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New Embassy


Updated 14 April 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

01 - 10 April 2015

23 - 27 March 2015

16 - 20 March 2015

  • Perimeter columns along the south and east elevations are beign erected for Level 10 and Level 11 steelwork.
  • Upstand plinths around the perimeter of the service CAC roof structure continue to be cast.
  • Decking installation has started on floors 7 and 8.
  • Final east ramp pours are being cast.

09 - 13 March 2015

03 - 06 March 2015

  • Metal decking on level 7 is almost complete (via Flickr)
  • Service Consular Access Compound roof slab continues with concrete pours due later this week
  • Reinforcement of South section of Lvl 5 is completed ahead of concrete pours this week.
  • Roof reinforcement continued on parking garage below footprint of the Main Entry CAC in preparation for concrete pours to begin later this month.


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


Highlights of the Move

Current Embassy Location

  • Link to large-scale map of embassy streetmap

    Click for large map

    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!