Embassy Gardens: the jewel in the crown of Central London's largest regeneration
London's new diplomatic precinct offers a prestigious address in the heart of the South Bank.
Across the river from historic Westminster and prestigious Kensington and Chelsea, the South Bank has always been Central London's most dynamic district. The Industrial Revolution transformed this former marshland into London's powerhouse, before the 1951 Festival of Britain established its cultural credentials. Since then, multibillion-pound investments have continued its evolution into a vibrant destination for the arts, business, food and shopping surrounded by the UK capital's most iconic landmarks.
The greatest transformation on the South Bank is taking place at Nine Elms. One of largest regeneration zones in Europe, over £15 billion (HKD 155bn) is being poured into developing 560 acres of prime Zone 1 real estate from an almost blank canvas. More than 40 interconnected developments are creating 20,000 new homes in brand new neighborhoods and bringing new life to local icons like Battersea Power Station, now the home of Apple.
Among these developments is Embassy Gardens, a joint venture between Ireland's Ballymore Group and Malaysia's EcoWorld International that's creating new homes, leisure facilities, offices, shops, restaurants and green space in an upscale neighborhood anchored by the new US Embassy. Connected to the wider city by two new Tube stations, riverboats and footbridges over the Thames, this riverside quarter is an appealing address for residents and investors alike.
Home of culture and creativity
Between Vauxhall and Battersea, Nine Elms on the South Bank encompasses some of London's most popular sights and experiences and is walking distance from many more – from heritage landmarks such as the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben to modern attractions like the London Eye and a wealth of cultural venues including the Southbank Centre, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern.
The South Bank isn't just for tourists though, offering all the lifestyle perks you'd expect in the heart of a world-class capital. Along with the local shops, bars, restaurants and Waitrose supermarket at Embassy Gardens, the UK's largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market is close by at New Covent Garden Market. There's no shortage of remarkable dining options either, with restaurants opening in unique venues such as Damien Hirst's Newport Street art gallery and the new Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station.
Apple's proposed campus at Battersea Power Station's Boiler House will draw 1,400 employees to the area by 2021, completing its transition to a major business hub, while the Northern Line extension of the London Underground is expected to create 25,000 new jobs. The new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are within minutes of Embassy Gardens, offering direct access to the city and putting three of London's major airports less than 40 minutes away.
Embassy Gardens is directly linked to Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall station and town center by the Linear Park, the green 'spine' of Nine Elms that offers pedestrian and cycle access 24 hours a day. Embassy Gardens itself covers 15 acres and will house up to 2,000 new residences and 130,000 square feet of retail and dining space, including boutiques and cafes at New Union Square.
The Legacy Buildings at Embassy Gardens offer stylish and comfortable living fit for this new diplomatic quarter, with architecture by Arup Associates and interiors by Luis Bustamente inspired by the classic Manhattan loft. Each of the one and two-bedroom apartments and suites is furnished and finished in premium materials, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking across to the US Embassy, down to the gardens or up to the Sky Pool – the world-first 'floating' swimming pool suspended between the buildings at 35 meters.
In addition to the Sky Pool, membership of the Eg:le Club offers Embassy Gardens residents private access to a first-class range of amenities, including a rooftop bar, lounge, business centre, gym and health spa, private cinema and concierge service. The Legacy Buildings at Embassy Gardens are expected to welcome their first residents in 2019 and will be available for overseas property buyers shortly.