Published On: Tue, Feb 16th, 2016

Roman Abramovich to replace his ‘miserable’ swimming pool in £125 million London megahome revamp

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Billionaire Roman Abramovich has been given the go-ahead to replace his swimming pool with an underground  Victorian-inspired leisure complex,  as part of a major transformation of his £125 million megahome.

It is believed that Chelsea owner to be inspired by the Guastavino tile vaults at New York’s City Hall subway station and the Hornsey Wood reservoir under Finsbury Park.

Abramovich owns a house on Kensington Palace Gardens, known as Billionaires’ Row and home to the ‘who’s who’ of high society.

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But despite being a beautiful 16, 000 sq/ft family home the Russian tycoon decided to give it an overhaul.

After eight months of planning work, the Chelsea owner has been awarded permission to build new swimming pool with staff accommodation.

The swimming pool will have a vaulted ceiling, using either bricks or tiles, with light entering via a series of planted water troughs in the garden immediately above.

After first submitting the plans in June 2015, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea green-lit the proposals on Friday.
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