South London: The Ram Brewery & Collingham House
Two new projects for the London Borough of Wandsworth have been recently announced. The first is a £600 million development of The Ram Brewery and the second is for £950,000 a new mixed use plan for Collingham House in Wimbledon. The brewery was the oldest in Britain in operation having opened in 1831 and closed in 2006.
The Ram Quarter
Plans were recently described in the Wandsworth Guardian for the £600 million development at The Ram Brewery near Ram Road, the new mixed use regeneration scheme that is being planned by developer Greenland Group. The four and a half acre site in the town centre will be transformed into The Ram Quarter with 663 new homes in apartment blocks that will also feature a museum and the original machinery for the brewery.
Plans also will provide a new shopping district with bars and restaurants with half the area devoted to be used as public space. A new 2,208 sq ft. heritage centre has just started construction and is expected to be open to the public by November 2018.
Speaking to the Wandsworth Guardian Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:
“The creation of the Ram Quarter is a key element of the council’s regeneration of Wandsworth Town Centre.”
“It’s excellent news that the rich history of the site will be reflected in this cultural plan and that our thriving arts community is fully involved in creating a new cultural hub for the town which all our residents can enjoy.”
Also commenting Taotao Song, managing director of Greenland (UK) Investment :
“We are delighted to be working closely with the local community and highly commended artists to create this exciting new cultural centre for the whole of south London.
“This arts programme will establish the Ram Quarter as the dynamic heart of the town centre, with its own unique appeal that enhances Wandsworth’s existing cultural offering.”
The former market town is planning to bring back its harvest festival featuring the hops that are grown and to be used by a new microbrewery.
Also contributing are local artists Tania Kovats and Neville Gabie for exhibitions featuring The Tapestry Commission for the history of the River Wandle and The Ram Brewery.
The River Wandle which will run along side of the new development will have Paul Winton working with Greenland to provide 2,000 new plants to be added to the river bank. Three new bridges will allow residents to walk from one side of the new Ram Quarter to the other.
Starting prices for the new homes are £480,000.
Collingham House, Wimbledon SW19
The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) has issued an offer for an architect to help produce plans for the new mixed use redevelopment of the 1950’s Collingham House. The architect chosen will plan the new £950,000 9,300 sq m for new office, retail, leisure and residential space to be completed by 2022 according to Architects Journal. Planning permission for the current complex at Gladstone Road and Russell Road was granted three years ago.
The existing building site is described as :
‘The property comprises a number of buildings of existing retail, leisure and office use with significant redevelopment potential.
‘The authority is seeking to procure architectural services from an experienced architect to provide design work and subsequent services to obtain a planning permission for the potential redevelopment of Collingham House, Wimbledon, London, SW19.’
A previous contest was won by Spanish architect Pablo Sendra two years. He was awarded £3,000 his ideas on transforming and improving the retail and transport for the district over a 15 year period.
His design was chosen for its use of ‘gamification’ that had the building elements of a large dome, escalators, playgrounds and rooftop cinema among others.
The area is well known for its sports landmarks including the All England Tennis and Croquet Club and the Wimbledon Greyhound stadium which is now being developed for the AFC Football Club.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on the 6 November.