Apple to move its London headquarters to landmark Battersea building

The firm is also said to be moving one of its divisions to Cork

Apple to move its London headquarters to landmark Battersea building

A general view of Battersea Power Station, illuminated at night, in London | Image: Richard Gray / EMPICS Entertainment

Apple has unveiled plans to create its London headquarters at Battersea Power Station, one of the British capital's most recognisable landmarks.

The technology giant will occupy about 40% of the Grade II listed development, with 1,400 staff to be relocated to the complex in 2021.

In a statement, Apple said it was a "great opportunity to have its entire team working and collaborating in one location while supporting the renovation of a neighbourhood rich with history".

Battersea Power Station, a former electricity generator, has stood unoccupied for decades on the banks of the River Thames - with its four towering chimneys forming a prominent part of the city's skyline.

It has undergone a multibillion-pound restoration in recent years and Rob Tincknell, the chief executive of the development company behind the project, said he was "delighted" by Apple's decision.

Politicians have also praised Apple's move, with London mayor Sadiq Khan saying the relocation will help generate new jobs and economic prosperity for Londoners.

It comes as the tech giant has also announced plans to move its iTunes business from Luxembourg to Ireland.