NEO Bankside is a new luxury residential development in London on a high profile site adjacent to the Tate Modern.
The landscape design seeks to place NEO Bankside within a richly landscaped environment, blending private garden spaces with tree-lined linear groves of alder and birch which form the boundary to a new public realm. The gardens are accessible to the public during the day.
The landscape strategy defines the threshold between semi private, private and publically accessible spaces through the use of heavily planted berms, pebble lined moats, stone lined cuttings and narrow walkways that combine to create a strong sense of identity for the site.
The theme of the groves echoes the planted language around Tate Modern and in so doing helps to reinforce and unify the network of public spaces in the wider area, creating a clear relationship with adjacent public spaces.
Approximate Map Location
London Borough of Southwark
|Type of scheme|
New residential development
Winner, LI Awards 2013, Design for Small Scale Private Development category
770 square metres
Specialist planting consultant: Growth Industry |Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) |Engineers: Hoare Lea
Naturalistic groves of birch and alder forests
A formal herb garden, fruit orchard and a central jewel garden
Large tracts of native plants set within groves of trees provide a ‘bank’ of flowers, seeds and nesting material that will encourage a range of wildlife to the space and encourage biodiversity.
Rainwater harvesting is central to the basement design and construction. Water retention boards (reservoirs) have been laid over the structural slab to provide a reserve of water for maintaining soil saturation and limiting the amount of irrigation water required.
Main Contractor: Carillion Artas-ua.info contractor: Frosts Artas-ua.info Construction