Tech giant Apple is to set up its London headquarters inside Battersea Power Station’s revamped Boiler House – the WilkinsonEyre-designed centrepiece of the site’s £9 billion redevelopment
The US company has signed a lease agreement with the Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) to take six floors of office space (around 46,000m²) within Giles Gilbert Scott’s reworked masterpiece, making it the largest tenant on the scheme.
The move means the iPad and iPhone maker will occupy around 40 per cent of the total office space across the whole development and by 2021 is expected to move 1,400 employees from half a dozen sites around London into what it calls ‘a new Apple campus’.
The current plans for the Grade II*-listed Boiler House were first shown off in late 2013 (see AJ 03.11.13) and include 40,000m² of shops, 248 homes around a ‘garden square in the sky’ and a ‘great glass elevator’ in one of the chimneys.
Rob Tincknell, the chief executive of BPSDC said: ’[This move] 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 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 our goal.’
The Boiler House is the second stage of the eight-phase Battersea development, with the first phase of 865 flats designed by dRMM and SimpsonHaugh and Partners now nearing completion.The first homeowners will begin to move into the development at the end of this year, with the first commercial tenants arriving in 2017.
Battersea power station development masterplan with phases