The Silicon Valley giant is set to expand its UK office footprint from London to Cambridge, where Microsoft, Sony and Siemens already have bases, according to an article published by Business Weekly.
Specifically, Apple is understood to have its eye on the 90 Hills Road building.
The property’s website states: “90 Hills Road is a stand alone office building located in one of the most prominent locations on Hills Road, in a key area of Cambridge City and within the heart of the business district.
“The office accommodation comprises rectangular floor plates. At high level the second floor is set back and provides spectacular views over the Botanic Garden from the roof terrace and is conveniently south facing. This space can be used for office, meeting or social break out space. The lower ground floor consists of secure and gated car and cycle parking, toilet, shower, changing facilities and plant spaces.”
Business Weekly suggests that Apple would ‘probably’ employ around 20 staff at the site to begin with, adding that there is space in the office to hire an additional 20 people. The publication also reported that Apple would use the site to do research and development activities, probably in conjunction with the University of Cambridge.
Any move by Apple into the Cambridge area would likely be a significant boost for city’s already-strong technology sector, which has spawned tech heavyweights such as chip architect ARM and Mike Lynch‘s Autonomy.
Today the city is still a hotbed of innovation. Cambridge startup Neul was snapped up by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei for a reported US$25 million just two months ago, while chip manufacturer Qualcomm is rumoured to be interested in Silicon Radio, another local firm.
London is the only other city in the UK where Apple has an office, despite efforts from the UK government over the last 25 years to convince the company to expand its footprint.
The firm also has R&D centres in Shanghai, Israel and Taiwan.
The Cambridge tech industry comprises around 1400 companies employing more than 53,000 people.