The world’s first “floating” pool suspended in the sky between two London skyscrapers will open in mid-May.
The 25-metre crystal pool, part of the lavish Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms, London, will allow swimmers to glide 115ft above ground.
Members of the exclusive Eg:le Club, where the cost of a flat starts at £897,000, will have free access to the “one and only” pool, which opens on May 19.
Radio and TV host Roman Kemp will be there to live stream the grand opening, which will also see the performance of synchronised swimming team, Aquabatix.
Brian Eckersley, the man behind the pool’s engineering said: “Once you swim off, you can look right down. It will be like flying.”
The 50-tonne acrylic pool, which comes with a rooftop bar and a spa, is the main feature of the £1billion development by EcoWorld Ballymore.
According to the Embassy Gardens’ website, the idea originated on a hot summer day in 2013 as designers sat down to draft up plans for a pool.
“As thinking developed, the gauntlet was thrown down: the pool should be a sky pool, something transparent so swimmers could see the ground, and people below could see the sky,” the website reads.
It is the brainchild of property developer Sean Mulryan, who said his vision “stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering.”
The pool, which was brought in from Colorado, US, will have a depth of 3.3 metres and include five different modes of lighting adding “to the feeling of magic”.
It was built thanks to the incredible efforts of Hal Currey and Arup Associates, who were employed as architects along with structural engineers from Eckersley O’Callaghan.
Mr Mulryan, chairman of Ballymore, was quoted saying by the London Evening Standard: “The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
Prices for the 2,000 apartments in the Embassy Gardens development will range from £600,000 to £5million for the penthouse suite.
Alongside the Sky Pool, residents have access to a number of other amenities available to them, including a gym and spa, and a cinema that can be hired out for private parties.
Exclusive access to all the facilities is granted to residents and guests.