The Ram Quarter
In 2013 EPR secured planning consent for a residential led mixed use masterplan which has transformed the Young’s Brewery site into a new urban quarter that celebrates the strong heritage of the Ram Brewery buildings whilst creating a vibrant new heart to Wandsworth Town centre.
Beer had been produced on the site since 1581, making it the oldest continuously operating brewery in Britain and 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.
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. The towers triangular form responds perfectly to the shape of the site, helping to define the public realm along the river whilst creating visual intrigue to the South London skyline. The three elevations produce an elegant silhouette, whilst the dramatic angular corners emphasize the buildings verticality and address the three principle approaches from the town centre, the borough and London.
The palette of materials used on the tower contrast 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 both privacy and articulation to the façade.
The ten low rise buildings adopt and reinterpret 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 more tranquil setting of private elevated gardens.
Client: Minerva plc + Delancey | Services: Masterplanning + Architecture | Size: 661 apartments