apple employees visit the area’s other iconic institution, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Perhaps even dogs like these will find help.
The location will also offer three floors of shops, 253 apartments around a “garden square in the sky”, a 2,000-seater auditorium and cinemas in a scheme designed by London architects Wilkinson Eyre.
Apple’s European HQ will remain in Cork, Ireland.