Purcell has been awarded listed building consent to convert part of the Grade II* listed former Young’s Brewery into a new Heritage Centre and Microbrewery.

Purcell were appointed in July 2017 to help develop and establish the cultural identity of the new Ram Quarter site in Wandsworth, South West London. Plans for the area are due to include a cultural hub within the Grade II* listed brewery building, designed by Purcell.

A bespoke microbrewery, maintaining the destination’s record as Britain’s oldest continuously brewing location, is being designed to work within the building’s constraints. In the Heritage Centre, exhibition areas will tell the history of the site through images and artefacts, which Purcell is also responsible for curating.

The new Ram Brewery and Heritage Centre forms part of Greenland’s development in Wandsworth which celebrates the heritage of the area and the site’s industrial history. Purcell has also taken a cultural advisor role on for the whole Ram Quarter, providing a Sustainable Delivery Plan which focuses on the wider strategy for the Borough of Wandsworth. The project is expected to begin on site in Spring 2018.

Having the opportunity to lead the development on all aspects of the intervention has allowed us to create a careful and consistent proposal where the past and future meet in an exciting new space within a revived site full of new opportunities. By working alongside the council and several community groups, we have devised a strategy that will link the rich history of the site with a contemporary approach for new generations of residents and visitors to celebrate and enjoy.

Bruno Bernardo, Architect