Twitter users have branded a luxury swimming pool 115ft above the ground a ‘nightmare’ and described how dizzying aerial photos of it has made them feel sick.
The 25m transparent pool sits on the 10th floor between two blocks of flats in Nine Elms, Vauxhall in south-west London, just down the road from the US Embassy.
Boasting astonishing views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, the pool above the Embassy Gardens flats has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain.
But people on social media are squeamish at the prospect of going swimming more than 100ft in the air, with Twitter users calling the pool a ‘recipe for disaster’ and ‘a nightmare’.
‘Not swimming out over that glass death pool nope nope nope’, one person tweeted, while another said: ‘I love heights but some things just aren’t worth it. I’ll stick to in-ground pools’. Others posted funny GIFs of actor Danny DeVito shaking his head and saying ‘no’.
The first of its kind and entirely transparent, only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool.
The world’s first floating sky pool was snapped by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes show people lounging on the deck chairs alongside the pool
The transparent pool sits on the 10th floor and is suspended between two blocks of luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London
It is the first of its kind in the world and the 25m-long, 5m-wide and 3m-deep infinity pool is entirely transparent
Twitter users have branded a luxury swimming pool 115ft above the ground a ‘nightmare’ and described how dizzying aerial photos of it has made them feel sick
Swimming 115 feet above the ground: The Sky Pool in numbers
Plans for the Sky Pool on top of the Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings were first drawn up in 2013.
Here is the incredible swimming pool in numbers:
- Is suspended on the 10th flooor
- Sits 115 feet above the ground
- Is 85 foot or 35 metres in length
- And 10ft deep in places
- The acrylic base is nearly 12-inches thick in some sections
- Holds 375 tonnes of water
- Is open 24 hours a day
- Took three weeks to be shipped to the UK after it was built in the US.
But shared ownership tenants in the housing development are not allowed to use the facilities, according to reports.
A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5million. But there are also homes in the development where prices start from £600,000.
Plans for a floating pool, known as the Sky Pool, were first drawn up in 2013 by designers penning ideas for the Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings development.
The pool is the highlight of the development by EcoWorld Ballymore, which includes 2,000 luxury homes apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants and landscaped gardens.
The buildings sit next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building.
A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as it was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into their building plans.
The 82ft acrylic pool was developed in Colorado, and was put through ‘extensive strength testing’ before being shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks.
The giant heated tub, which holds 375 tonnes of water, has been developed using special technology that allows it to move in high winds.
The pool structure can deal with these movements by not being rigidly connected at both ends as it can slide while maintaining water-tight integrity.
The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick.
Not only does it host great views from the pool all the way down to the ground 115 feet below – it also boasts some excellent views of the capital
The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the major landmarks swimmers can spot when taking a dip in the luxury pool, which also looks out over the River Thames
The Sky Pool has been hailed as the most exclusive venue to take a dip in Britain as only residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats it sits atop are allowed access to the facilities
The pool sits atop two luxury flat high rises next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)
A floating pool was decided on for the new flats as it was the only place architects could find space to work a swimming pool into their building plans
The intricate work to transport and install the Sky Pool involved a team of expert architects, engineers and consultants.
The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats – who can take a dip 24 hours a day.
There is also a rooftop bar next to a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development.
Some of those living in the luxury development also have access to a private cinema, indoor pool and gym.
However there are reports that those living in shared ownership flats are not allowed to use the facilities and even have to enter the building by a different door, according to The Guardian.
There is also a solid walkway built between the two 10 storey apartment blocks (pictured) that link the two pool decks on either side
People were seen floating against the edge of the infinity pool, which is up to 10ft deep in some places, while others were seen playing around
A lone figure can be seen in the shimmering water of the swimming pool amid the spell of warm weather that has covered the UK
The 82ft pool acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before it was shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks
The acrylic base is up to 12 feet thick in some places and is constructed in such a way that it can move in high winds
Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid soaring temperatures in the UK
The acrylic structure is held up by an invisible steel frame and is fully transparent despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being nearly 12-inches thick
The pool, which sits 115ft or 35 metres above the ground, has since opened and is only available for residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens flats – who can take a dip 24 hours a day
A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy costs more than £1 million, according to reports, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5 million
Next to the pool, there is also a rooftop bar and a greenhouse filled with orange trees, while spa facilities are also available for those living at the luxury development
Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday – the hottest day of the year so far – with more sun on the way this week
Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal, St Tropez in France and Rome – with more hot weather on the way
A spokesperson for Ballymore previously told the publication: ‘We aim to create great places and positive experiences for everyone who lives on our sites. All residents at Embassy Gardens receive the same service in terms of estate management, security, fire command and control, general building safety and energy supply.’
Ballymore has been contacted by Mail Online for comment.
Sky-high swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday – the hottest day of the year so far.
A maximum temperature of 77.2F (25.1C) was recorded at Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands as Britons enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown rules.
This surpassed the previous high for 2021, set on March 30 at Kew Gardens in West London when the temperature reached 75.1F (24.5C).
Temperatures yesterday outperformed Faro in Portugal (20C/68F), St Tropez in France (22C/72F) and Rome (23C/73F).
England’s warmest place was Northolt, North-West London, at 76.6F (24.8C), while Wales reached a high of 22C (72F) at Trawsgoed, Ceredigion.
Although it was the warmest day so far in 2021, the weather was not especially hot for this time of year.
But after so many damp and miserable weeks, many were keen to make the most of it.
Crowds flocked to enjoy the outdoors despite reminders from several local councils to heed Covid-19 rules including restrictions on gatherings and social distancing.
Warnings about gatherings in the sunshine came amid claims from some scientists that the full relaxation of lockdown rules planned for June 21 should be delayed due to rising cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus.
Most of the UK will be covered in glorious sunshine again today – beating temperatures on the Algarve – with the warmest weather expected in the Midlands, western England, north and west Wales and western Scotland.