Britain's dramatic new 'Sky Pool' has taken a step closer to completion after undergoing final testing before being shipped to London. Suspended 35 metres high in the air and linking two ten-story buildings together, the iconic structure will offer views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye and London's city skyline. The 'Sky Pool', which accompanies a roof-top spa, summer bar and Orangery, is the centrepiece of the £1 billion development in Vauxhall, south London, next to the new US Embassy.
The first of its kind and entirely transparent, the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool, is set to become the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain. Nestled between the sky and the water swimmers are expected to feel like they are in an aquarium rather than an outdoor pool, as they look 35m down below. Bathers will also be able to swim between the adjoining buildings. The exclusive behind-the-scenes film can now reveal the intricate work of a team of expert architects, engineers, and consultants who are pushing the boundaries of construction to create the Sky Pool. Workers can be seen cutting steel to measure and polishing the acrylic pool structure at their base in Colorado, USA. And the pictures reveal how the team, made up of architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds, are preparing to move the huge bath to London. The buildings connected by the Sky Pool will be subject to normal movements inherent to ten-story buildings including wind sway and foundation settlement. But the pool structure can deal with these movements by not being rigidly connected at both ends as it can slide while maintaining watertight integrity.
The Sky Pool, which is set to open in next summer, is the show-stopping highlight of the Embassy Gardens development by EcoWorld Ballymore, which includes 2,000 homes and luxury apartments, a shopping complex, office space, as well as bars, restaurants, and landscaped gardens, built around the new US Embassy. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Liew Kee Sin, Executive Vice Chairman, of EcoWorld International, said: 'The construction of the Sky Pool has been a very exciting project, which EcoWorld Ballymore is delighted to be turning into a reality. 'The opening next year will be a huge milestone for the development, and for the Nine Elms area more generally, as the pool really will be a spectacle that locals and visitors to the area alike will want to see. It is a product of unique ambition, innovation, perseverance, and imagination, we hope both residents and businesses in the area will be proud to have the Sky Pool on their doorsteps.' Sean Mulryan, of Ballymore, added: 'The vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering, Ecoworld Ballymore wanted to do something that had never been done before. '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,' she added.