Embassy GardensThe world’s first sky pool is coming to London in 2019.
Embassy Gardens’ 90ft-long “sky pool” will float 115ft in the air at Nine Elms, the capital's new riverside district beside Battersea Power Station.
Battersea is teeming with new up-and-coming developments, making it the next It-place in London. With the US government building their new embassy on 5 acres, Irish developer Ballymore has purchased a remaining 15 acres of land in Battersea, where they plan to build a bold 21st century mixed use development, drawing inspiration from the attractive residential and commercial estates which evolved over time in cities like New York and Boston.
There are few development opportunities left in London that can offer the sheer scope of this £15bn luxury property development, destined to appear in London’s skyline in the summer of 2019. The greatest feature of the new Nine Elms district-to-be is the suspended sky pool connecting two 10-storey towers on the tenth floor, the first of its kind in the world.
Designed by engineering giant Arup Associates with Eckersley O’Callaghan, plus aquarium specialists Reynolds, the 25-metre-long pool will be completely “structure free” and made of 20cm thick glass sheets, allowing residents to swim from one building to the other whilst observing the activity 115ft below.
Ballymore’s chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan, 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.” He said: “The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
The pool will only be open to Embassy Gardens residents, which means splashing out from £602,000 upwards to buy home in the development. It will connect the Legacy Building to the EG:LE club; an exclusive private members club for residents. EG:LE club includes a private gym and yoga studio, a boxing ring, a private cinema called The Maureen O’Hara and a traditional private library and lounge area named after the Irish playwright The John B. Keane.
A sky deck at the top of the two buildings incorporates a spa, summer bar and Orangery and offers spectacular views of renowned London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and London Eye. The Orangery will bring the relaxed feeling of the Mediterranean to central London, allowing residents to relax in a private space which brings the outside in.
Now on its second phase, after the first phase sold out within a weekend of going live around three years ago, the development project will create another 179 suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments and a luxury penthouse. When completed, the landmark development will house 2,000 luxury flats, creating a new community living within lavish landscaped gardens, a riverfront walk linking Embassy Gardens to Battersea Park, 130,000 ft² of shopping space, a boutique hotel and exciting new bars and restaurants providing a variety of open-air experiences.