After deciding to turn Battersea Power Station into their new base in London, Apple is now reported to be seeking alternative premises elsewhere due to delays in construction.
The original plan was for Apple to occupy six floors in the iconic power station, which has undergone a massive renovation. The proposed move would mean that all 1,400 members of staff were working under the same roof instead of being scattered about in the eight offices across London, as with their current situation. It was hoped that Battersea Power Station would become the London campus of the tech giant.
However, the American based company is now looking into alternatives in the city, in case of delays to construction at Battersea.
The Chief Executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company, Simon Murphy, said that while he was optimistic that Apple would have the building by the close of 2020, the construction was delayed by several months.
While reports have stated that Apple has been discussing the extension of leases and the use of temporary premises with property managers in the UK, this is a standard safeguarding measure with a company such as Apple, who will take care with due diligence when it comes to large-scale moves such as this one.
The original plan was for Apple to move their teams to Battersea Power Station by 2021, which is in line with the 2020 prediction from Murphy and allow them ample opportunity to make the space suitable for their business. If this is the case, the backup plans that they are making are likely to be precautionary in nature. However, many residential purchasers have withdrawn due to the construction delays.
If the proposed move goes ahead, Apple will occupy 500,000 square feet in the central Boiler House of the Battersea Power Station, which amounts to roughly 40% of the space overall.
While many endeavours have been made to redefine the building, such as a failed effort to turn it into an amusement park, Battersea Power Station halted power generation in 1983. It has been left vacant ever since. In 2012, it was sold to Malaysian developers after sitting on the South Bank of the Thames for 29 years.
Since purchasing the Grade II listed building, the developers have pledged £1 billion, including the restoration of the famous white chimneys. Phase one of the redevelopment scheme has finished, with the completion of 865 apartments and commercial spaces.