Apple has settled on a new base of operations in London: Battersea Power Station. The iconic landmark, situated on the Southwest side of the city, has laid mostly dormant since its closure in 1983. A huge regeneration effort is now underway, however, which will include a mixture of offices, restaurants and stores. Apple has agreed to take six floors inside the central Boiler House, accommodating 1,400 of its workforce. As the Evening Standard reports, this will cover its “central function” staff who are currently based in other offices, such as the one in Hanover Street, Mayfair.
The company will move in 2021, once the bulk of the new campus has been completed. The money involved is a mystery, but the deal has been described as “the largest office letting in London’s wider West End” for the last 20 years. The six floors will cover 500,000 square feet, making Apple the largest office tenant in the area. The new space can fit up to 3,000 people, ensuring the company can hire and transfer more employees down the line if needed. “It’s a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history,” an Apple spokesperson said.
Here’s an artist’s impression of the new site: