European Prize of Architecture 2008
European Prize of Architecture 2008 diploma awarded for canal side development, Bear Wharf in Reading
A new canal side development, Bear Wharf, in Reading designed by Nigel Anderson has been awarded a diploma from Philippe Rotthier European Prize of Architecture 2008 organised by The Fondation pour l'Architecture, in collaboration with A Vision of Europe & Civicarch.
Set up in 1982 by the architect Philippe Rotthier, this triennial architectural prize rewards projects that consciously identify with the traditional concept of the town or city as seen through European eyes. The prize aims to draw attention to contemporary urban architectural work which is often ignored by critics and the specialised press and to raise the expectations of the public, elected representatives and sponsors.
Bear Wharf occupies a site within the city centre of Reading alongside the River Kennet and adjacent to the Oracle Shopping Centre. The site measures some 90 metres along the riverside with a depth back to Fobney Street of approximately 25 to 30 metres. The developer required a high density and high quality open market scheme containing a mix of two and three bedroom flats with each having one secure allocated car space. The scheme provides a distinctive landmark in this part of Reading and sets new standards and values for new residential accommodation within the City Centre.