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Nine Elms US Embassy: An act of imagination

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US ambassador Louis Susman lives in one of London’s most desirable homes: Winfield House, a 5ha property in Regent’s Park that has been home to ambassadors since Barbara Hutton sold it to the US government for $1 in the 1940s

A small group of Brits had the pleasure of visiting the house last week, for a reception to thank those who have helped with the tricky process of getting the new US embassy underway on a site in Nine Elms, south of the Thames near Battersea Power Station (proposals for this site are pictured above).

This is not exactly a fashionable location: when William Jackson of Cushman & Wakefield, who has managed the property side of things, took Susman to see the site for the first time, he kept telling him, ‘use your imagination!’

An exhibition of the winning and three shortlisted designs will be on show at New London Architecture, London W1, from 23 February.

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