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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Apple plans new 'spaceship' HQ

Apple has revealed plans for a new "spaceship" headquarters in California.

Shane Richmond

Apple plans to build a new four-storey building that will hold 12,000 people, close to its current headquarters in Cupertino, California.

On Tuesday, the day after addressing developers at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, presented his company’s plans to the Cupertino City Council.

“Apple has grown like a weed,” Mr Jobs said. “It’s clear that we need to build a new campus. We’re just out of space. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need the one we’ve got - we do need it - but we need another one to augment it.”

Presenting the plans for the circular building with a large open-air courtyard in the middle, Mr Jobs said: “It’s a little like a spaceship landed.”

The new building would be built on a 150-acre site that Apple bought from computer manufacturer HP earlier this year.

Mr Jobs told the council that Apple hopes to submit plans “fairly quickly.” He added: “We want to break ground next year and we want to move in by 2015.”

He told the council that Apple would almost double the number of trees on the site and use underground parking to increase the amount of open space. The site will include an auditorium and its own power plant.

Asked by a member of the council whether the benefits of the new building would include free WiFi, Mr Jobs joked: “I’m a simpleton. I’ve always had this view that we pay taxes and the city should do those things. If we can get out of paying taxes, I’ll be glad to put up wifi.”

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