The US State Department has unveiled plans to build a new £650m embassy in Wandsworth, south London, to replace its current home at 1 Grosvenor Square.
The design for the glass-fronted building, which features a moat, was unveiled yesterday.
US state officials said a US construction firm will be brought in to complete the ‘ultra-secure’ 45,000m2 embassy, with the help of local sub-contractors.
Work on the new 12-storey carbon-neutral embassy will begin in 2013 and has been earmarked for completion in 2017.
“We will replace our current embassy, which has become overcrowded, does not meet modern office needs and required security standards - and, after 50 years, is showing signs of wear and tear,” Louis Susman, US ambassador to the UK, said.
“This effort has special significance in that we are creating a new home and focal point for one of our most cherished and bilateral relationships.”