Delay in completing the new Apple London campus inside the icon Battersea Power Station led to the company renting additional space inside the city’s tallest skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate.
The company’s new campus was supposed to be completed late last year, but that was delayed due to a pandemic and other factors…
Delay at the Apple London campus
Apple employees in London have historically been divided into eight different locations, including offices above its flagship store on Regent Street.
We first learned that Apple is opening a new campus in the UK inside the icon Battersea Power Plant Building 2016. Soon after, we saw renderings of the surrounding development. The campus is planned to be a new home for about 1,400 Apple employees on six floors, on a total of 500,000 square feet.
The development got its brand new subway station, which opened a few months ago, but it seems that things are still not ready for Apple’s entire workforce to move into London. The company started making backup plans back in 2018 on a “just in case” basis, and now I’m probably very grateful that it is!
Extra space in the new skyscraper
Apple Post spotted a paywall report The Times that the Cupertino-based company also leased additional office space in a new London skyscraper, known only by the address Bishopsgate 22. and walkie-talkies.)
Apple took over two floors in the building for its Apple Pay team, it was announced back in 2019, but the company has now rented additional space.
From the report for 2019.
The world’s first trillion-dollar company has agreed to lease about 100,000 square feet in 22 Bishopsgate, a 62-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building in the city, the capital’s financial district, when completed next year.
The deal comes a year later The Times revealed that Apple has started making contingency plans in case of delays in the construction of the planned headquarters in the renovated Battersea power plant.
The latest report says that Apple has now leased three more floors.
Apple has taken over three more floors of office space at 22 Bishopsgate, the newest skyscraper in the City of London.
The world’s largest technology company, worth 2.5 billion dollars, has been renting two floors on the 62-storey tower since the works were completed at this time last year. It is understood that Apple has now agreed to take over three more floors – about 75,000 square feet – according to people familiar with the deal.
While Apple Post describes the area as a financial district of London, which implies that the placement of the Apple Pay team there would be logical, the situation is a bit more complicated. The skyscraper is located within the City of London – an area of one square mile that was the historic financial center of the capital. However, the lack of space has led banks and financial services companies to relocate most of their operations to the Docklands, into the massive development that lies around Canary Wharf. This left more old schools in the city, so it’s a bit surprising that Apple Pay would be based there rather than in Canary Wharf.
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