The Nine Elms development just got serious
A 25-metre long ‘sky pool’ at 10 storeys high is being planned for the Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms. Once completed, it will become the world’s first floating swimming pool.
The enormous development – which promises 18,000 new homes, as well as new schools, leisure parks, retail parks and the new American Embassy – already promises to transform the urban backwaters of Battersea into a sought after postcode, and secure a future for the iconic Battersea Power Station.
But only now have things got really serious.
The architects at Arup Associates are promising a glass encased outdoor swimming pool – named Sky Pool – that will stretch between the 10th floors of two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens area of the development.
Residents will be able to swim from one block to another.
The swimming pool will be made from 20cm thick glass so as to give an experience more akin to an aquarium than a swimming pool.
The idea came from Sean Mulryan, chairman and founder of the developers Ballymore who said: “My vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering, I wanted to do something that had never been done before.
“At Ballymore we like to push the boundaries on all aspects of design, the Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade.
“The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
Fancy the plunge? The pool will be open to residents only, so you’ll need to invest £602k first.
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