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Delays in construction leave Apple's iconic London Battersea offices in doubt

After Apple planned to move 1,400 employees and create a London Cus, Apple reportedly seeks alternatives after the construction project is behind schedule.

Battersea Power Station remains a distinctive feature on the south bank of the River Thames of London, although it has not generated electricity since 1983. The structure has since been abandoned but is now being renovated for use as office space. In 2016, Apple and the Battersea Power Station Development Company announced plans to engage the technology company.

According to plans, Apple planned to occupy space on all six floors of the site and move 1,400 employees. Currently they are spread over eight offices in the city and the goal was to open the facility in 2021. The site was also announced as being developed into a residential area with approximately 20,000 apartments.

Now, however, the newspaper The Times reports that sources say that Apple is looking for alternative sites. It is likely that this is a regular due diligence with Apple ensuring that it is not dependent on a single site.

This news, however, is because the development company confirms that construction delays have led some residential buyers to withdraw from the project.

"We have been delayed for several months, absolutely," says developer Simon Murphy. Speaking of the residential buyers, he added: "We told everyone what the situation was, we gave them the chance to stay or leave, and I'm glad that 80 percent said they will stay."

Apple declined to comment and no other company currently on the site or joining has confirmed that Battersea is no longer active.

"We will give [Apple] that building at the end of 2021. That's what everyone has a lot of confidence at the moment, "Murphy said. And you will probably see Apple coming a while later. Their fit-out [installing services, furniture and IT] is a big job. "

Battersea Power Station has been empty since it was closed in 1983. In 2012, the site was purchased by a consortium of companies from Malaysia. The building is not as directly known outside London as in the -Battersea Power Station remains iconic because of its appearances in art and music.

The building with its four chimneys was on the cover of Pink Floyd & # 39; s Animals and in the movie Help out by the Beatles. In 1965 it was included in one Doctor who .

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