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Monday28 July 2014

EPR takes second stab with resi tower

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Practice hopes revised London scheme gets planning OK

EPR Architects' redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth

View of the Wandle from the high street

EPR Architects has submitted plans for a 35-storey tower as part of a 669-home redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth.

The application marks the practice’s second attempt to secure permission for a redevelopment on behalf of developer Minerva.

An earlier proposal which included two towers of 32 and 34-storeys as part of an 829-home scheme was rejected after being called in by communities secretary Eric Pickles in 2010.

Pickles said the two towers “would be so overwhelming that they would harm the character and setting of listed buildings” on the site.

The latest plans include 166 homes within the tower and the additional homes spread across the site in low-rise blocks alongside shops, bars and restaurants.

Minerva said its plans retain many of the historic buildings on the site. A micro-brewery and brewing museum form part of the proposals.

Tim Garnham, joint chief executive of Minerva, said: “We have worked hard to create a scheme which will showcase the site’s heritage buildings as well as provide new public spaces, incorporating the restoration of the River Wandle which will run through the heart of the development.”

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  • zecks_marquise

    why have two slender towers when you can have one fat one? I think Pickles should lay off the kitkat chunkies for a while

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  • looks like a cost effective solution to a footage problem.
    boring. tedious. banal.

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