The landmark Battersea Power Station in London, England will house Apple’s new corporate headquarters, which will open early in 2019. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, this is a “commitment to Apple’s future in the UK.”
As part of a plan to consolidate all of the iPhone maker’s existing offices throughout the city and bring employees into one central location, Apple announced plans for its new UK headquarters in 2016. Originally, the enormous 500,000 square feet of office space was stated to create room for up to 3000 employees as part of a plan to open in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project’s completion.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, expressed his “delight” that Apple chose London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the new location in the iconic former power station on the south bank of the River Thames. At the time the plans were first revealed, Apple confirmed that its European offices would remain in Cork, Ireland, where it employs 4,000 people. This marked one of the largest single office deals signed in London outside of the City and Docklands area.
Cook was seen snapping selfies with employees on Sunday at Apple Covent Garden in London. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s leader of retail + people, was also sighted there.
Earlier today, Apple and the Southbank Centre, the greatest cultural institution in the UK, announced a collaboration to bring Apple’s worldwide Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to the nation, offering tools and resources to promote budding Black talent and creatives there.