EPR Architects / Greenland
Initially conceived by Minerva and Delancey, Greenland UK took ownership of the project in 2014 as the sole developer. The first phase of Ram Quarter was completed in 2018 and includes Grade II* listed brewery buildings which have been sensitively repurposed to include commercial and cultural spaces at ground and first floor level with exclusive loft-style apartments above. Due to the history and the particularly complex nature of the site’s location, EPR faced the challenge of creating a development that could successfully respond to the context whilst enhancing the heritage assets and community. The innovative masterplan, which was conceived as a series of high-quality, inter-linked urban spaces with new pedestrian links, provides more than 300 beautifully crafted apartments, access to the River Wandle and improves connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods. The new buildings adopt and reinterpret the materials, forms, and scale of the historic structures to define the urban edges of the public realm. At ground level, the elevations are enlivened with a range of commercial spaces. The sensitive retention of the significant listed buildings, high-quality new homes and wide array of commercial offerings appeal to the demographic of young professionals and families looking to live, work and play in a thriving urban area of southwest London.