Apple Planning New UK Headquarters in London's Historic Battersea Power Station

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    Apple is working on building an all-new campus location in London's Battersea Power Station, where 1,400 employees will be moved from eight locations around London to occupy the company's new UK offices (via Evening Standard). Battersea is currently under a "painstaking" restoration process after 33 years of being abandoned, with a predicted opening date for Apple's offices expected sometime in 2021.

    For the site, Apple is leasing 500,000 square feet in total, making it one of Apple's largest offices outside of its monolithic campuses in the United States. The company's official European headquarters is said to remain in Cork, Ireland, where 4,000 of its employees work.

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    Rendering of redeveloped Battersea campus with historic brick power station in center

    Apple's "central function" employees are believed to be relocated to Battersea, including individuals in finance and human resources. The 42-acre location isn't dedicated solely to Apple, with various other residential, office, and retail shops planned for the area. The Cupertino-based company is predicted to occupy about 40 percent of the total office space at Battersea once everything is finished, with enough room for 3,000 employees.
    The first tenants will move into the Battersea complex's apartments as early as December, with shops and restaurants coming in the spring of 2017. Apple will keep working in various other London offices -- including locations in Hanover Street and James Street -- until the completion of its section of Battersea in 2021.

    In California, construction on Apple Campus 2 is continuing to inch closer to the site's expected completion by the end of the year. The newest drone video shows the 2.8 million square foot campus with a nearly-complete main building as workers begin to focus on landscape additions and finishing up the glass facade of the circular building.

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    Seem like an intersection choice of venue.

    The station will be near the Northern Line on the Underground Northern Line extension project.
     
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    That's the power plant on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals...

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    Yup, Apple and Pink Floyd together at last, I'm sure I've had this dream before. I say dream, let's call it an illusion while awake :D
     
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    Don't forget 'Battersea Park' Railway Station that has been there for more than a century.
    The nearest bridge over the Thames is the line in/out of Victoria Station.
     
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    Perhaps they'll be a giant inflatable apple flying over the site!
     
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    My all-time favorite album and Dogs is my all-time favorite song. Pure brilliance!
     
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    Well you never know, with Brexit and Ireland having to ask for more tax perhaps they can move their entire EU headquaters over here in a few years time..
     
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    It's also just down the road from the new US Embassy (moving from Grosvenor Square; opening next year) and just round the corner from where I live! :p
     
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    This is good news always had a soft spot for power station but would have no qualms with parliament square being torn down.
     
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    Brexit makes it impossible for U.K. to get Apple's EU headquarters. And Ireland still has the lowest corporate tax rate (that they didn't ask from Apple and now have to) in EU and U.K. so that's no reason to move either.
     
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    And they started recording the album the very same month that Apple was founded :O
     
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    You never know, they were talking a while back about the possibility of lowering corporate tax in the U.K. after the split to try and lure in more companies. I think it'd be a cold day in hell, but you never know :D
     
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    True, but it doesn't change the fact that UK headquarters wouldn't legally be able to use EU profits without them having been taxed in the EU before. Apple needs its European headquarters to be within the EU. They might use London for profits made elsewhere (non-US, non-EU) that now run through Ireland.
     
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    But surely it wouldn't be an Apple EU headquarter then anyway.
     
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    Aye true enough, there is that.
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    Aye, but he said lure it over here. He never said anything about keeping it EU. Of course then they'd need a new EU headquarters, maybe a p.o box in Switzerland.
     
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    Battersea Park isn't exactly main line though is it?
     
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    Those of us on this side of the pond have been wondering if this kind of fuzzy-headedness led to the Brexit vote. Of course, you are undoubtedly scratching your own heads at OUR election campaign. :(
     
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    Maybe, though I had a clear head on the day of the election. Today, well the last time I slept was Saturday and I've had a pile of morphine. Tends to create a slight fuzzy-headedness. Well there's that and the fact that that comment you refer to was far from being an actual serious suggestion.
     
  24. tw1ll macrumors regular

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    If they can afford to rent that much office space in that particular new development then they can afford to pay full wack to the tax man in the UK especially since they have been gouging us on their prices for years. If you convert the tax they have deliberately evaded globally (along with Alphabet, McDonalds, Starbucks, Amazon - Oh look all US companies!) into hospitals and schools, their host Nations societies would be significantly better off. Like so many knighted individuals Ive should be stripped of his honour for working for such a morally bankrupt company.
     

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