You might recognize the four chimneys of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station from Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover or from Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight—but you may soon begin to associate them with Apple’s brand new London offices.
Apple announced today it plans to relocate 1,400 employees to a new campus inside London’s famed Grade II building in 2021, which is currently undergoing renovation. The Silicon Valley giant will become the largest office tenant across six floors in the central boiler house, taking up roughly 40 percent of the space inside of the power station.
The former coal-powered electricity generator has occupied its spot along the Thames River for decades. Construction on the plant started back in 1927, and was met with protests from people who worried that the pollution from the plant would hurt painting at the Tate Gallery nearby or buildings.
As decades (and the industrial revolution) passed, the building became one of the most visible landmarks in London. The structure has been featured in dozens of movies including Alfred Hitchock’s 1936 film Sabotage, The Beatle’s 1965 film Help!, and the 2006 film Children of Men. Its dingy facilities have been used as a setting of the working conditions modern industrialization.
Now, as one of the biggest renovations in Europe, the plant will likely become known to a younger generation as one of the newest and most ostentatious neighborhoods in the world. Battersea Power Station is actually part of a bigger renovation project called Nine Elms that is taking place across 480 acres on the riverbank.
Investors have already dumped more than $19 billion into the Nine Elms project. Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys will be kept in tact during the renovation, and the Nine Elms project will add 800 apartments, offices, shops, gym, spa, and even a theater nearby. Apartments in the area range from a studio at roughly $440,067 to penthouses that cost about $7,811,850. I you’re interested in moving into the newly renovated area, you’d better start saving now—or just try to lock down one of those well-paid Apple engineer gigs.