An iconic complex of 229 luxury apartments, together with some commercial accommodation, spread across five buildings on the south bank of the Thames next to the Tate Modern, NEO Bankside is a very desirable address.
GC Bankside LLP
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The project was designed to make maximal use of natural light and the location’s superb views of the River Thames. It has received more than 10 design awards, as well being shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
This residential development provides luxury apartments in four hexagonal towers ranging in height from twelve to twenty four storeys with commercial accommodation in a fifth six storey building.
The development returns the site to its original residential use and follows the diagonal grid of the 17th century street pattern.
The ground floor provides retail units and commercial spaces within a generous landscaped public realm. Car parking, plant rooms and ancillary spaces are provided within a single storey basement which extends over the footprint of the site. A glass walled gym nestles amongst the landscaping, making full use of an innovative steel “sandwich-panel-system” roof, originally developed for the ship-building industry, to minimize the depth of the roof structure.
The comparatively poor ground conditions and high building loads required the development to be supported on bentonite stabilised large diameter piles extending into the Thanet sands some 50m into the ground.
The residential pavilions are formed using concrete flat slabs supported on columns with lateral stability provided in an external steel exoskeleton. Located outside of the cladding, the buildings distinctive bracing structure and vertical circulation towers evolved from a desire to remove internal structure as far as possible, creating highly flexible internal spaces. The bracing also provides vertical support to winter-garden balconies, to the north and south ends of each building, which are hung from this structure.
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