Apple Is Setting Up A HQ In One Of London's Most Iconic Buildings

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Apple has always been known for the elegant design of its products and the simplistic splendour of its stores, but that trademark apparently stretches to its own workplace, too.

The tech giant has today announced that it will move its UK headquarters to Battersea Power Station - a boost for the £8 billion regeneration of the Grade-II listed building which has been unoccupied for decades on the banks of the River Thames.

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Apple has agreed to take 500,000 sq ft of office space across six floors in the central boiler house of the power station, moving around 1,400 employees currently working in the capital into the building by 2021.

The Cupertino-based company told the Evening Standard in a statement: "This is a great opportunity to have our entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history."

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Chancellor Philip Hammond said that the deal is "another vote of confidence in the UK economy".

He added: "Apple's decision further strengthens London's position as a global technology hub and demonstrates how the UK is at the forefront of the next steps in the tech revolution."

Apple's main European HQ will remain in Ireland, where it employs 4,000 people.

Of course, the company was ordered by the European Commission to pay €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland last month - a ruling that neither Apple NOR Ireland was happy about.

From: Digital Spy