A £1bn redevelopment scheme at the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, London has been approved by the local council. Developers Minerva will transform the derelict site into a buzzing community of 661 residential units in a new 36-storey tower - 10% of which will be affordable homes - and more than 10,500 sq m of commercial space including retail, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The project will also see a number of historic buildings at the site transformed into a new micro-brewery and brewing museum with the public also provided with approximately 1.2 hectares of open space to enjoy. Plans include the ‘opening up’ of the banks of the River Wandle with new public squares and footpaths and an investment from Minerva of £16.5m which may contribute to the redesign of the Wandsworth one-way-system.
Nick Cuff, Wandsworth Council's planning chairman, said: "The brewery site forms a gaping hole in the very centre of Wandsworth Town, surrounded by walls, locked gates and derelict buildings. This development would open it up as a new pedestrian quarter complete with riverside walks, public square and fantastic heritage attractions like a museum and micro-brewery. The new walking routes it offers would really help to join up the town centre.”