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Suspended swimming pool proposed for London development

Suspended swimming pool proposed for London development

Plans for an innovative suspended swimming pool in south London have been unveiled by architects Arup Associates, with specialist input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds. The glass-bottomed pool would be located between two buildings ten stories above the ground in the new Nine Elms development, close to the iconic Battersea Power Station. It will connect two tower blocks that are part of the Embassy Gardens compound being created by Ballymore Group and Eco World as Eco World Ballymore.The pool will measure three metres in depth, 25 metres in length and five metres in width. To ensure maximum safety, the reinforced glass will be 20 centimetres thick, with no supporting structures.The buildings linked by the pool are part of the second phase of the Nine Elms project. Units will go on the market in September, shortly after the first residents are able to move into buildings completed in the first stage,Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Group chairman and chief executive officer, 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.""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.”However, this isn’t the only innovative swimming facility planned for the capital. There is also a man-made bathing pond in King’s Cross, the first of its kind in the UK, and plans to create the Thames Baths, a floating swimming pool for London’s iconic river, following a successful Kickstarter campaign.The Embassy Gardens development is currently scheduled for completion in mid-2017. It makes up part of a wider regeneration of the area, which includes two new tube stations to serve housing developments, along with plans to turn the Battersea Power Station’s old chimneys into Tesla coils. 

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