New Sky Pool Will Let You Float Through the Air in Central London


The expert swimming pool retailers, Edge Leisure, take us through the new development being built near the former Battersea power station.

Hanging 10 storeys above the ground, Irish developer Ballymore is planning on introducing a 25 by 5 meter pool acting as a bridge between the two apartment buildings in London’s Nine Elms district. The vision is that residents can swim from one apartment building to the other, and view all that London has to offer through the glass walls and floors.

Many have described this projected as a way of London ‘redefining’ luxury as the pool will be the first in the world to link two buildings. Designed by Arup associates and developed by Ballymore Group, the pool will be around four feet deep and will offer views of the Houses of Parliament, embassy and the River Thames.

The flats which will be connected by this project are worth around £602,000 and the design of the pool will add to the sense of complete luxury surrounding the apartments. Joining the pool will be a decking area with a spa, orangery, and summer bar. Ballymore state that the pool will be completely transparent and structure free, and will cost approximately £15 billion.

There’s no need to worry though, for those who don’t fancy the thought of watching the world pass by beneath them, there will be a normal indoor pool inside the apartments too. The idea behind the pool was to “push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering”, and if the project is pulled off, it is deemed to succeed its purpose.

However, not everyone who has heard about the project thinks that it is such a good idea. Henry Pryor, a buying agent for wealthy clients, was quoted stating that the plans were “genuinely crackers” and raised concerns over a lack of exhibitionists to fill the pool. For an outdoor pool that claims its transparency is the main selling point, another concern grows over the use if it during the winter months. Surely the whole structure will be covered up for some majority of the year, making it look just like… well, a normal bridge.

Guest post by Edge Leisure

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