The Ram Quarter, formerly the Young’s Brewery site, has been a well-known landmark in the heart of Wandsworth Town centre for over 150 years. The historic Grade II* Brewery Complex and Grade II listed Stables will be sensitively restored to provide accommodation for boutiques, restaurants, a craft-brewery, a brewery museum and above these a limited number of exclusive loft style apartments. The previously inaccessible riverfront will feature enhanced biodiversity, terraces, pedestrian footpaths and three new bridges.
Strategically located at the northern end of the development the residential tower signals the regeneration of Wandsworth Town 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. Whilst the three elevations produce an elegant silhouette, the dramatic angular corners emphasize the buildings verticality and address the three principle approaches from the town centre, the borough and London.
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.
The proposed redevelopment of the Ram Brewery will create a new urban quarter that celebrates and preserves the strong heritage of the historic site and its brewery buildings creating a vibrant new heart within Wandsworth Town centre.
The towers triangular form responds perfectly to the shape of the site, helping to define the public realm along the river and creating an elegant object on the skyline. The development of The Ram Quarter and the addition of this striking new tower have put Wandsworth back on the map and created a stylish urban hub for South West London.
The palette of materials used on the tower contrast those used across the Brewery Complex with ones more appropriate to a modern tall building. 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 which provide both privacy and articulation to the façade.
Beer has been brewed on the site since 1581, making it the oldest working brewery in Britain. Despite Young’s closing in 2006, a small-scale brewery has been kept on site during construction to ensure the development continues to build on this legacy. The Ram Quarter retains its rich heritage by integrating the listed buildings into the masterplan, housing a new micro-brewery and brewery museum.
Client: Minerva plc + Greenland Group | Services: Masterplanning + Architecture | Size: 661 apartments