Apple's main headquarters in Europe is in Cork, Ireland, but that does not mean that the company does not have a presence in other countries over there. At the UK, for example, it has 1,430 employees who work spread over 8 different locations. That, however, change.
According to London Evening Standard, Ma plans to occupy part of the Battersea Thermoelectric Plant, in London (yes, the album "Animals" by Pink Floyd), located on the south bank of the River Thames, which is being carefully restored after 33 years of neglect.
Representatives of Apple told the newspaper that they are looking forward to the opening of the site in 2021, in what they called "a magnificent development" in one of the city's best-known historic landmarks. “This is a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in a single location, supporting the renovation of a neighborhood rich in history.”
If everything goes as planned, Apple will be the biggest tenant of the new 170,000 square meter complex (which includes houses, offices, shops and leisure facilities), dominating 46,400 square meters (capacity for up to 3,000 people, as well higher than the current number of corporate employees). Its new campus will represent about 40% of the office space being built on the site of the plant.
Apple occupies the top 6 floors inside, surrounded by a huge central trio. There will also be 2 storeys, 253 apartments around a square with a hanging garden, a 2,000-seat auditorium and cinemas all designed by WilkinsonEyre architects. A new metro station, from the Northern Line, is due to be ready in 2020 to serve the location.
Also according to the newspaper, it is one of the biggest deals involving signed individual offices in London (outside the city and Docklands) in the last 20 years.