The 5.3 acre site of the embassy is just a small part of the regeneration of Nine Elms, which is centred on an £8bn scheme to redevelop Battersea Power Station and includes 20 separate projects covering 560 acres of south London riverside.
When complete by 2020, Nine Elms – which includes Albert Embankment – will be home to the US and Dutch embassies plus about 16,000 new high rise homes, 140,000 square metres of retail space, over 230,000 2. square metres of office space plus restaurants and leisure attractions.
Two new Tube stations are under construction connecting Nine Elms to the 3km extension to the Northern Line. This level of investment promises to deliver significant long-term benefits, not just in terms of property values but also in demand for rental properties within easy reach of both central London and the new diplomatic quarter.
One of the residential schemes creating particular excitement is Embassy Gardens – twin towers located in walking distance of the US embassy that will contain a total of 2000 luxury homes.
The development by Ballymore has captured media attention because a 27.5m x 5.75m residents’ only swimming pool is being built 35 metres above ground level that will link the two tower blocks.
Described as a world-first, the high-rise transparent pool – plus sky deck containing a spa, summer bar and Orangery – is one of many luxury facilities residents of the penthouses, studios, one, two and three-bed apartments will benefit from.
A winter garden, residents’ cinema, library and lounge, business centre, leisure suite with gymnasium and 24-hour concierge come part of the package, while each apartment also has high ceilings, walnut parquet flooring and thermostatically controlled comfort cooling and heating.
Many of the new developments in and around Nine Elms are giving the south London riverside a new look that has been dubbed Hong Kong on Thames.
Estate agent Garton Jones has a limited number of luxury properties in a 36-storey luxury tower that has two residents’ only roof gardens offering spectacular views extending towards Westminster, the City and Canary Wharf.
The 204 open-plan apartments in Sky Gardens, which include 100 one-bed flats, 100 two-bed homes plus four stunning penthouses, have interiors designed by Philippe Starck’s Yoo company.
Residents also benefit from 24-hour concierge, a hands-free video entrance system and high-speed lifts to all floors, including the fully equipped gym.
The 806 apartments at the Riverlight development, meanwhile, have been designed by leading architect firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Spanning six pavilions, rising in height and all with a north-south orientation, homes in Riverlight include one-, two- and three-bed apartments plus penthouses.
Facilities at this sought-after address, which is less than a mile from the Houses of Parliament and just a short hop across the river to Chelsea, include a 24-hour concierge service, a health club featuring a holistic spa, a state-of-the-art gym and a spectacular swimming pool.
The on-site bars and restaurants, art gallery, private cinema, supermarket and crèche mean that residents will not need to access the secure car parking and venture the short distance into central London.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is also behind Merano Residences – a collection of 40 luxury two and three-bed apartments and duplexes, ranging from 110sq m to 345sq m, on the edge of Nine Elms.
Directly opposite Tate Britain and offering views of the Houses of Parliament, the scheme – which includes office space on the lower floors – will be made up of three stepped bays ranging from 14 to 28 storeys in height.
The real selling point of this development is not the 24-hour concierge, secure underground parking on offer or even the private garden that sits 140ft above the River Thames.
The new London landmark is being built on a stretch of the Albert Embankment where the River Thames runs north to south. This means the apartments face the west side of the river, allowing residents to watch the sun go down on summer evenings.
The Albert Embankment’s location in the centre of London also means that travelling within the capital could not be easier. A short stroll takes you to Westminster and the South Bank, while the Thames river boat at St George Wharf Pier and the Underground station at Vauxhall are both less than five minutes away.
The new homes being built in Nine Elms are not all found in gleaming examples of ultra-modern architecture.
The loft-style living spaces at Embassy Works, a collection of 37 luxury studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments – plus two duplex penthouses – are in a former laundry warehouse built in the late 1800s that has been transformed to exacting standards.
The apartments, which all have underfloor heating, intelligent lighting systems with tablet/iPad control panels plus wireless entertainment systems, are just a two-minute walk from Vauxhall Station.
As a result of the original building starting its life as a laundry warehouse that serviced upmarket hotels and households in central London, the new apartments also feature high ceilings, exposed brickwork, original decorative archways plus dual aspect windows offering views over Vauxhall Park.
Communal areas also include cycle storage with secure access, secure surface car parking, two passenger lifts and landscaped pocket gardens.
For details of any of the residential developments mentioned above plus other properties for sale or rent in Nine Elms, please contact the team at Garton Jones.
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