Updated 17 July 2015
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
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.
22 - 29 June
- 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
- Installation of the 28 Miles of heating/chilled water piping continues
- Slab reinforcement and concrete placement has continued on Level 8.
- Decking has started to be laid on Levels 10&11.
- Steel frame erection is up to roof level on the building’s south and west elevations, with completion of this stage within sight.
- CAC = Consular Access Compound
Older news and press releases are in the New Embassy news archive.
• Flickr photos - High-resolution photos
• Design Video (Youtube)
• Aerial View of Nine Elms Development & Location
• Winning Architect Kieran Timberlake
• Overseas Building Operations (OBO)
• U.S. Contractor - B.L Harbert
• UK Subcontractor - Sir Robert McAlpine
“ 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 revitalization here.” — Ambassador Barzun, Ground breaking Ceremony Nov. 2013
Highlights of the Move
May 2015 - Curtain wall installation begins
Feb/Mar 15 – Reinforced concrete shell of Service CAC complete
Feb 15 - Car Park Roof Structure done
Jan 15 – Lvl 2 concrete slab complete
Dec 2014 – Work began on Service and Consular Access Compound (CAC)
Dec 14 - Level 1 Concrete slab done
Nov 14 - Steel Frame complete to Level 4
Oct 14 - Car Park Basement Slab complete
Oct 14- Steel Frame complete to Level 3
Sept 14 - Steel Frame complete Levels 1-2
Aug 14 - Chancery Entry Level Frame Complete
July 14 - Slipform Complete
May 14 - Slipform construction begins
Mar 14 - Basement excavation completed
Jan 14 - Piling complete
Nov 2013 - Groundbreaking Ceremony
Aug 13 - Permanent Site work begins with Piling and Diaphragm wall
July 13 - Test Piling begins
April 13 - B.L.Harbert announced as Contractor
Feb 2010 - Kieran Timberlake is winning Architectural Firm
Mar 09 - Architectural Firms Shortlisted
Current Embassy Location
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Using a GPS or Google Maps?
To reach the U.S. Embassy when using a GPS you must use the postcode W1A 2LQ.
Any other postcode will lead you to a post office sorting station!