The luxury infinity pool is kept at 30°C for 24 hours a day (Picture: Rex Features)
Some residents are calling for the world’s first ‘floating’ pool to close during winter so they do not have to pay to heat it ‘while it is too cold to use it’.
The transparent Sky Pool has made headlines since swimmers can enjoy views of the US embassy, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
But the luxury pool, only open to residents and their guests, costs a whopping £164,250 per year to keep it at 30°C.
This is covered by the annual service charges residents pay on top of their rent/mortgage, bonds and bills – £9,000 for those in a two-bedroom flat. Properties in the development to buy start at £695,000.
But the pool is still too cold to enjoy in winter because the cover which is supposed to keep the water warm overnight is apparently broken.
One couple told The Sun: ‘It is too cold to be used at the moment so it seems mad that we’re still having to pay to heat it.
‘If it’s £450 a day and, at most, five people are using it, that’s £90 per swim. That hardly seems like value for money.’
The pool was installed on the tenth floor, 35 metres above the ground (Picture: Rex Features)
The pool is completely transparent with views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye (Picture: Reuters)
A different tenant quoted by the outlet said: ‘We’re livid. The outside temperature has obviously dropped, but the Sky Pool is still open to residents and currently uncovered. We’re basically heating the sky.’
But the property’s developers, Ballymore, have insisted people swim in the pool ‘every day’, including during winter.
Indeed, Ballymore claims the pool was used at least 90 times in the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve alone.
The development company also stressed it had not received any complaints about the pool being open in winter.
A spokesperson went on to stand by Ballymore’s service charges, arguing that similar developments charge their residents ‘30% to 40% higher’.
The pool holds 400 tonnes of water and has been through ‘extensive strength testing’ (Picture: Reuters)
The pool is only open to residents and their guests (Picture; Reuters)
The extravagant pool was opened at Embassy Gardens after a delay due to coronavirus on May 19.
It was built with an aquarium-like design in Colorado, in the US.
After taking three weeks to be shipped to the UK, the 25-metre long pool was installed with a rooftop spa, summer bar and orangery.
The tub, which holds almost 400 tonnes of water, underwent ‘extensive strength testing’ before it was declared safe to be built 10 floors above the ground.
It is held up by an invisible steel frame and uses the latest architectural technology so it can move in strong winds as opposed to being rigidly connected.
Embassy Gardens residents have access to the pool 24 hours a day. They also enjoy luxury apartments, local retail, office space, bars, restaurants and landscaped gardens.
Ballymore said: ‘The Sky Pool is a world-class leisure facility unlike any other swimming pool in London, providing an unrivalled experience for Embassy Garden residents and their guests throughout the year.
‘We know from residents how popular the pool is even during colder periods. Embassy Gardens provides residents with a range of luxury amenities, while keeping service charges markedly lower than at comparable developments elsewhere in the Nine Elms area.
‘The Sky Pool is kept at a constant temperature of 30°C which is the standard for leisure pools.’
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