Apple places its UK core in Battersea

Nick Myall
Thursday 29 Sep 2016

A new Apple campus is planned for the historic Battersea power Station site in London

Apple has announced that it will base its new London HQ in Battersea Power Station in the UK. It will become the largest office tenant at the iconic site occupying approximately 500,000 sq ft, across 6 floors of the central Boiler House which is being overhauled by British firm Wilkinson Eyre. Apple is expected to move into the Power Station in 2021.

Battersea Power Station will be Apple’s new London campus and its office will account for circa 40% of the total office space in the whole development.

Apple has said it is looking forward to opening its new London campus at Battersea Power Station in 2021. The tech giant plans to move 1400 employees from existing offices around London to this magnificent new development at one of London’s best known landmarks. Apple has added, that this is a great opportunity to have its entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company: “We are delighted that Apple has chosen to make Battersea Power Station its home in 2021. It is testament to our fantastic building and the wider regeneration of the 42-acre site which offers a carefully curated mix of homes, businesses and leisure amidst 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 our goal.”

It is understood that the transaction represents the largest office letting in London’s wider West End in the last twenty years.

At the heart of the development is the historic Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed Battersea Power Station, a Grade 2* listed former coal-fired power station which is being meticulously restored in consultation with Historic England and will include the Apple office accommodation.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London: "I am delighted that Apple is moving into Battersea Power Station‎, helping to generate new jobs and economic prosperity for Londoners. It is a further sign that London is open to the biggest brands in the world and the leading city for trade and investment."

To the north of the Power Station will be a six-acre public riverside park, and to the south will be a piazza style town square designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group - known as Malaysia Square, which links to the Electric Boulevard and the new London Underground station located at the development.

The Power Station’s incredible rebirth will see 42 acres of Central London riverside land transformed into one of the most exciting and innovative mixed-use neighbourhoods, including 3m sq ft of commercial space of which 1.25m sq ft is office space together with 4,353 new homes, which includes over 600 affordable homes.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of the London Borough of Wandsworth: “I’m very pleased to give Apple a warm welcome to the London Borough of Wandsworth. 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.”

Battersea Power Station is owned by Malaysian shareholders Sime Darby, SP Setia and The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) whose commitment has undoubtedly unlocked the site’s potential. The development is managed by British based Battersea Power Station Development Company.

Nick Myall

News editor

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