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Swimming in the air

Nick Myall
Thursday 20 Aug 2015

Eco World Ballymore reveals designs for a 35m high suspended swimming pool at Embassy Gardens in London

Plans for a breath-taking, suspended swimming pool named ‘Sky Pool’ have been unveiled for Embassy Gardens – the residential heart of London’s newest neighbourhood, Nine Elms on the South Bank.

The stunning outdoor pool will link two residential buildings at the 10th storey – a world first – and allow residents to swim from one building to the next. The sky deck at the top of the two buildings incorporates a spa, summer bar and Orangery for residents to relax and take in the views of London icons which include the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and new US Embassy located next door. The pool is entirely transparent and structure free, 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1.2m. Designed by Arup Associates, with specialist input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds, the experience is intended to be more akin to an aquarium than a pool, with glass that is 20cm thick.

The pool is the vision of Sean Mulryan, Chairman and CEO of Ballymore Group, working with the scheme’s architects Arup Associates. Ballymore are responsible for the development of Embassy Gardens with their development partners Eco World. Together they are developing the second phase as Eco World Ballymore. Ballymore has a reputation for creating places and spaces that are more than just bricks and mortar, and this pool is testimony to this philosophy - creating an inspiring environment and giving a unique character to the development.

Embassy Gardens takes design inspiration from the Meatpacking District of New York with floor to ceiling windows and brick facades. The buildings that the pool links are part of the second phase of the development which will be released to market in September, soon after the first residents have started to move in following the completion of phase one. This landmark development will see the creation of nearly 2,000 new homes, stunning landscaped gardens and a riverfront walkway threading from Embassy Gardens to Battersea Park, vibrant new bars and restaurants and al fresco and community spaces.

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. 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”

Nick Myall

News Editor

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