Apple leasing 100,000 square feet of new London office space
As of currently, Apple houses its UK corporate employees in three different sites dotted around London. However, with these new plans they are set to concentrate them in one specified Apple campus in London. It will be six floors and consist of around 500,000 square-feet in total. This campus will be based in the former Battersea power station.
However, the first stage of Apple’s plans before this move, is the lease of 100,000 square-feet office in Bishopsgate, which will be located in a brand new 62 storey skyscraper set for completion in 2020.
Once completed, it will be the second tallest building in London, and it is located right inside the financial district of London. The Battersea Power Station Development Company, the company that is in charge of completing the build of Apple’s new Battersea Power Station campus, said it is on track to finish construction on time.
What will Apple use these offices for? It is said they will use them to house teams working on the payment service Apple Pay. They will also be neighbours of major firms like Beazley and Hiscox, two top insurance companies, and the US law firm Cooley.
The building will not just serve a corporate purpose however, as the new campus is set to have access to the highest free public viewing gallery, located at the 58th floor. It will also house a curated art walk on the ground floor of the building.
Lastly, it will house London’s biggest cycle park, and a wellbeing retreat. 2,300 workers are currently working on renovating the power station, at a cost of almost £2 million per-day. Some parts of the restoration are behind schedule, with restoration taking ‘longer than expected’.