Suspended in the sky – London’s aerial swimming pool

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A “swimming pool in the sky” is a feature of a new London development which is being heavily promoted across the UAE.

Billboards for the Nine Elms residential development are now on display along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai – and details have just been released of a unique feature, a glass pool suspended 10 storeys above street level for the exclusive use of the block’s residents.

Prices at development Ballymore’s 2,000-home complex Embassy Gardens start at $850,000.

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Owners will have the use of a “world-first” concept pool, resembling a giant aquarium in the sky, that acts as a bridge between two blocks of apartments. The developers said that the pool would measure 30m by 6m, with a water depth of1.5m. Thick glass will keep swimmers from crashing down to Earth.

London’s mayor Boris Johnson called the project “the most important regeneration story in London”..

But heavily publicity in the Middle East and also across Asia has led to concerns that the houses will be bought as overseas investments and sit empty, rather than being “the residential heart of London’s newest neighbourhood” as the development is described by Ballymore.

Sean Mulryan, the chairman and founder of Ballymore, said he had come up with the idea for the pool, which will also be accompanied by a sky deck and bar for summer loungers.

He said: “We set out to create places and spaces that are more than just bricks and mortar. The pool is testimony to this philosophy and gives the development a unique character.”

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