Cladmag issue 3 2015

Page 12

CLAD People It will feel like floating through the air while you’re swimming Sean Mulryan Chair and CEO, Ballymore Group PROJECT: Sky pool, Nine Elms, London, UK


eveloper Ballymore

only 20cm of transparent acrylic

advancements in technologies

announced plans at

between them and a 10 storey drop.

over the last decade. My

the end of the summer

The pool is the brainchild of

vision stemmed from a desire

the Ballymore Group chair and

to push the boundaries of

ning two apartment blocks in its

CEO, Sean Mulryan, who said:

construction and engineering.”

Nine Elms development next to

“The experience will be unique;

for a ‘sky pool’ span-

The apartment building will

Battersea Power Station, London.

it will feel like floating through

also feature a rooftop bar, a

The 25m pool will be 5m wide

the air while you’re swimming.

spa and an orangery. A bridge

and will enable residents to swim between the buildings with

“The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant

running parallel with the pool will enable residents and visitors to walk between the buildings. The pool was designed by Arup Associates, marine design engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designer Reynolds. Ballymore MD John Mulryan explained how the acrylic structure

The project is the brainchild of Ballymore CEO Sean Mulryan

will be supported. “The pool spans about 40m between the two buildings but a lot of the structure is in the side of the


it’s the first time it’s been done.” The apartments are part of the

pool,” he said. “Even though

2,000-home Embassy Gardens

you’ve only got 20cm [of thickness

development which is entering

of acrylic] at the bottom of the

its second stage and is part of

pool, you’ve got 3m [of acrylic]

a wider regeneration scheme

on each side and that essentially

masterplanned by Foster +

carries a lot of the structure.

Partners and Frank Gehry.

“Acrylic is really strong and it can The acrylic pool will link the two 10-storey buildings

“[This is] brand new technology and

The scheme has attracted

do much more than it used to be

controversy for its high-end

able to do five or 10 years ago.

pricing and designer styling.

CLAD mag 2015 ISSUE 3

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