Designed by internationally renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, NEO Bankside has already won a string of awards and was recently shortlisted for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Neo Bankside is a prestigious residential scheme located next to the Tate Modern and for which Shadbolt supplied a large quantity of FSC certified straight grain European oak veneered panels, fire doors and solid oak hardwood framesets, the faces of which were veneered to match in with the surrounding panelling. A large quantity of white lacquered doors and framesets was also supplied.
Like many of Richard Rogers’ buildings, the load bearing is taken care of by a complex external bracing system with the objective of freeing up internal space; this allows high ceilings within each apartment and floor space flexibility throughout.
Bankside is historically one of Britain’s oldest settlements dating back over 6,000 years. In the 18th century it was known for its manufacturing industries, gardens and pubs and, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was an area full of wharves and warehouses. It is noted that the design of Neo’s exposed steel structure pays homage to the area’s former industrial past, including the use of colour, with the red oxide painted steel complementing nearby Blackfriars Bridge.
The area was badly damaged during the World War 2 blitz and, together with the industrial decline which then followed, the area was largely abandoned until the late 1990’s with the reconstruction of The Globe Theatre and the conversion of the Bankside power station into the Tate Modern.
With a riverside view and within comfortable walking distance of the financial centre of the City, via the Millennium Bridge, Neo Bankside is ideally located. London’s cultural heart, including the Globe Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, is also nearby.