Apple is to create a spectacular new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station in a massive coup for the developers behind the £9 billion project.
The iPhone and iPad maker will move 1,400 staff from eight sites around the capital into what it calls “a new Apple campus” at the Grade II* listed former electricity generator.
Its employees will occupy all six floors of office space in the brick “cathedral of power”, which is being painstakingly restored after 33 years standing derelict on the banks of the Thames.
The first time I visited London in 1982, I recall walking along the Thames and seeing the Battersea Power Station from a distance. I followed the river for a couple of miles in order to visit that astounding building. Of course, it was familiar from being on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album.
Last year, in London, I was in he neighborhood again, and it remains one of the most impressive buildings in that city. It looks so anachronistic where it stands, and the towers are massive. As this article says, there’s a lot of development in that area, and Apple moving into such a unique building is perfect. I just hope the inaugurate it with a paling of the Pink Floyd album, and with a pig floating in the air.