New US embassy opens in Nine Elms
“Our Nine Elms US embassy is the most advanced we’ve ever built”, US ambassador Johnson recently discussed in his article in the Evening Standard amidst the controversy of the US President canceling his trip for the official embassy inauguration in London.
Undeniably, the new US embassy in Nine Elms and adjacent to Battersea Power Station is the most secure, hi-tech, and environmentally friendly embassy that the United States has ever built. The £750 million “glass cube” on the banks of river Thames was designed by Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake, took four years to complete, and will replace the embassy on Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, which will be transformed into a luxury hotel in a £1bn revamp.
Coming to London for Ambassador Johnson, translates into coming to a city rich in history that’s intertwined with American history and culture. ‘There are hundreds of places that are full of significance to us here: the Rotherhithe port where the Pilgrims embarked on the Mayflower, Benjamin Franklin’s house near Trafalgar Square, the memorial to American Second World War airmen in St Paul’s Cathedral’ he mentioned.
The US government did not randomly choose Nine Elms as the new location for the US embassy since the decision to move was made amid security concerns under the Bush administration. Its opening will kick-start the growth of a new “diplomatic quarter”, with the Dutch embassy also moving to the area and the Chinese reportedly also thinking to make a move nearby.
Nine Elms is currently undergoing a £15 bn regeneration that will transform Vauxhall into a business district and Battersea Power Station into the most desirable address in London. According to Councillor Ravi Govindia, leader of the Wandsworth Council “If Nine Elms was off location yesterday, it is certainly centre stage today. £15 billion transformation of this part of London, that’s bringing 20,000 new homes and 25,000 permanent jobs”.
The forthcoming US embassy is set to attract international crowds who will enjoy this new upscale neighbourhood within Battersea Power Station, where the heart of the regeneration beats with 4,360 new homes and up to 250 retailers and restaurants opening up on site.
The project is already in Phase 2 and 3. Phase 1 saw completion in 2017, with the first lucky residents moving to Circus West and enjoying the ample amenities the development has to offer. The development will feature one of the largest roof gardens in London, the new Apple HQ, and the Power Club, a private members’ club.
Overseas investors have seen the great potential of the Battersea Power Station and have been flocking the development to acquire one of the luxury residences. Battersea Power Station also aims to offer back to the community of Nine Elms by promoting independent entrepreneurs and local artisans while inviting in prime crowds and international publicity.
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