“ 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
The United States is building a new Embassy in London! Beginning in 2008 when we announced the purchase of a site (Embassy Archive website) 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 KieranTimberlake, 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 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.”
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- New Embassy Design Concept
- Benefits of the New Embassy
- Design video: Youtube
- High-resolution images: Page1 | Page2 | Page3 |
- Overseas Building Office (OBO) in London
- The former American Embassy London Chancery Building
- Unveiling of new design (Embassy Archive website)
- U.S. Takes First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation
- New Embassy timeline & Flickr archive