Apple has signed the lease for a large new headquarters to be located in London's iconic Battersea Power Station. A heritage-protected former coal-fired power station situated on the banks of the River Thames, the site is currently undergoing a significant £8 billion (US$10 billion) redevelopment.
While perhaps not quite as impressive as its Californian "spaceship" campus, Apple's UK headquarters is still a significant undertaking and will mean the firm can relocate around 1,400 of its employees currently working in several offices around London under one roof.
Aiming to move in by 2021, Apple will occupy roughly 500,000 sq ft (46,451 sq m) of floorspace across six floors of the power station's Boiler House. This represents approximately 40 percent of the total office space available in the cavernous building, which is described as Europe's largest brick building by the developers.
Apple staff will be able to enjoy amenities which include a rooftop garden, extensive landscaping, a cinema, and a riverside park. In addition, BIG is pegged to develop a town square, though, alas, there won't be a rollercoaster.
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