RAM Brewery, 2020

residential conversion of a Grade II* listed Georgian terrace linked to new riverside apartments

Haworth Tompkins were appointed by Greenland to design phase 3 of the Ram Quarter in Wandsworth in 2017. The site has a Grade II* listed Georgian terrace of town houses on its northern edge with a mix of historical outbuildings and low-grade warehouses on the river Wandle to the south.

The proposals are Heritage led and offer a sympathetic restoration of the existing listed buildings which have suffered from some neglect, unsympathetic alterations and uses over time. With key interventions our proposals are to convert the building back into its original residential use whilst looking to reinstate party walls, chimney breast and room plan forms, to carefully relate back to the original layout and proportions of key rooms as well as undertaking essential repairs to the listed building fabric.

The terrace has three entrances leading to paved courtyard spaces that access the buildings on the river. These existing spaces had an intimate gritty character created by their materiality and scale. They inspired the figure ground for the new proposal which makes reference to the warehouse typology with varying roof pitches and a linear character relating to the original Burbage plots. By building around these spaces with small courtyard houses woven between the smaller scale historic fabric, a strong link between the old and the new development on the river is made. The division of public and private routes allowed the public route on the eastern boundary to accommodate live/work dwellings for artists and a connection to the river and the rest of the RAM brewery development.

This journey, from Wandsworth Plain through the Georgian terrace and its back courtyards, build a series of thresholds into the site, to the new apartment building and ultimately to the river. Once on the river, the buildings, with their varied roof heights and fragmented grain refer back to traditional wharf buildings and begin a dialogue with the larger scale of the earlier phases of the development.

client

greenland group

structural engineer

alan baxter associates

services engineer

hoare lea

landscape architect

gillespies