The company is said to be moving 1,400 staff from eight different sites around the city to 'a new Apple campus' at the former electricity generator site. The power station stopped generating electricity in 1983 but more recently a viable new masterplan by Rafael Viñoly has reframed its redevelopment as part of a wider neighbourhood. This includes improved infrastructure via an extension to the London Underground's Northern Line and connections with nearby developments at Nine Elms including the US Embassy and New Covent Garden market.
Employees will occupy all six floors of office space in the brick 'cathedral of power' which is being restored after having been abandoned for 33 years.
In a statement, Apple said it was looking forward to the 2021 opening of 'our new London campus' as staff relocates to 'this magnificent new development at one of the city’s best-known landmarks'.
"This is a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history."
The deal took about a year to negotiate. Battersea Power Station Development CEO Rob Tincknell said: “We are delighted Apple chose to make this their home in 2021. It is a testament to not only the fantastic building but the wider regeneration of the 42-acre site, which offers a carefully curated mix of homes, businesses and leisure amid extraordinary open spaces and new transport links. It has always been our clear objective to create one of London’s most thriving new communities and this commitment from Apple will undoubtedly help us achieve this goal.”
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