Building work is complete at the new American Embassy in Nine Elms.
The embassy will open in 2018. As well as the new embassy, Apple is also moving its UK headquarters and around 3,000 staff to new offices at Battersea Power Station, while the Nine Elms regeneration as a whole is expected to create 25,000 new jobs and thousands of new homes including around 2,400 new affordable homes.
Council leader Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “The mere announcement of the Embassy coming to Nine Elms became a magnet for new investment. It was that vital catalyst for a regeneration program which is delivering tens of thousands of jobs and homes to the area.
“Where the State Department led others followed – of particular note for us was the subsequent announcements that Apple will be moving to Nine Elms and that the Royal College of Art is expanding its campus and innovation centre in Battersea”.
KieranTimberlake, the architect for the project, said: “The State Department envisioned a new embassy in London that would serve as the centerpiece of one of America’s longest-standing and most valued relationships.
“The Nine Elms district, a South Bank industrial zone under intense redevelopment, is a unique setting for the new embassy. With an estimated 1,000 daily visitors and 800 staff, the embassy is poised to establish a strong framework for the urbanisation of Nine Elms.
“The embassy stands at the center of this burgeoning area of London, with a public park containing a pond, walkways, seating, and landscape along its edges. The design for the new embassy represents a holistic fusion of urbanism, building and landscape.”
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