British swimmers looking for a training change of scenery, with some altitude, will have a new option in May. This pool comes with both a view and a price.
The Embassy Gardens luxury apartments will open the world’s first “floating pool” on May 19. The pool dubbed the “Sky Pool” is suspended 115 feet (35 meters) above the ground between the 10th story of the two towers of the complex.
The pool is a regulation 25-meters long and 10 feet deep and has an acrylic bottom which allows for unencumbered views to the ground below as well as the new U.S. Embassy, plus views of iconic London landmarks like the London Eye and Westminster Palace. The pool uses state-of-the-art engineering to connect two towers of the new £1 billion development in London’s Nine Elms neighborhood, and it weights 50 tonnes. The pool was built in Colorado and shipped to London. The technology used in building the complex allows the pool to move and sway with the buildings. Units at the complex start at a cool £600,000 (approximately $833,000). The pool is only open to residents of the complex.
The project was first announced in 2015, and was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first units were released for sale in 2017
The grand opening of the development is set for May 19. The celebration will be presided over by noted media personality Roman Kemp. The Aquabatix, a top synchronized swimming entertainment team, will perform in the Sky Pool.
The complex was developed by EcoWorld Ballymore. Sean Mulryan, the Chairman of Ballymore said about the pool, “The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through air in central London.”