Apple ‘Spaceship’ campus gets green light

Apple is ready to build its ‘Spaceship’ campus in California after final approval was given for the new project.

Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to allow the Apple Campus 2 project with a full set of building permits being given to the company so that it can break ground in the near future.

"We're eager to see it happen. Go for it,” stated Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, according to MacRumours.com.

This agreement came about after Apple agreed to raise the amount of tax it pays to the city of Cupertino that means a reduction in the sales tax rebate the firm gets from the city each year as it falls to 35 per cent from the usual 50 per cent it received in the past.

Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus is being built on the site of the former Hewlett-Packard campus and plans to change it from the 80 per cent asphalt that it is now to around 80 per cent “open space and parkland”.

The site was first proposed by the late Steve Jobs back in 2011 in front of the Cupertino City Council and Apple released detailed sketches at a further council meeting last month.

The first phase of the Campus 2’s construction, which gets underway soon, includes a 2.8 million sq ft ring-shaped ‘spaceship’ esque building that features a 100,000sq ft fitness centre and a 120,000sq ft auditorium. The first phase also includes an underground parking facility capable of handling around 2,400 vehicles.

The second phase will include approximately 600,000sq ft of office, research and development buildings constructed with extra parking as well as energy generation facilities as part of the facility.

If all goes to plan the first phase of Apple’s Campus 2 complex will be completed by 2016 when it plans to have a Community Day to show it off.