RIBA Accolade For Waterside

British Airways’ state-of-the-art Waterside HQ has been included in the prestigious Photograph Collection from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Waterside joins more than 650,000 images of world-wide architecture of all periods in the Collection.

Earliest images date from the Great Exhibition of 1851 and include the work of internationally renowned photographers such as Francis Bedford, Edouard Baldus and Tony Ray-Jones.

Photographs also come from specialist architectural photographers such as Bedford Lemere and Dell & Wainwright.

The collection, generally considered one of the finest in its field, is a heavily used resource supplying images to people and organisations all over the world.


Waterside was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in July 1998. The £200 million business centre near Heathrow was the biggest single-company office development in the UK during the 1990s.

Home to 2,800 employees, Waterside was designed by Norwegian architect Niels Torp. It uses a village concept of streets and neighbourhoods with six four-storey buildings arranged on either side of a 175-metre long glazed atrium, known as “The Street”.

Alison Hartigan, British Airways’ Property Manager, said: “Waterside is a landmark building which has helped bring about a new office culture for the 3,500 people who work in it.

“We`re extremely proud of the building and delighted to see its inclusion in RIBA’s prestigious photographic collection.”