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Swimming in the sky: Irish developer opens 35m-high ‘Sky Pool’ in London​​​​​​​


The 'Sky Pool' at Embassy Gardens in London. Picture: PA

The 'Sky Pool' at Embassy Gardens in London. Picture: PA

The sky pool

The sky pool


The 'Sky Pool' at Embassy Gardens in London. Picture: PA

Suspended 35m in the air, a ‘Sky Pool’ floating between two apartment blocks in London allows residents to swim in the sky while basking in the suns rays – and it’s thank to an Irish property developer.

Britain and Ireland basked in glorious sunshine over the last few days, and above the streets of London people could be seen swimming in the crystal clear swimming pool high in the air while baffled Londoners looked on.

Built by Irish property developer Ballymore, owned by Sean Mulryan, the company describes the pool as a “world first”, hanging between the two high-rise blocks of the luxury Embassy Gardens apartment blocks at Nine Elms in south-west London.

Filled with 148,000 litres of water, the Sky Pool spans 15 metres, is suspended ten storeys high and allows residents of the luxury apartments to swim between buildings.

The pool was originally built in Colorado in the US, where it underwent “rigorous” testing before travelling to London.


People swim in the Sky Pool. PA

People swim in the Sky Pool. PA

People swim in the Sky Pool. PA

Irish developers the Ballymore Group say the structure is the largest piece of load bearing acrylic in the world.

While the apartment residents basked in the sun, with drone footage of the pool circulating yesterday, some commenters were less sold.

"They asked themselves if they could, but didn’t ask if they should,” one wrote on Twitter.

"This is absolutely just a scene from the opening of a disaster movie about earthquakes, right?” another quipped.

"Alexa, please show me where the gods would consign me for eternity if I angered them,” yet another said.

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After reports that some residents in lower-priced shared-ownership units of the apartment blocks did not have access to the pool, Ballymore told Independent.ie the shared-ownership properties were managed by housing associations.

It said that when they acquired the properties prior to construction, “they had the option to choose which facilities they wanted to buy into for their residents”.

"To retain a more affordable service charge, they elected to not include access to the health club, cinema, pools, business centre, lounges, concierge and post room,” Ballymore said.

Roscommon native Mulryan started the now multi-billion-euro company at 26 years of age.

Starting out as a brick layer, Mr Mulryan has now built a total of over 20,000 homes in London, in particular in East London and South of the river’s derelict and neglected areas. The company has also developed areas around Dublin.

The company developed Embassy Gardens, a mixed-use development at Nine Elms in 2017, next to the US Embassy, and has been described by Boris Johnson as “possibly the most important regeneration story in London and in the UK over the next twenty years”.

The company has recently launched a development partnership with global drinks giant Diageo, owner of Guinness to create a visionary neighbourhood for living, entrepreneurship, creativity and commerce at the St James’s Gate site of the Guinness brewery in Dublin.

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