Work starts on new US Embassy

US-embassy-raviLeader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia and U.S. Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun have officially broken ground on the new American Embassy in London.

The new Embassy, designed by KieranTimberlake, is now being built close to the Thames riverside in Nine Elms on the South Bank. It should open in 2017.

Cllr Govindia said: “The US Government was among the very first institutions to buy-in to our vision for Nine Elms and their investment was a watershed moment in the area’s transformation.

“The Embassy has been a magnet for new investment and a vital catalyst for a regeneration programme which is delivering tens of thousands of jobs and homes.”

Ambassador Barzun said: “Today is for celebrating a new facet of the special relationship.  The U.S. and the U.K. have long been partners in development across the globe.  But today we celebrate a different kind of development – the continued development and evolution of London itself.

“We are proud to be putting down roots in Nine Elms.  And we’re proud to provide an anchor for more businesses and jobs, bringing thousands of new neighbors to fuel economic revitalisation here.”

The new embassy will include a chancery, a consular section, support spaces, a U.S. Marine residence, access pavilions and parking.

Its design incorporates cutting edge sustainable features including aspirations for carbon neutrality, a self-sufficient water system and sets a goal for meeting the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating.

The area immediately south of the site is set to become a new public plaza. This open space will form a key link in a new linear park which will run all the way through Nine Elms from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station.

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