SharkNinja and Battersea Power Station Corporations are pleased to announce that 25,000 square feet of new office space, Switch House Hall, within the Grade II listed power station has been taken over by the global manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and home appliances.
The new office adds to SharkNinja’s existing footprint in the UK and forms a key part of the continued expansion of the business, with the workforce consisting entirely of product teams largely across engineering and design.
SharkNinja will begin equipping the space this spring, with staff expected to move in next September when the power plant also officially opens to the public. The office is expected to seat 190 people, including 135 at launch.
The new London office will provide SharkNinja with much larger workshop facilities with advanced testing facilities for all classes. Besides, engineering laboratories will make up about 50% of the site, with purpose-built facilities developed to suit SharkNinja’s current needs and to facilitate ambitious growth plans.
With state-of-the-art salons, kitchens and other facilities, the London team will lead global product development across all categories.
SharkNinja will join the 500,000 square feet of office space taken up by Apple and The Engine Room, a 40,000 square foot custom joint work offering from the IWG.
The office forms part of SharkNinja’s goal of expanding its global presence, with staff based in London developing more products that resonate in the European market.
SharkNinja Vice President and General Manager in London, Lauren McMullan said: “SharkNinja’s continued growth is driven by the success of new product launches, combined with the dedication, commitment and skill of our impressive global teams. We continue to invest in our workforce in order to catalyze further international expansion. Our recent acquisition of office space in the capital reflects our growth in recent years.”
“The state-of-the-art facilities at the new Battersea power plant site will allow our employees to continue to drive innovation for SharkNinja and we are excited to welcome everyone to the new office space focused on encouraging collaboration and productivity.”
Simon Murphy, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said: “We are delighted to welcome SharkNinja to Battersea Power Station, another global and innovative brand that will add to the sense of dynamism, creativity and invention in this new riverside neighborhood.
“2022 is the project’s base year with the power plant opening to the public for the first time in history from September. With the launch of an additional 200,000 square feet of office space later this year, and the opening of our subway station last September, Battersea Power Station is quickly located a highly desirable yet new office in London.”
Shark is the UK’s #1 selling vacuum cleaner brand, and Ninja is the UK’s #1 selling multicooker brand, outperforming all other UK brands. It is the continued growth of both brands that has allowed SharkNinja to increase its network and footprint across the UK.
The restoration of the Battersea power station is nearing completion, with residents now living inside the listed Grade II* listed building and new retailers including Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, Lacoste, Mango, Le Labo, The Cobbles and Calvin Klein, announcing they will be. They open their doors from September. The power plant will house more than 100 shops, bars, restaurants and a luxury boutique cinema as well as unique entertainment spaces, including a chimney-lift experience. A glass elevator will transport visitors 109 meters inside one of the power plant’s famous chimneys before emerging to the top for unparalleled views of the capital’s skyline.
Residents and visitors to Battersea Power Station will be able to enjoy several new green and open public spaces, including the six-acre Power Station Park, located directly in front of the riverside building. Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners and designed by Jerry’s Prospect Place to form Electric Street, a group of buildings comprising homes, offices and a new Main Street south of the famous power plant, will also open later this year.
With the Northern Line now extended to give this new neighborhood its own District 1 London Underground station, Battersea Power Station attracts Londoners, international visitors and workers from across the capital with journey times to the West End and the city of around 15 minutes. It will be one of my favorite places in southwest London, boosting the local economy and creating over 17,000 jobs.
Circus West Village, the first chapter in the renovation of Battersea Power Station, is already home to more than 1,800 residents and a number of bars, restaurants, cafes, fitness and entertainment offerings and welcomes an average of three million people each year thanks, in part, to its annual events program.