Beer had been produced on the site since 1581, making it the oldest continuously operating brewery in Britain. Despite Young’s closing in 2006, a small-scale brewery was maintained on site during construction to ensure the development retained this legacy.
Set within the Grade II* listed brewery complex is a new craft brewery, heritage centre and accommodation for independent retailers, restaurants and exclusive loft-style apartments.
The listed buildings have been carefully integrated into the Ram Quarter masterplan which was conceived as a series of interlinked public urban spaces with the previously inaccessible riverfront of the Wandle featuring enhanced biodiversity, planted terraces, footpaths and three new pedestrian bridges.
ARCHITECTURE + MATERIALITY
Ten lower-level buildings adopt and reinterpret the materials, forms and scale of the existing industrial structures to define the urban edges of the public realm. At ground level, the elevations are enlivened with retail units to create a vibrant and active environment, whilst above, the high-quality residential accommodation benefits from the more tranquil setting of private elevated gardens.
Strategically located at the northern end of the development, the residential tower signals the regeneration of Wandsworth and the rediscovery of the River Wandle. Its dynamic triangular form sits purposefully on the ground and emerges with varying setback terraces to reveal a more slender version of itself.
The riverbank has been opened to the public for the first time in centuries and is intrinsic to the public realm design. Enhanced biodiversity, richly planted terraces, pedestrian bridges and new public trails along the river offer valuable opportunities for cycling and walking throughout the scheme.