|Title:||Ram Quarter, Wandsworth, London, UK|
|Photography:||John Sturrock and James Newton|
RAM Quarter has transformed the former historic Young's RAM Brewery into a residential-led cultural destination in the heart of Wandsworth Town Centre by client Greenland. The vibrant new quarter celebrates and preserves the sites strong heritage whilst opening it up to the public through new riverside walks, pedestrianised streets and a public square.
At the heart of the masterplan is the Grade II* listed brewery, which has been retained and transformed into a new craft brewery and heritage centre, alongside space for new independent retailers and restaurants.
The new public realm by Gillespies has opened up this once inaccessible site through the creation of a series of high-quality, inter-linked urban spaces and pedestrian links that improve access to the River Wandle and the surrounding neighbourhood. At ground level, the buildings are enlivened with retail units to create a vibrant town centre.
A key part of the public realm design is the rehabilitation of the River Wandle - which flows through the heart of the development - through enhanced biodiversity, richly planted terraces, pedestrian bridges and new public trails along the river's edge that will offer valuable opportunities for cycling and walking, helping to reconnect Londoners with the River and nature.