This week’s Spring Bank Holiday heatwave was marked by the usual media coverage of sun-worshippers flocking to their nearest body of water in varying stages of sunburn.

Embassy Gardens pool pic

However, it reached new heights – literally – this year as images of swimmers in EcoWorld Ballymore’s recently opened Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens were splashed across newsfeeds and social media.

The 25m-long transparent pool at Nine Elms is the largest freestanding acrylic pool in the world and bridges the gap between two buildings, 10 storeys in the air.

Those brave enough to take the plunge can rest assured the structure was built in a purpose-built extension to fabricator Reynolds’ factory in Colorado, where it was put through “extensive strength-testing” ahead of the long journey to Nine Elms, where it was installed between the buildings with an error margin of just 30cm.

For the thrill seekers reaching for their towels, not so fast – this record breaker is open to residents only.