Over the past year teams of architects, engineers and consultants have been busy testing and developing the pool structure in its factory in Colorado. The innovative pool is pushing boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering and will be a feat of engineering, never seen before. It is an intricate and challenging process for which we have some of the best minds in the world working together to accomplish.
The stunning outdoor pool will link two residential buildings at the 10th storey - a world first - and allow residents to swim from one building to the next. The sky deck at the top of the two buildings incorporates a spa, summer bar and Orangery for residents to relax and take in the views of London icons which include the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and new US Embassy located next door. The pool is entirely transparent, 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1.2m. Designed by Arup Associates, with specialist input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds, the experience is intended to be more akin to an aquarium than a pool.
The acrylic is now in its final phase of construction and is currently undergoing its final testing and treatments before it will be prepared for shipping to the UK, itself a lengthy and complex process.
The pool is expected to arrive at Embassy Gardens next Summer, when this vision becomes a reality. We will then need to lift and secure the structure in place and complete works on the Sky Deck but the pool will be open next Summer.