Luxury flats on the Thames

Published by The Telegraph on Monday, 04 July 2011 by Christopher Middleton

With Neo Bankside Thames-side living has certainly come a long way since Dickens’s day, says Christopher Middleton

Forget the Côte d’Azur. You’d be hard put to find a more expensive piece of waterfront real estate in all of Europe than the stretch of River Thames between Blackfriars and London Bridge in south London.

The price of a three-bedroom flat in the newest development here is £5 million, and that’s for a place right next to a power station. Mind you, it’s not just any old power station, it’s the Tate Modern art gallery, which was converted from its electricity-producing role in 2001 and now generates five million visitors per year.

And these aren’t just any old flats, either. This bespoke quartet of apartment blocks is Neo Bankside, designed by Richard Rogers’s world-famous architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. There are 199 apartments, all held together by a set of screwdriver-shaped steel braces attached to the outside of the buildings.

The main purpose of the braces is …

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