UK based pool designers, Compass Pools, have developed the first pool of its kind for a building in central London.
The design features the only 360-degree pool in the world which will float 200 metres above the capital’s skyline.
The 600,000-litre pool will theoretically be placed atop a 55-storey building and will feature an innovative entry and exit process featuring a spiral staircase and a submarine.
The pool will also feature a transparent floor so visitors can spectate the swimmers from below within the building.
Alex Kemsley, swimming pool designer and technical director of Compass Pools said: “Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.
“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’
“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.
“Swimming in the SkyPool at The Shard, it’s quite a weird feeling to have helicopters flying past at your level, but this pool takes it a step further.
“Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London from 220m up, it really will be something else – but it’s definitely not one for the acrophobic!
“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool.
“Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either.
“The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!”
For more information about Compass Pools and the Infinity London, go to:https://www.compass-pools.co.uk