Apple is set to get a new British headquarters, inside London's iconic Battersea Power Station, the developers of the site have announced.
The Standard reports that the company will be moving 1400 staff from eight different locations around London to all work on its new campus, and it will enable them to work together for the first time. To make it happen, the company will be occupying all six floors of office space that are being built inside the iconic plant. Over all, it apparently has room for 3000 staff, giving Apple plenty of scope to expand - and the Apple campus as a whole looks set to use up a full 40% of the office space currently under development.
The news will no doubt come as an enormous sigh of relief for the consortium of Malaysian developers that are currently working to redevelop the Battersea site into a new mixed use development of homes, offices and retail space. Previously, the site had spent 33 years derelict, despite numerous attempts by various developers and London local government to kickstart the building of something new.
The turning point appeared to come in 2014 when Transport for London approved the building of the Northern Line Extension to the site - which will enable people to get there without either a car or a fairly torturous bus ride. The new extension will split off the Charing Cross branch of the line at Kennington and extend out to Nine Elms, where a new station will be created, and then on to Battersea Power Station.
According to the Standard, the first residents will move into the new blocks of flats in December, and the first shops and restaurants are expected to open in the Spring. Apple, however, won't be cutting the ribbon on the new HQ until 2021 as the main power station still needs a lot of work to get finished, including the reconstruction of its famous chimneys, which dominate the South London skyline. [Standard]