Apple will be moving its UK headquarters to the former Battersea Power Station, London’s iconic brick building. If you have Pink Floyd’s iconic 1977 album “Animals,” you will see the building portrayed in the background. The building’s redevelopment is part of an estimated $16.5 billion mega-development of the Nine Elms area. This easily becomes the most expensive developments in the city’s history. Apple will relocate its 1,400 UK employees to the building after the $1.26 billion restoration is completed in 2021. The tech giant will occupy more than 40 percent of the office spaces in the station. The former power station now serves as the center of the larger redevelopment project that has been dubbed the Battersea Power Station Development, and features apartments, hotels, roof gardens, parks, and office spaces that will be divided into nine phases. The Battersea Power Station redevelopment alone will cost an estimated $9.9 billion in its ongoing transformation.
A Malaysian consortium and architectural firm, Wilkinson Eyre, will be the lead company in the power station’s development, and this includes a building conversion towards luxury condominiums, a theater, an event space, shops, and offices. The Battersea Power Station is located in southwest London bordering the Thames River. The office spaces that Apple will occupy will be the station’s former boiler rooms that were decommissioned in 1983. Apple has been the first company so far to sign up for office space. All the office spaces in the former station occupies a 500,000 square foot space, spread over six floors. The concept will be an exposed brick and industrial aesthetic and the trend towards authentic but relaxing work spaces rather than the traditional sterilized 1980’s style spaces. The entrance to Apple’s office will have a large concrete atrium. Three glass elevators will take employees where they need to go. People will also notice that the four tall smoke stacks have been retained.
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That’s because anyone can ride a glass elevator inside the chimney station going to ride up a viewing deck and have an awesome view of the entire city. In addition to offices, the building will also have shops, a theater that will seat 2,000 people, and a standing event space. The former station will also feature some 197 apartments, 34 two-story villas, and 2 penthouses. The price range for the apartments will be from $372,000 to $30 million. After all is said and done, the full redevelopment project looks and feels just like a mini-city. If you’re not familiar with the iconic London brick building, it appeared in movies such as “The Dark Knight” and “The King’s Speech.” First occupancy will start around the middle of 2017. Some Londoners, however, have criticized the Nine Elms project as nothing more than targeting and being funded by wealthy foreign buyers, rather than giving locals a chance into the project. In fact, according to The Guardian, majority of the $16.5 billion investment comes from foreign developers, particularly from Malaysia and China.