On July 23rd, councillors approved plans to redevelop the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth Town which would create 661 new homes and more than 500 permanent jobs.
Around 266 construction jobs would also be generated while the derelict site is being brought back into use. The brewery, which was a major local employer, stopped wholesale production several years ago.
The approved plans include a 36-storey residential tower, as well as more than 10,683 square metres of commercial space including new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
The site’s historic buildings will be restored and brought into public use as a new micro-brewery and brewing museum.
The banks of the River Wandle would be opened up and a network of public squares and footpaths would run through the site and around the heritage buildings. Approximately 1.2 hectares of new public open space will be created.
The developers will pay around £16.5million in community infrastructure levy (CIL) which could go towards a redesign of the Wandsworth one-way-system.
This heavily congested gyratory cuts the town centre in two and blights the high street with four lanes of traffic. The council is working with TfL to develop a new road system which would rechannel through traffic and reconnect both side of the town.
Ten per cent of the new homes would be affordable units with priority going to existing Wandsworth residents. If the value of the private accommodation rises the developer will provide a further £1.2million payment towards building more affordable housing in the local area.
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.
“This project also comes with a £16m infrastructure payment which we want to channel into a redesign of the gyratory. Removing through traffic from the high street would be another major lift for Wandsworth Town and trigger another wave of new investment. The Mayor and Transport for London can see the benefits and we are working together to try and make it happen.”
View the application documents online at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning – search for reference 2012/5286.
Regenerating Wandsworth Town
Wandsworth Town is going through a dramatic change of identity which has already seen the creation of hundreds of new homes and major improvements to the town centre. Several major developments are currently underway including:
Southside Shopping Centre – the transformation of Southside has brought dozens of popular fashion chains to the town centre along with a 14-screen Cineworld, Waitrose and Virgin Active health club. Owner Metro Shopping Fund has recently announced a pre-let to Debenhams, which will be the town’s first department store. This letting will kick-start a £40m redevelopment of part of the complex, which is due to complete in 2015.
The Filaments – comprising two adjacent sites just of Wandsworth High Street – this scheme will feature a total of 416 homes as well as 7,276 square metres of commercial/retail space and 182 parking spaces. The scheme will also provide new public space, a private garden and waters features. It includes new pedestrian links between King George’s Park and the high street.
Sainsbury’s Garratt Lane – the project is creating a larger supermarket with improved customer toilets, baby changing facilities, new ATMs and a click and collect counter. The scheme also includes a new Premier Inn Hotel for the town centre and new shop units for other retailers. There will also be a new café, learning centre and Shopmobility service for disabled customers. More than 200 new jobs will be created across the site.
Battersea Reach – this once derelict industrial estate to the east of Wandsworth Bridge has been transformed with hundreds of new homes, a new stretch of Thames riverside walk, public open spaces, bars, cafés, restaurants, shops as well as health and leisure facilities.
Wandsworth Riverside Quarter – this mixed-use development includes hundreds of homes, public spaces, a riverside walk and a range of commercial space including shops, cafes restaurants and offices. This site is located just to the west of Wandsworth Bridge where the River Wandle meets the Thames.