Drinks on the house

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

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

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