NEO Bankside Building A
Height 0 m / 0 ft
Floors 12
Official Name

The current legal building name.

NEO Bankside Building A
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.


CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

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Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2011

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The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

Structural Material

Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

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Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

Construction Schedule



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GC Bankside LLP
Native Land
Structural Engineer
Waterman Group
MEP Engineer
Hoare Lea
Carillion PLC


Hoare Lea




DP9 Ltd





Façade Maintenance Equipment

Facade Hoists


Watson Steel


04 February 2016

Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their...

About NEO Bankside Building A

This residential scheme lies in the heart of the Bankside area of London, located close to the River Thames and directly opposite the west entrance to Tate Modern and its new extension.

Through careful arrangement of pedestrian pathways, landscaping, and building orientation, a generous public realm is created, which is animated by retail at ground level. Landscaped groves define two clear public routes through the site, which extend the existing landscape from the riverside gardens outside Tate Modern through to Southwark Street, and will act as a catalyst for creating a lively and vibrant environment throughout the year.

The NEO Bankside development occupies a complex, irregular space with particular urban constraints, ranging from the large volume of the museum and its proposed extension, to the adjacent, listed two-story Almshouses. Moving the mass of the buildings away from Southwark Street, as well as from the Almshouses, helps mediate the difference in scale. The four individual buildings step up in height in response to the neighboring properties. The grain of the development encourages permeability and public connectivity through the site, along a route that intuitively seems like the shortest, but also the most pleasant distance between two points. The resulting public realm extends the landscape from Tate Modern’s own microcosm, creating a more consistent physical environment. A plot of land which housed the marketing suite and site office during construction will be gifted to Tate Modern, adding to the public space at the entrance.

The scheme incorporates a combination of renewable energy sources, which provide 10 percent of the energy requirements for the development. The design of NEO Bankside’s energy/services strategy responds to Part L of the Building Regulations and the requirements of the Mayor of London’s Energy Strategy. The development has achieved an EcoHomes “Good” rating.

NEO Bankside’s four hexagonal pavilions have been arranged to provide residents with generous accommodation, stunning views and maximum daylight. The steel and glass pavilions take their cues from the immediate context. The overall design hints at the former industrial heritage of the area during the 19th and 20th centuries, responding in a contemporary language which reinterprets the coloration and materials of the local architectural character. The oxide reds of the Winter Gardens echo those of Tate Modern and nearby Blackfriars Bridge, while the exterior’s timber-clad panels and window louvers give the buildings a warm, residential feeling.

The design of the pavilions communicates permeability, particularly through the use of extensive full-height glazing and fully-glazed winter gardens and transparent elevator cores. In addition, the placement of the buildings on the site helps to ensure that light is able to reach the central, landscaped gardens throughout the day at different times, despite the scale of the development. A combined Heat & Power (CHP) system – in conjunction with solar water heating and a ground-source energy pile system – are used to provide hot water via heat exchange units in each apartment.
NEO Bankside seeks to create a micro-ecological environment in an established urban setting by introducing an orchard of seasonal fruit trees, bat and sparrow boxes, a large and well-stocked herb garden and collection of active beehives, providing honey for residents. To enhance the surrounding social environment, a restaurant within the development encourages al fresco eating and drinking to create a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere for all to enjoy.

04 February 2016

Daniel Safarik, CTBUH

A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their...