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World’s first transparent ‘Sky Pool’ above London finally nears completion

The world’s first transparent Sky Pool suspended 115 feet above London between two tower blocks has finally been completed – two years behind schedule.

The aquarium-style pool was lifted into place last month by one of the largest mobile cranes in the world after making a 4,720-mile journey from its place of construction in Colorado.

Swimmers will be able to enjoy views across central London while completing lengths between buildings in a new residential neighbourhood in Nine Elms, Vauxhall.   

The ‘Sky Pool’, which accompanies a roof-top spa, summer bar and Orangery, is the centre piece of the £1 billion development next to the new US Embassy. It is not known how much the pool itself cost.

The aquarium-style pool was lifted into place last month by one of the largest mobile cranes in the world after making a 4,720-mile journey from its place of construction in Colorado

The aquarium-style pool was lifted into place last month by one of the largest mobile cranes in the world after making a 4,720-mile journey from its place of construction in Colorado

It was meant to be ready to open this summer but, according to Homes and Property the pool will not be open for use until next Spring. MailOnline has contacted developer EcoWorld Ballymore to discover why the project was delayed.

Designed by HAL Architects, the 25-metre long pool will be filled with 148,000 litres of water. 

It is the first of its kind in the world, coming a decade after the highest infinity pool – which does not have a transparent floor – was opened at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore in 2010.  

The Sky Pool will be a key feature in Embassy Gardens, a new 2,000-home development in the Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station regeneration zone. The final residential building at the Ecoworld Ballymore scheme is under construction with prices starting from £695,000. 

Suspended 35 metres high in the air and linking two ten-storey buildings together, the iconic structure will offer views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye and London’s city skyline. 

The world's first sky pool, a staggering see-through stretch of water that will float between two luxury skyscrapers under construction in London

The world’s first sky pool, a staggering see-through stretch of water that will float between two luxury skyscrapers under construction in London

The 25-metre long, three metre deep crystal clear pool will allow members of the development's exclusive club to glide between buildings 10 storeys up in the sky

The 25-metre long, three metre deep crystal clear pool will allow members of the development’s exclusive club to glide between buildings 10 storeys up in the sky

The two residential skyscrapers that the pool is wedged between are next-door to the new $1 billion US embassy due to open in January, meaning residents will be able to watch diplomats in action from while they swim

The two residential skyscrapers that the pool is wedged between are next-door to the new $1 billion US embassy due to open in January, meaning residents will be able to watch diplomats in action from while they swim

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.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes film last year revealed the intricate work of a team of expert architects, engineers and consultants who created the Sky Pool.

Workers could be seen cutting steel to measure and polishing the acrylic pool structure at their base in Colorado, USA.

And the pictures revealled how the team, made up of architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds, prepared to move the huge bath to London.

The buildings connected by the Sky Pool will be subject to normal movements inherent to ten-storey 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 water-tight integrity.

The 'Sky Pool', which accompanies a roof-top spa, summer bar and Orangery, is the centre piece of the £1 billion development in Vauxhall, south London, next to the new US Embassy

The ‘Sky Pool’, which accompanies a roof-top spa, summer bar and Orangery, is the centre piece of the £1 billion development in Vauxhall, south London, next to the new US Embassy

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

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 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, previously said: ‘The construction of the Sky Pool has been a very exciting project, which EcoWorld Ballymore are 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. 

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