Apple has confirmed it will open a London campus at Battersea Power Station in 2021, which will serve 3,000 employees.
An Apple spokeswoman has confirmed that the company’s European headquarters will remain in Cork, Ireland.
The opening of the new London base means that eight of Apple’s London offices will close and their employees will be moved to the new site.
“Our entire team in one location”
In a statement Apple says that “1,400 Apple employees from existing offices around London will relocate to the magnificent new development at one of London’s best known landmarks.”
Although Apple was unable to confirm what the remit of the campus would be and what work would be carried out there, it says: “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.”
Current Apple offices include Hanover Street, Mayfair and St James Street, Covent Garden.
Apple will be largest tenant
The Battersea Power Station Development Company says that Apple will be the largest office tenant at Battersea Power Station occupying around 464,000 m2 of the central boiler house area across six floors. This is 40% of the entire development.
The entire development is worth £9bn and will also include mixed-use residential and retail space as well as a 2000-seater auditorium and cinemas designed by Wilkinson Eyre. In 2020 it will be connected with the extended Northern Line of the London Underground.
An architectural consortium behind the redesign includes Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Foster + Partners, Gehry Partners and Bjarke Ingels Group.
Battersea Power Station was decommissioned in 1983 and has passed through the hands of several owners before Malaysian companies SP Setia and Sime Darby bought the site in 2012.