When we reported that London’s getting a glass bottomed floating pool we could see in your faces that none of you really believed us. Like the time we reported that a housing development on the Old Kent Road was integrating a crocodile park, or the time we predicted that everyone would be vaccinated by May.
But, you scoffers, this one wasn’t spurious click-bait, but a real-life actual thing. To be fair, the crocs and the vaccines were potentially genuine but didn’t pull off, the pool, though, just seemed too good to be true from the off.
The plan, to join two Vauxhall skyscrapers with a glass infinity pool was the stuff they pull off in Dubai or one of those Far East hotels where everything’s made out of gold. But not in South West London.
And now it’s here, The Sky Pool. A 75-foot acrylic swimming pool, suspended ten storeys above ground level just next to the American Embassy in Nine Elms.
Ecoworld Ballymore wanted to do something that had never been done before...
Despite having the distinct air of a late night pub scheme that somehow got out of hand, the plans from builders Ecoworld Ballymore were completely serious.
According to Ballymore’s Chairman, Sean Mulryan, “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”.
Mulryan added “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 London”.
Subjected to all the sorts of tests you'd rather hope they'd perform before letting people don armbands for a dip in it...
The pool was created in Colorado, in the United States, before being driven to Texas where it was loaded onto a ship for a three week voyage to Holland and finally shipped over to the UK to be winched into place and subjected to all the sorts of tests you’d rather hope they’d perform before letting people don armbands for a dip in it.
148,000 litres of water and a clean bill-of-health later it looks like things are ready to go. But if you’re already stood in front of a full length mirror trying to decide which bikini’s most flattering (after a year and a bit of lockdown, the answer’s likely ‘none of them’) there’s a catch.
The pool is exclusively for use of residents of the Embassy Gardens development. With 2,000 homes and luxury apartments, that’s plenty of potential swimmers, but likely none of them are you. Flats in Embassy Gardens start at £695,000, which also probably rules us out too.
If you're already stood in front of a full length mirror trying to decide which bikini's most flattering... there's a catch.
But you’ve got between now and May 19th, the opening date, to get networking. There must be a friend-of-a-friend you could blackmail or a lifeguard you could bribe to gain access to what is, let’s face it, London’s hottest ticket this summer.