• 17 July 2015

Waterman designed NEO Bankside shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

We are delighted that Neo Bankside has made the shortlist for the prestigious 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

Waterman were the structural engineering designers for the buildings and below ground works.

The multi-award winning development, has been recognised for its structurally-impressive luxury housing towers which provide the highest-quality living space for the capital’s diverse and growing community.

NEO Bankside is a striking residential development, located next to the iconic Tate Modern Gallery on the banks of the River Thames, which comprises of 217 apartments set across four residential pavilions, with each pavilion ranging in height from 12 to 24 storeys. The pavilions themselves are characterised by an elegant structural steel bracing system, designed by Waterman’s Structures team. This bold and repeating diagonal pattern of external steel bracing features across all four buildings and performs a crucial structural role to help unify the site.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder, said: “The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the building that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year. Every one of the six shortlisted buildings illustrates why great architecture is so valuable. It has the power to delight, inspire and comfort us at all stages of our lives; to improve a student’s potential to learn, to provide a family with a decent home, and to create a sensitive and uplifting healthcare environment. In the shortlist we have six model buildings that will immeasurably improve the lives and wellbeing of all those who encounter them. The shortlisted projects are each surprising new additions to urban locations – hemmed in to a hospital car park, in-filling an east London square, completing a school campus – but their stand-out common quality is their exceptionally-executed crafted detail. From the simple palette of materials used on the Maggie’s Centre, to the huge repeating facades of Neo Bankside, every detail on every building, both internally and externally, is well-executed.”

“Not only are these the best new housing projects, school, university, cultural and health buildings in the country today, they are game-changers that other architects, clients and local authorities should aspire to. The RIBA Stirling Prize judges have an unenviable task.”

The winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 15 October at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London.

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