Drinks on the house
LOFT-LOVERS are celebrating the launch of apartments carved from listed buildings at the UK’s oldest brewery. For generations, the Ram Brewery, on a four-and-a-half-acre site in Wandsworth town centre, was enclosed by high walls and cut off to the public, corralled by a car-clogged one-way system hostile to pedestrians and preventing any real sense of neighbourhood.
Now though, the old brewery is on its way to becoming The Ram Quarter, a fashionable waterfront spot with 663 homes. Most of these are in shiny, modern apartment blocks, whereas Coopers’ Lofts comprises just 14 characterful properties in restored heritage buildings that will also incorporate a museum with original machinery.
Even the residents’ lobby features an ancient beam engine encased in glass, while the apartments have comforting, vaulted ceilings and exposed-brick walls.
Ram Brewery closed down in 2006 after a brewing tradition dating back to 1512, the longest in the UK. The Ram Quarter will feature a new boulevard with shops, bars and restaurants, cutting through the site alongside the River Wandle. About half the area will be open public space, with courtyard gardens and a market square. Prices start at £480,000. Call 020 3751 3190 for more.
Characterful: heritage buildings now house loft-style flats at The Ram Quarter in SW18, where homes start at £480,000