Swimmers use transparent pool 115ft over London but it’s only for richest residents

Swimmers have been enjoying the world’s first floating pool, suspended 115 feet above London as the country basks in the sun.

The Sky Pool, built between two skyscrapers in southwest London, opened on May 19, and has been a top choice for residents during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Or at least those wealthy enough to enjoy it, as one resident says the pool can’t be used by those living in shared ownership flats.

The structure, which is 25 metre long, five metre wide and three metre deep, is reserved to people who live at the Embassy Gardens flats in Nine Elms and their guests.

The totally transparent pool is made from acrylic and boasts great view of the capital.

While swimming, residents can spot some of the main London landmarks, including the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

The complex’s website reads: “Suspended 35m in the air, the Sky Pool has captured imaginations across London and far beyond.

“The world’s first floating pool is exclusively for Embassy Gardens residents and their guests.

“This crystal clear, 25-metre-long pool seems to float in the air. Dive in and there’s nothing but clarity between you and the world below.

“There’s no other pool in the world like the Sky Pool.”

But earlier this year, a man who lives in the flats through shared ownership told The Guardian that not all residents can access the swimming pool.

He also said the building has different entrances for the affordable housing and private sections of the complex.

Nadeem Iqbal’s two-bedroom flat is valued at £800,000, of which he owns a quarter and pays rent on the rest.

He said his apartment is accessible through the so-called “poor doors” – which are less luxurious than the main entrances of the building.

This also means that not all residents can access the pool, as he explained: “We have a front-row seat of the Sky Pool.

“But the sad thing for us, living in the shared-ownership building, is that we will never have access to it.

“It’s only there for us to look at, just like the nice lobby, and all of the other facilities for the residents of the private blocks.

“Nobody expects these amenities for free, but we’re not even given the choice to pay for them.”

The Mirror has contacted Ballymore, which owns the Embassy Gardens complex, for comment.

A spokesman for the managers of the affordable housing section of the development previously told the Guardian it was ‘not their intention to make any community feel excluded, and access to the private amenities was limited to keep service charges to a minimum+’.