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Futuristic Apple HQ Plans D-layed

Nov. 21, 2012

Apple's futuristic new headquarters has been hit by old-fashioned red tape delays and will not be ready for occupancy until 2016, Bloomberg news service reported Wednesday.

Apple had originally planned to break ground on its new building this year, but that has been pushed back to 2014 due to delays in completing the environmental impact study of the massive new structure, which will accommodate up to 12,000 employees.

The building, designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, features an enormous closed ring design which many, including the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, have compared to a UFO. Jobs laid out plans for the building last year just months before his death, and it is expected to be one of his enduring legacies to the company.

The building, which will sit on a 71 hectare site close to the company's current headquarters in Cupertino, California will be one of the largest in the world with a floor area of 260,000 square metres. It will include an underground garage with space for 10,000 cars and the campus will feature over 7,000 trees.

The report said that the city intends to post the development plans online in the next few weeks after it bolsters its servers to cope with the expected deluge of interest from Apple fans worldwide.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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