Swimmers Enjoy the World’s First Clear Air Pool 115 FEET Above Ground in London

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Incredible aerial photos show the moment swimmers enter the water – 115 feet above the ground.

The world’s first floating air pool opened in London on May 19, and swimmers took a dip in the dizzying pool on Bank Holiday Monday, the hottest day of the year yet.

A photo taken from above by photographer Jason Hawkes using a drone shows people lounging on the sun loungers by the pool edges while basking in the sun.

The transparent pool is located on the 10th floor and hangs between two luxury flats in Nine Elms, south west London.

The first of its kind and completely transparent, the 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep infinity pool has been hailed as the most exclusive place to take a dip in Britain.

Not only does it offer a great view from the pool to the ground below – it also offers a fantastic view of the capital.

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the top sights bathers can see when they take a dip in the luxurious pool, which also overlooks the city skyline and the River Thames.

The world's first floating air pool was captured by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, shows people lounging on the lounge chairs next to the pool

The world’s first floating air pool was captured by aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, shows people lounging on the lounge chairs next to the pool

The transparent pool is located on the 10th floor and hangs between two luxury flats in Nine Elms, South West London

The transparent pool is located on the 10th floor and hangs between two luxury flats in Nine Elms, South West London

Not only does it offer a great view from the pool to the ground, 115 feet below, it also offers a beautiful view of the capital

Not only does it offer a great view from the pool to the ground, 115 feet below, it also offers a beautiful view of the capital

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the top sights bathers can see when they take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool, which also overlooks the River Thames

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are some of the top sights bathers can see when they take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool, which also overlooks the River Thames

The pool sits atop two luxury condominiums next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)

The pool sits atop two luxury condominiums next to the billion-dollar US Embassy building (pictured, the edge of the embassy building)

Swimming 25 meters above the ground: the Sky Pool in numbers

Plans for the Sky Pool atop the Embassy Gardens Legacy Buildings were first drawn up in 2013.

Here’s the incredible pool in numbers:

  • Has been suspended on the 10th floor
  • Sit 115 feet off the ground
  • Is 85 feet or 35 meters long
  • And in some places 3 meters deep
  • The acrylic base is almost 30 cm thick in some parts
  • Contains 375 tons of water
  • Open 24 hours a day
  • It took three weeks to ship to the UK after being developed in the US.

Plans for a floating pool, known as the Sky Pool, were first drawn up in 2013 by designers capturing ideas for the development of the Embassy Gardens Legacy Buildings.

The pool is the culmination of EcoWorld Ballymore’s development, which includes 2,000 luxury homes, apartments, retail space, office space, bars, restaurants and landscaped gardens.

The buildings are next to the billion dollar US Embassy building.

A floating pool was chosen for the new flats, as it was the only place where architects could find space to incorporate a pool into their building plans.

Developed in Colorado, the 82ft acrylic pool was subjected to ‘extensive strength testing’ before being shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks.

The gigantic heated pool, which can hold 375 tons of water, has been developed using special technology that allows it to move in high winds.

The pool structure can handle these movements by not being rigidly connected at both ends, as it can slide while maintaining watertight integrity.

The acrylic structure is supported by an invisible steel frame and is completely transparent, despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being almost 30cm thick.

The intricate work of transporting and installing the Sky Pool involved a team of expert architects, engineers and consultants.

The pool, which is 35 meters above the ground, has since opened and is only available to residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens condominiums – who can take a dip 24 hours a day.

There is also a rooftop bar next to a greenhouse filled with orange trees, and spa facilities are also available for those living in the luxury complex.

The 82 ft acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before being shipped to the UK - a journey that took three weeks

The 82 ft acrylic pool was developed in Colorado before being shipped to the UK – a journey that took three weeks

Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid rising temperatures in the UK

Daredevil swimmers were seen in BBC news coverage (pictured) taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday amid rising temperatures in the UK

The acrylic structure is supported by an invisible steel frame and is completely transparent, despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being almost 30cm thick

The acrylic structure is supported by an invisible steel frame and is completely transparent, despite the base of the 10ft deep pool being almost 30cm thick

The pool, which is 35 meters above the ground, has since opened and is only available to residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens condominiums - who can take a dip 24 hours a day

The pool, which is 35 meters above the ground, has since opened and is only available to residents and guests of the Embassy Gardens condominiums – who can take a dip 24 hours a day

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy is reported to cost more than £1million, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5million

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy is reported to cost more than £1million, while the penthouse suite will set buyers back £5million

Towering swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday - the hottest day of the year yet - with more sun on the way this week

Towering swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday – the hottest day of the year yet – with more sun on the way this week

A two-bedroom apartment in Embassy is reported to cost more than £1million, while the penthouse suite will cost buyers £5million.

Towering swimmers were seen taking a dip on Bank Holiday Monday – the hottest day of the year yet.

A maximum temperature of 77.2F (25.1C) was recorded in Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands as Britons enjoyed the long weekend and newly restored freedoms after many lockdown rules were lifted.

This surpassed the previous record for 2021, set on March 30 at Kew Gardens in west London when temperatures 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, northwest London, at 24.8°C, while Wales reached 22°C at Trawsgoed, Ceredigion.

Although 2021 was the hottest day yet, the weather was not particularly warm for this time of year.

But after so many damp and miserable weeks, many wanted to make the most of it.

The public flocked to enjoy the outdoors, despite warnings from several municipalities to observe Covid-19 rules, including restrictions on gatherings and social distancing.

Warnings about gatherings in the sun came amid claims by some scientists that the full easing of lockdown rules scheduled for June 21 should be postponed due to the rising number of cases of India’s variant of the coronavirus.

Most of the UK will be covered in brilliant sunshine again today – higher temperatures in the Algarve – with the warmest weather expected in the Midlands, West England, North and West Wales and West Scotland.

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