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New Embassy

Introduction

Updated 02 September 2015

Collage of images of the New London Embassy (OBO)


The United States is building a new Embassy in London!  Beginning in 2008 when we announced the purchase of a site in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, this is a process that will produce a modern, welcoming, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century.

Regarding the move, Ambassador Robert Tuttle, who led the search for a new site, said: “We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable Embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility.”

The design was opened up to competition to ensure the new facility reflects the best of modern design, incorporates the latest in energy-efficient building techniques, and celebrates the values of freedom and democracy.

When announcing the winning design by Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake, Ambassador Susman said “We hope to contribute to the architectural heritage and future history of this great city. We will be, now and in the future, a vital contributor and a good citizen in the community of our new home.”

The New London Embassy (NLE), is under the care of the Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) who now has a dedicated team based in London. The project, due for completion late 2016, has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other U.S. Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds.

At the groundbreaking, Ambassador Barzun said “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 revitalization here.”

Bookmark this to stay up to date with the news on this exciting project, as we contribute a small part to the regeneration of London’s South Bank.  

We will be posting weekly photos of the construction to Flickr.

Latest News from the NLE

August

  • Curtain wall panel installation made good progress this week with works focusing on infilling of panels in the NE corner and the Level 5 panels on the east elevation (photo).
  • Preparation/ waterproofing of the upstands was completed in the Mid-West garden enabling the first couple of window panels to be installed.
  • Further progress was made on the installation of the architectural metal stair in the Gulf Coast garden between Level 5 and 6.


03 - 17 July

  • Good progress continues on the curtain wall, with over 20% of panels now installed (photo)
  • Metal decking installation begins at roof level.
  • Architectural metal stair between level 1 and 2 was completed, and the stair between 3 and 4 has made good progress.
  • North Elevation artwall steelwork erection begins, with East and West nearing completion.

30 June

22 - 29 June

 

First level 3 curtain wall panels were erected during the early part of this week. 
Steel work is more or less complete, just a handful of beams to be placed in the core. 
Steel fixings on level 10 have been complete to allow for the 1st concrete overlay to be poured.
Installation of the East and West art wall steelwork continues.
  • First level 3 curtain wall panels were erected (photo) during the early part of this week. 
  • Steel work is more or less complete, just a handful of beams to be placed in the core. 
  • Steel fixings on level 10 have been complete to allow for the 1st concrete overlay to be poured.
  • Installation of the East and West art wall steelwork continues.

 

15 - 19 June

  • Level 1 curtain wall complete (photo) with exception of areas where hoist and tower cranes are. Progress now continues on level 2.
  • Steel frame is nearing completion with the progress now on the final NE corner.
  • Preparation for concrete pours on level 10 started this week.
  • Consular CAC roof topping slab was concreted last week.

 

08 - 12 June 2015

  • First curtain wall panels hung on Level 2 of the chancery.
  • Chancery steal frame is nearing completion with the progress moving to the final NE corner of the roof.
  • Metal decking continued on the north side of level 11.
  • Partition work continues to progress well at levels 4 and 5.


01 - 05 June 2015

 


Abbreviations used:

  1. CAC = Consular Access Compound

Older news and press releases are in the New Embassy news archive.

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