It's no surprise that the London Eye still continues to operate over a decade from when it was built, because the views over central London from its steel and glass cabins are of constant fascination. Today, a superb development on the South Bank provides the same amazing panoramas in a dramatically contemporary architectural container designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (famous for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd's of London and many other modern classics), with extensive glazed walls in a steel and timber structure, creating light, contemporary interiors. The location is at the heart of one of London's most vibrant areas, propelled into the international limelight by the Southbank Centre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Borough Market, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, Thames Path, and the Millennium Bridge which provides an iconic route to St. Paul's and the City. South Bank includes some of London's finest restaurants, and top bars, shopping and markets are just a few minutes' walk away.
Acclaimed architect Richard Rogers said of this project, "The site is extraordinary; there is nowhere quite like it in London. It is a fantastic development." NEO Bankside is in fact the first prime residential development on the South Bank. Construction began in 2009, and completion is scheduled for spring 2012! It is a practical residential location, because the new Blackfriars Station means that Gatwick Airport is accessible in just 35 minutes. It offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, most of which feature Winter Gardens, enclosed terraces suspended from the main structure and integrated into the living space. The Winter Gardens were specifically designed to provide perfect viewpoints onto London's ever-changing and iconically beautiful skyline. The innovative steel external bracing has removed the need for internal walls, maximizing the light entering each apartment. This also means that there is complete flexibility in personalizing the interiors.
Community spirit and concierge services
Apart from the facilities offered by the South Bank area, residents can utilize community amenities included in the development. There are landscaped gardens with groves of birch and alder, fruit trees, a herb garden and even beehives. Wine collectors can use the temperature-controlled wine cellar facility, built with consultancy from wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd. Other attractions will include a luxurious gym and day spa, a private business centre, secure underground parking, the NEO Cycle club, and premium-brand stores, restaurants and delicatessens on the ground floor. Concierge services are available 24 hours a day, ranging from simple tasks such as morning newspapers and coffee to lifestyle commissions such as travel bookings and theatre tickets.
Quite simply, NEO Bankside gives you the chance of owning a home in a timeless, attractive space, offering peace and serenity, along with the knowledge that all that London has to offer is right outside.
NEO Bankside is a development by two of the most innovative property teams in London, Native Land and Grosvenor. For further information, see the website www.neobankside.com, or phone the on-site Sales Pavilion at +44 (0)20 7998 1888. Show apartments have been designed by Anthony Collett and Kerstin Williams, providing inspiring interior design examples.