In 2013 EPR secured planning consent for a residential-led mixed-use masterplan which is transforming the site of the former Young’s Ram Brewery into a new urban quarter that celebrates the strong heritage of the brewery whilst creating a vibrant new heart to the centre of Wandsworth Town.
Beer had been produced on the site since the early sixteenth century, and it is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Britain. A nanobrewery has been maintained on site during construction.
Within the masterplan, the Grade II* Listed Brewery Complex includes a new craft brewery and heritage centre, space for independent retailers and restaurants, and exclusive loft-style apartments. These 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 available to the public, and featuring enhanced biodiversity, planted terraces, footpaths and new pedestrian bridges.
Ten low-rise buildings sit alongside the heritage Brewery Complex within the masterplan, adopting and reinterpreting the form 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 town centre, whilst above, the high quality residential accommodation benefits from the tranquil private elevated gardens.
The masterplan includes a residential tower, strategically located at the northern end of the development, to signal the regeneration of Wandsworth Town and the rediscovery of the River Wandle. The tower’s triangular form responds perfectly to the shape of the site, helping to define the public realm along the river whilst creating interest in the south London skyline. The three elevations produce an elegant silhouette, whilst the angular corners emphasise the building’s height and address the three principal approaches from the town centre, the borough and London.
The palette of materials used on the tower contrasts with the predominantly brick façades of the low rise buildings. Glass is used in varying degrees of opacity, from clear to ceramic-backed and insulated. Punctuated full-width balconies sit around the perimeter of the residential floors with wooden screens to provide privacy and articulation to the façade.
EPR worked with Minerva plc and Delancey to secure planning consent for the development masterplan, and then subsequently with Greenland (UK) Investment Ltd which purchased the scheme in 2014 and is now building it.
Client: Minerva plc + Delancey / Greenland (UK) Investment Ltd | Services: Masterplanning + Architecture | Size: 713 apartments